Free Christian poems


By Maurice Dyson

The Word of God
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:1

Words are expressions of thoughts we possess,
As we develop our thinking;
Without the Lord there is no godliness,
As from a culture that’s sinking.

God spoke a word and creation was born;
Language is God’s intervention;
Light was commanded and so had its dawn,
Like the sun’s daily ascension.

When the Lord speaks it is measured and true;
It has a purpose and meaning;
Likewise He speaks now to me and to you,
Even to see how we’re leaning.

Make no mistake for His Word carries power,
Piercing our relative notions;
It will remain to the very last hour,
Aptly beset with emotions.

God’s Word is crucial for sinner and saint;
Scripture alone has declared it;
Jesus our Lord will remove every taint
From those who love and have shared it.

This is the Word that the Lord has revealed,
Even His love in salvation;
Lasting forever and never repealed;
Built on a holy foundation.

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The heavens declare the glory of God.
Psalm 19:1

The heavens are telling God’s glory in view;
Its speech is effectively heard;
The message portrayed to the many or few
Is neither deficient nor blurred.

The clear revelation we see in the skies:
The splendour of light as revealed,
Communicates beauty unique to the eyes,
Creation perfected and sealed.

The law of the Lord is a codex complete,
Sufficient for each living soul;
Directions for any occasion we meet;
Correction and blessing: the goal.

More is it desired than the finest of gold,
And sweeter than honey indeed;
Rewards and the warnings engraven of old,
For Gentiles and Abraham’s seed.

O keep back Thy servant from paths of chagrin,
That I may be Thine Lord alone;
For who can envisage the outcome of sin,
Or cleanse me from errors unknown?

Lord God as I ponder by day and by night,
Let all I consider or speak,
Be truly acceptable Lord in Thy sight,
For Thou, my Redeemer, I seek.

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Divine Attributes
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches,
and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and  glory, and blessing.

Revelation 5:12

God’s divine attributes
Are like beautiful fruits,
As we try by His grace to assess them;
Emanating from heaven,
Though in sum more than seven;
We rejoice in our hearts as we bless them.

He is Sovereign King,
For He made everything,
And He rules every one of His creatures;
He determines the flight
Of the migrating kite;
And His writings are given to teach us.

Knowing all that is there,
For He dwells everywhere,
He observes everything we are doing;
As a Judge who is just,
We can give Him our trust,
And commit every work we’re pursuing.

With a love that is pure,
It will ever endure,
Sacrificial, long-suffering and certain;
As revealed at the Cross;
It recovered our loss,
Giving access by rending the curtain.

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Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground,
and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes,
that thou shouldest take knowledge of me,
 seeing I am a stranger?

Ruth 2:10

Naomi had only her daughter,
Returning to Bethlehem town;
Not even her sadness could thwart her;
 But meanwhile her spirits were down.

She sent out her daughter for gleaning,
To gather some grain in the field;
For that was the custom or leaning
To eat what their labours would yield.

Her daughter went forth as requested
And came to a favourable ground;
She was not disturbed or molested,
As often the practice is found.

The owner came down as was normal;
The workers were under his care;
His manner was kind and informal;
He asked of the visitor there.

So Boaz and Ruth got acquainted;
She worked till the harvest was done;
The story is thoughtfully painted;
They married and brought forth a son.

This beautiful short illustration
Is treasured by Gentiles and Jews;
Ruth trusted the Lord of salvation
Like many who trust the good news.

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The Children’s Friend
And they brought young children to Him ...
and He took them up in His arms …
and blessed them.

Mark 10:13, 16

Every day we share with Jesus,
Makes that day a happy one.
That is why the heavenly Father
Gave to us His own dear Son.

First of all we must receive Him;
In our hearts He longs to be.
Simply trusting His commandment:
Let the children come to Me.

If we say we really love Him,
When at home, at school, or play;
We’ll be happy to be doing
Anything He has to say.

He has given us the Bible,
So that we may know His will;
How to live and pray and worship;
Whether times are good or ill.

Jesus is the only Saviour;
He is our Creator Lord;
And for those who love His coming,
He will ever be adored.

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Helper of the Helpless
For when we were yet without strength,
in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

Romans 5:6

Creator, Judge and Saviour;
Our God is Lord above.
In majesty and splendour;
Supreme in truth and love.
Enthroned in power and glory;
Endued with strength and might.
Impeccable and holy;
He dwells in perfect light.

