God’s Words

God’s words are like the rain and snow
That fall on dry, thirsty ground,
So seeds can be planted and crops be grown
To bring forth a plentiful yield.

The crops are ripe and ready to harvest,
But the workers are few.
Ask the Lord to send out more lab’rers
So nothing will be lost.

As the Word of God goes around the earth
And drenches dry, thirsty hearts,
It never comes back to Him again
Till it’s done all He wants it to do.

The crops are ripe and ready to harvest,
But the workers are few.
Ask the Lord to send out more lab’rers
So no one will be lost.

About This Song:

I admit it! With just over two hundred songs under my belt, I have no choice but to recycle my songs on this blog. I do try to update what I say about them, however, and today’s song is no exception.

Even though I posted this originally not quite one year ago, I’ve made a major revision–actually an addition–I want to share with you.

“God’s Words” as posted on September 13 last year was a rewrite of another song called “A Special Rain.”  It was also based on Isaiah 55:10-11…

10 As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
(NIV)

I haven’t changed the words this time, but I’ve added a refrain based on Luke 10:2…

He told them: “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.
(HCSB)

That was Jesus speaking to His disciples. He knew the evangelism of the whole world would require more than his twelve original disciples. So He told them to pray for additional workers.

I hope you noticed the one difference in the first refrain and the second one. Even though the first stanza makes the comparison of God’s Words with watering the earth, that stanza really emphasizes the farming aspects.  So the refrain for that stanza ends with…

So nothing will be lost.

The second stanza focuses on the effect of God’s Word going around the earth–the effect on the people who hear it. So that refrain ends with…

So no one will be lost.

I believe this song now seems more complete than before.

If I read the Scripture passages correctly, the fulfillment of God’s Word depends on His specific purpose, however. His purpose is often different from ours.

Nonetheless, my wife and I will continue to pray that God’s Words will eventually touch the hearts of some people who’re very close to us, people who don’t want to listen to us.

To see, print, or download a free PDF lead sheet of this song, go to the Lead Sheets tab on this blog.

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Best regards,
Roger

 

About Roger E. Bruner

Seventy-four-year-old Roger E. Bruner is the author and publisher of eighteen Christian novels and the writer of more than two hundred Christian songs and choruses, a handful of musical dramas, and a number of shorter works. He sings, plays guitar and bass, and records his original songs in his home studio. He will be active in his church's nursing home ministry again when circumstances permit and in the church choir when it starts up again. In the meantime he'll keep playing bass on the praise team. Married for seventeen years to Kathleen, he has one grown daughter. Kathleen has two. Roger enjoys reading, moderate exercise, photography and book cover design (he's done all of his own except for Rosa No-Name), playing Snood, making walking sticks, and complaining about the state of the nation while continuing to pray for it.
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