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 bountiful yield.

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

About This Song:

The first stanza of this song is based on Isaiah 55:10:

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… (NIV)

The second stanza, from Isaiah 55:11, completes the simile begun in the first stanza:

…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)

The two refrains, which are nearly identical, are based on Luke 10:2.

He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

The only difference between the two refrains is that the first wants “nothing” to be lost. The second wants “no one” to be lost.

I used to work for a missionary-sending Christian organization whose goal was for “no one to be lost.” But that isn’t just the job of missionaries who leave the United States to evangelize people in various parts of the world; it’s also what each of us as Christians need to be doing, too.

Some of us aren’t that good at sharing God’s Good News verbally, but each of us has gifts God wants us to use to make His presence in our lives stand out in such a way that we’re open to telling others when it’s appropriate.

So I find myself singing this song to myself–over and over and over. And praying for God to use me in whatever way He chooses.

You can find a free PDF lead sheet (chords, melody, & lyrics) for this song on my website. Check here for all available lead sheets. And don’t forget to check the archives for other songs that might be similar in theme to this one.

Please come back again next Wednesday to see what song I’ll feature next. Better yet, subscribe to receive each week’s two posts by email.

Best regards,
Roger


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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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