Possessing every virtue,
Unique to Him alone.
Adored by all the angels,
Who worship at His throne.
Inviting every sinner,
No matter what we’ve done,
To honour God the Father,
And venerate the Son.

O Lord I know You love us;
And we should love You too.
We are so weak and helpless;
We all depend on You.
Please lift us when we stumble,
And feed us every day,
Until we stand before You,
And time has passed away.

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Whom having not seen, ye love.
1 Peter 1:8

Do not let your heart be troubled, He is coming back one day.
As He prayed the heavenly Father, we are safe while He’s away.
Though the way is straight and narrow, He has taken all our care;
When this earthly fight is over, we shall meet up in the air.

Should this body groan within us, it is but a temporary home.
Once He breathes His Spirit in us, we are never more alone.
By His grace we shall be strengthened, if we stumble on the path;
Resting on His sure foundation, no more destined for His wrath.

As a Father so He tends us; giving shelter, clothes and food.
There’s no need for gloom or worry, though the times be bad or good.
Young or old or adolescent, there is ample scope for each,
In our corner of His vineyard, learning what He has to teach.

Healthy, sickly, weak or dying, there is but one plan for all.
From the womb a soul immortal, must before the Judgment fall.
For believers, judgment passes onto Him who bore their shame;
But for those who do not trust Him, torment in a lasting flame.

Oh the greatness of His mercy, that He should descend so far;
Reaching out to every sinner, knowing just how weak we are;
How can we bypass His goodness, when He hung upon the tree;
Saying with the thief beside Him: Lord, wilt Thou remember me.

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Eternal Security
I have graven thee upon the palms of My hands.
Isaiah 49:16

The Lord is Shepherd of my soul;
I shall not be in need.
He gives me restful interludes,
And sends my daily feed.

He leads me into righteousness,
Expressly for His name;
And reinstates my erring soul
When overcome with shame.

His goodness shall encompass me,
The measure of my days;
And I will dwell forevermore
Within His house of praise.

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The Love Life
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three;
but the greatest of these is charity.

1 Corinthians 13:13

Though I speak with tongues of angels,
Languages unknown to men;
But I do not love the loveless,
I am nothing, there and then.

Though I have the gift of knowledge,
Understanding everything;
And by faith remove a mountain;
Without love, I’m not a thing.

Though I feed the poor and hungry,
Fill their bellies full of bread;
But I do not love the Saviour,
I am still as good as dead.

Love is kind and does not envy,
Suffers long and isn’t rude;
Does not bear itself unseemly,
Shunning matters false and crude.

Love rejoices in compassion,
Takes delight in matters fair;
Hopes all things with hope eternal,
Confident that God is there.

Prophecies will not continue,
Tongues will be of no avail;
Knowledge will depart and vanish;
Love unbound will never fail.

Childish things did once surround me,
Till my life was fully grown;
But when I behold my Saviour,
I shall know as I am known.

So abideth love forever;
It can never be surpassed.
Love that brought our Lord from heaven;
Grace and truth from first to last.

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Remember Thou Me!
According to Thy mercy remember Thou me
for Thy goodness’ sake, O LORD.

Psalm 25:7

Remember me, O Lord,
With mercy Thou hast shown,
Toward the children Thou hast bought,
Whom Thou hast made Thine own.

When I recall Thy blood,
Shed forth on Calvary,
Thy love surpasses human thought
In what Thou didst for me.

I shall not be ashamed,
For Thou hast made me free;
My soul hath found its resting place
Eternally in Thee.

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The Morning Star
When they saw the star,
they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

Matthew 2:10

Our Saviour left His throne above
To show the world His Father’s love.
At Bethlehem, the house of bread,
They laid Him on a manger bed.

An infant child both small and weak,
But still the One whom wise men seek;
For He alone can save the soul
And point us to our heavenly goal.

If you have never met the Lord
Through disobedience to His Word
Then be prepared to hear Him say,
I never knew you! Go away!

But if you think His claims are true
And that He really cares for you,
Then be like me, obey His voice
And make your most important choice.

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From Jordan to Glory
He hath done all things well:   
He maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.  
Mark 7:37

A Figure walked quietly to Jordan one day;
His messenger waiting to witness and say:
There stands One among you whom you do not know;
A Lamb without blemish and spotless as snow.

The Stranger was Jesus our Saviour and Lord;
A Stranger no longer but known by His word.
His word is our promise both steadfast and sure;
His character blameless and humble and pure.

