Called Desiring God

Called Five miles southeast of Nazareth A young man drew his final breath, And perished in his mother’s arms. She stared across the olive farms South to the Plain of Esdraelon; And back and forth she rocked her son, Her only son, and held his head Against the breast where she ha
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Jesus Desiring God

Jesus “Maria?” “Yes, my love, I’m here.” “It hurts, O God, it hurts! I fear The worst for me tonight.” “Rest now Dear Joseph, God will not allow Your faith more pain than it can bear.” “Maria, are the children there?” &
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Ezekiel’s wife Desiring God

Ezekiel’s wife Ezekiel sat stunned and cold. The word that he had just been told Converted every large complaint He ever made into a faint Concern. No pain would be absurd, He thought, if this one word Of God could be withdrawn tonight, “I would engage in any fight For you
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Abraham Desiring God

Abraham Across the field and through the trees of Ephron, slumped upon his knees Beside the cave of Machpelah, The old man scorned anathema For love and kissed the ivory lips Of his dead wife; then laid the strips Of silk and linen on her face, As beautiful today with grace, He though
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Hannah Desiring God

Hannah The old man thought that she was drunk! We don’t expect a Jewish monk With sacrilegious sons to see Much more in Hannah’s ecstasy. The blind will gaze at the divine No matter where, and call it wine. And yet old Eli spoke for God (God takes a bramble for his rod!):
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Mighty Mercy Desiring God

Mighty Mercy God loves to “magnify His sovereign strength.” This is the answer to the question John Piper poses in the poem “Mighty Mercy”: Why did God choose such “strange and roundabout” providence “[t]o get Messiah where He must be born?
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Zechariah Desiring God

Zechariah The priests and merchants in the hills, And girls and women at the mills, Had smiled at old man Zach as long As many could recall. “The song!” They’d shout, when he returned to them From duty in Jerusalem, “The song!” For twenty years they’
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A gift from Eli Desiring God

A gift from Eli Her mother said, “It’s no concern; When you’re with child you have to learn That ankles which were once quite thin Swell, near the end, like new wine skin; And sandal straps sink as in clay And leave prophetic lines which say The child is near. The ch
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Foreknown and destined in the Son Desiring God

Foreknown and destined in the Son About a trillion centuries Before the world was made, and seas Of deep and empty space were not Yet there to make an endless spot For nothingness, nor Gabriel, Nor Lucifer, nor flames of hell, Nor beasts and elders round the throne, But only God the L
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Moses Desiring God

Moses A hundred-twenty years the friend Of God! Heart flaming to the end. And in the crystal eyes a fire From what he’d seen of God’s Desire. An unabated strength of soul Had kept his mind and body whole. O, how he longed to lift his rod Once more and watch the arm of God
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