Reflections on the Will of God: A Quartet of Poems and Songs

“To discover the will of God is the greatest discovery,” says Albert Schweitzer.

Have you ever unexpectedly heard or come across a statement that stopped you in your tracks and shook you to the very core of your being. Not too long ago, I read a statement posted on the Facebook page of someone I had not seen nor heard from in more than 20 years.  This quote from Douglas Adams  arrested my attention: “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” As I read the words, I chuckled, smiling widely to hold back the tears.  All I can say in response is “Amen, Brother! You got that right!” I took it personally, and that’s why it touched me so deeply.

Upon further reflection, I related the quote to “The Will of God,” the place where I ever desire to be found. As is so often the case, when I wax reflective, I also wax poetic, and in this case, I recall a quartet of poems centering on “The Will of God.” The first three are original, and the last one is anonymous. Between each poem is a video of a song related to “The Will of God.”

The Will of God

To find the will of God is the greatest discovery.                    

To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge.                                                                                                                                                                              

To do the will of God is the greatest achievement

Albert Schweitzer

 

My food is to do the will of Him who sent me,    

and to finish His work.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        John 4:34 [NKJV]

                                                

To unearth at last the world’s most priceless treasure

And gaze upon the splendor of God’s sovereignty

Is to savor joy unspeakable beyond measure:

To find the will of God is the greatest discovery.

To know intimacy beyond the highest degree,

A confident assurance when I acknowledge

And embrace the path, the destiny, prepared for me:

To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge.

To live life, knowing I am covered by the Blood

Is to walk with no regret, never to lament,

For all decisions work together for the good:

To do the will of God is the greatest achievement.

Guided and protected by the Shepherd’s staff and rod,

I rejoice to find, to know and do the will of God.

This recording of “The Will of God” is by Hezekiah Walker and Love Fellowship Choir:

The Will of God II

“The will of God, nothing less, nothing more, nothing else”

Anonymous

 

“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God            

in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

I Thessalonians 5:18

 

God unfolds before me the mystery of His will.

I may not fully understand, but I will nod

In agreement that I still say yes to His will.

Despite the rugged mountain terrain I have trod,

I persist and press on to fully do His will.

In everything give thanks: this is the will of God.

At all times and places I can fulfill His will.

Whatever comes my way I will serve Him until

The day when He calls me home or Christ returns.

I align my will with His until the two are one.

Ever the eager servant, I am one who learns

To humbly say, “Not my will but Yours be done.”

The will of God, nothing less, nothing more, nothing else,

But truly doing the will of God is something else.

Written by Deb Zemke, “His Will” is played and sung by Robert Jason:

The Will of God: the Road Less Travelled by

I shall be telling this with a sigh,

Somewhere ages and ages hence

Two roads diverged in a wood and I–

I took the one less traveled by

And that has made all the difference.

                   Robert Frost

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world,

but let God transform you into a new person

by changing the way you think.  Then you will learn

to know God’s will for you, which is good and

pleasing and perfect.

Romans 12:2 (New Living Translation)

I begin again this year of my jubilee.

 Reflecting on life’s journey, I cannot deny

 That the will of God is the road less travelled by:

 To choose to serve, even though having been set free.

 The straight and narrow way I once again select.

 I press on, still striving toward the highest good.

 In this place we renew our covenant of blood,

 Reassured that “As for God His way is perfect.”

 I see clearly with new eyes where our paths have led.

 In the midst of turbulent times I remain still,

 Proving that good and acceptable and perfect will.

 I look back, waiting in the now, then look ahead.

 Each day God offers another chance to commence:

  The choice to do God’s will makes all the difference.

Darius Brooks offers a passionate rendition of “Your Will.”

A powerful statement regarding “The Will of God.”

The Will of God

Author: Unknown

The will of God will never take you,
Where the grace of God cannot keep you.
Where the arms of God cannot support you,
Where the riches of God cannot supply your needs,
Where the power of God cannot endow you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the spirit of God cannot work through you,
Where the wisdom of God cannot teach you,
Where the army of God cannot protect you,
Where the hands of God cannot mold you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the love of God cannot enfold you,
Where the mercies of God cannot sustain you,
Where the peace of God cannot calm your fears,
Where the authority of God cannot overrule for you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the comfort of God cannot dry your tears,
Where the Word of God cannot feed you,
Where the miracles of God cannot be done for you,
Where the omnipresence of God cannot find you.

This final selection provides a reaffirmation of my commitment, in that “I’m Staying in Your Will” by Men of Standard.

As I was preparing to close this blog, I thought of the lyrics to a song that I composed and have  sung to the Lord on so many occasions. It seems an appropriate reprise to my “lifelong song”, sung from the depths of the heart of a man whose ultimate desire is to do the will of God:

I’ll Do Whatever It Takes

At times as I go through life, I may stumble,

But I keep walking, as I renew my mind and stay humble.

As I follow the Lord and proclaim His Word, I will make mistakes,

But I am determined to finish my course. I’ll do whatever it takes.
I’ll do whatever it takes. Lord, I’ll do whatever it takes

To accomplish your will, to keep standing until

God calls me home or Christ returns,

Lord, I’ll do whatever it takes.

Despite our best efforts to find safety in other places,”The safest place to be is within the Will of God.”

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