Here's another Kevin Hartnett poem that is fast becoming a joyed over jewel in our lives. Isaiah loves getting to celebrate the Word as God's sword. I love dwelling on these words together with them while we go, while we live...
Honored be Thy Wondrous Word! -- K. Hartnett, March 1999
With Your Name supreme exalted,
Honored be Thy wondrous Word!
Safed from mankind's ill persuasion,
Has Thy truth thus been preserved.
Warnings sure, but comforts better!
One the witness from its parts;
Fire to heat the studied preacher;
Hammer cracking stony hearts.
Could there work a keener power,
Strong and sharp to meet its ends?
By it stand the stars of heaven;
With it, angels swift He sends.
Piercing down 'tween soul and spirit,
Finer than a two-edged sword;
Strength prepared to smite the nations,
Poised to slay the devil's horde.
Agent of the great Creator,
Moving surely through the earth;
Sowing seed that brings salvation,
Watering the souls You birth;
Daily feeding thankful thousands,
Earnest trust of those in need;
Faithful to fulfill Your purpose,
'Turning not 'til You succeed.
Light of Life dispelling darkness,
Lamp before the pilgrim's stride,
Let illumined truth resplendent
Richly in my soul abide!
Turn these eyes from worthless pastimes,
Teach me all Thy ways aright;
Open up Your wondrous statutes;
In Thy law is my delight!