Monday, February 23, 2009

What Does God Require of Us?

The High Calling Blog Community celebrates poetry every Friday. Okay, so I know today is Monday, but to participate in the Random Acts of Poetry, (RAP) you have to post a poem during the week and let the decision makers over at High Calling know about it. Then they have a few days to look over your poem and see if they want to feature it at some point.

So while I'm working on getting some pictures off my camera, onto the computer, and then onto my blog, I though you might enjoy reading a poem that God gave me several years ago.

I was up to my armpits in church activities, job, homeschool, family... I couldn't decide whether to continue serving on a certain ministry team. Seeking God's answer to my question I prayed, and He answered. I wrote down our conversation and the fact it turned out to be a poem is simply one of the amazing things about God. He is beautiful, and wonderful, and fun. Enjoy.

What is Required

I seek Your face, Your will to know
God, what do You require?
Upon the alter sacrifice
Consume it all with fire!

Good works abundant oh my God,
I’m busy for You Lord.
All tasks complete but for your Word
No time can I afford.

I seek Your face, Your will to know
God, what do You require?
Upon the altar sacrifice
Consume it all with fire!

If I would sell all that I have
And give it to the poor,
Oh, would that please You well my Lord?
Would You require yet more?

So I will sing with voice of spring
And dance with all my might.
I’ll lift up holy hands to You,
Preach “Jesus is the Light!”

I seek Your face, Your will to know
God, what do You Require?
Upon the altar sacrifice
Consume it all with fire.

To church I go my faith to show
Committed to the core.
With service done elsewhere I run
And still You want but more?

In silence deep your Spirit speaks
Your will–my heart to know.
Be still my child in humbleness,
Be sure I love you so.

You strive to please both God and man
With sacrifices made.
The song, the dance, the good works too,
One day they all will fade.

Just seek My face My will to know,
I’ll tell you what’s required.
Upon the altar, sacrifice
Is all consumed with fire.

The things that last, those which remain
Are what I want from you.
A heart of faith both true and clean
Not all those works you do.

Obey me now tis my delight
For that does please me most.
So in Me only then my child
Will you have right to boast.

Now, run in freedom, sing your song,
And dance with all your might.
I am your Lord; I am your God,
And yes, I AM your Light!

I seek your face, Your will to know.
You gave what You require.
Upon the cross the price was paid –
Consume me, Holy Fire!

-- Lavonda Pflug
Other Random Acts of Poetry:
Andy C's For Me
Marcus reads excerpts from T. S. Eliot's Ash Wednesday
nAncY's On the Road
L.L. Barkat's Life, Ect.
The Unknown Contributor's Orchid


God's Not Finished With Us Yet... said...

No, no's not like that at all...I'm not like that. Haven't you noticed that some of your followers are missing? I have like 10 followers that have disappeared and so do some of my blogger friends as well. It's a glitch with Blogger, I didn't do anything. I love your comments and site! Just give blogger some time and things will come back to normal....they are already aware of the issue...Love, sarah

God's Not Finished With Us Yet... said...

Oh, and I also meant to say earlier that I love that's awesome, especially the ending. Beautiful!!!!

Walter Mitty said...

I couldn't have said it better myself.

Talkin' Texan said...

Sarah, thanks for the info and the comment. I have very few followers anyway. I can't bear to see them just vanish like that! Ikes!

"Mr. Mitty"
Coming from you I would take that as a huge compliment. But I must give God the credit. They were His words after all. I just wrote them down.

Cindy said...

Lavonda, I just reread your poem as I have read it once but really could not read it if you know what I mean. I am so glad that I did. All I can say is WOW!!!! That is such an awesome prayer to God and so true to what I have felt lately. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. You know You are awesome as well. Have a super week. Cindy

Talkin' Texan said...

Thank you Cindy!
You are such an encourager! Bless you. God knows I need you in my life girl!

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing the poem!

Talkin' Texan said...

Thanks for stopping by, and it was my pleasure to share!

L.L. Barkat said...

I like this line...

In silence deep your Spirit speaks

That in itself could stir a whole poem, quiet and deep.

The Unknown Contributor said...

I enjoyed reading this poem... I felt like I wanted to sing it. The last line gave me a shiver.

Talkin' Texan said...

L.L. Thanks for stopping by and including me in RAP!

It is interesting that you want to sing this poem. I've often thought the same thing. I don't know anything about song writing, but I've wondered if I could ever find someone that could make into a song.

mom2six said...

Reflective, joyful. The lines I like best - "Now, run in freedom, sing your song, And dance with all your might." It is so like the Lord to give us freedom and joy.