Have you felt the hurt of things
Have you come to doubt
Days of loathing self and all
Trying to sort it out?
Did you bathe the thing in prayer
Did the Lord come near
Did he let His power descend?
Surely ending fear.
You have had your gains of faith
When you knew Christ came.
Let us give each other slack
Pathways not the same.
What imaginings God has used
Each tuned to each heart
Not a cookie cutter thing
Different Body parts.
So you’re getting water baptized?
People at that church are eager
To have you pass through the dunking.
Yes Jesus did say ‘Believe and be baptized’.
And they will receive their own satisfaction
Chests expanded with the thought
That they had brought it together.
But really we have here a New Believer
So very eager to obey in
The next perceived directive from the Master.
Hear that again; saved already
Through Sovereign Choice
Through repentance unto Life.
A most personal passage
Bringing the Joy of forgiveness and rest.
Regeneration is a done deal.
But then Friend, we have that issue
Of the Lordship of King Jesus.
And baptism is a confession of that fact.
There is such a translation through the New Birth
The old life is dead (under the waters)
The New Life has come supernaturally
(Rising up again to delightful fresh air).
We show that we have followed Jesus
Will follow Jesus, whatever the challenge.
It is a little thing
For God to start up my breath
Little for eyes to gain sharp clarity
Little to imitate the parents’ laughter.
And so up the ladder of years.
This is the Lord of Angel Armies.
Why, just one of those angels
Routed enemies 126,000 in number.
While the preserved clans slept.
He has knowledge of my concerns
Heard my tense supplications
Is taking up the remedy
Even now as I finish this little tribute
To the Almighty One and Father.