Our Lord walked in Jewry with healing and life;
Where many had demons and sickness was rife.
Though many were cured and made perfectly whole,
Restoring to health was not mainly His goal.

A more deadly malady deeper within,
Was cursing mankind with the ravage of sin.
It needed much more than a touch from the King;
It called for a sacrifice no one could bring.

A Figure walked staggering slowly one morn;
His cross was so heavy a load to be borne.
He’d suffered the flogging, the mocking, the shame;
The blasphemy hurled with abuse at His name.

So gentle a Figure, no violence did know;
The walk up that hill was so painfully slow.
He went there to rescue a race that was lost,
By bearing our judgment at infinite cost.

A Figure hung naked transfixed to a tree;
The Lord of all glory so awesome to see.
Though God had foreknown there was no other plan;
The Son of His love was the victim for man.

A Figure sits nobly in heaven right now;
A laurel of victory gracing His brow;
With honour and glory His work is complete.
Dear Lord we adore Thee and fall at Thy feet.

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Simon and the Prostitute
Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much:
but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. 
Luke 7:47

A Pharisee informally asked Jesus to a meal;
The welcome he extended did not carry any zeal.
There was no water for His feet; no greeting of a kiss;
Nor was there any fragrant oil; a gesture quite remiss.

A woman came in off the street; a common prostitute.
The host whose name was Simon knew her life was dissolute.
She brought a flask of oil with her; the most she could afford.
It was her way of offering her worship to the Lord.

She knelt behind the Saviour as her tears fell on His feet;
And washed them with her flow of tears as Jesus sat at meat.
Then wiped His feet off with her hair: the emblem of her kind;
And kissed His feet repeatedly as Jesus there reclined.

She took the flask of ointment with its store of preciousness,
And poured it on the Saviour’s feet with loving tenderness.
Although her life had been a waste of sin and could not last,
She loved the Lord and knew He could forgive her sinful past.

As Simon saw this woman kneeling at the Saviour’s feet;
And noted that her conduct was quite rude and indiscreet;
He said within himself, If this man really were a seer,
He’d know just who this woman is: a sinner, it is clear.

Then Jesus said to Simon, I’ve a word to say to you.
There was a certain creditor with payments overdue.
One debtor owed five hundred pence; the other owed much less;
And so the man forgave them both and settled their redress.

 Now tell Me, Simon, which of those will love this man the more?
He said, The one forgiven most; who owed him much before.
The Lord replied, You rightly judge; then turning on His seat,
He looked upon the woman who was weeping at His feet.

You see this woman, Simon? When I entered your abode,
There was no water for My feet, so dirtied from the road;
But she has washed My feet with tears and wiped them with her hair;
You gave no kiss, but she has kissed My feet with tender care.

You gave no ointment for My head, but she has dressed My feet;
Anointing them with precious oil; a fragrance pure and sweet.
Although her sins are many they have henceforth been released;
Because she loved so very much; but others love the least.

For those to whom is least forgiven, love so much the less.
A lesson we should take to heart whenever we confess.
Then Jesus told the woman who had kept the lowly place,
Your faith has saved you, go in peace: His parting words of grace.

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A Virtuous Wife
Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.
Proverbs 31:10

Who can discover a wife that is pure?
Blest with those virtues no wealth can secure;
So shall her husband leave things in her care,
Having no lack with abundance to spare.

She does him good all the days of her life;
Nothing of evil is found in his wife;
As she works willingly using her hands;
Weaving her cloth with the skill it demands.

Likened to ships with their cargoes of wares;
So does she bring in the treasure she bears;
Rising up early while yet it is night;
Filling her household with every delight.

In her endeavours she buys up some land;
Then plants a vineyard with profits on hand;
Having a surplus she gives to the poor;
Comforting those who are found insecure.

She’s not afraid of the snow or the cold;
Making warm garments for those in her fold;
Fine works of tapestry cover her chairs;
Purple and linen the clothes that she wears.

Surely her husband is known in the gate,
Ruling with elders their city estate;
Meanwhile his wife is supplying for trade,
Garments of linen she’s skilfully made.

Honour and strength are her godly attire;
She will be found in the heavenly choir;
Wisdom is heard in whatever she says;
Kindness and love are her bounty of praise.

Truly her children describe her as blest,
So does her husband give praise with the rest.
Myriads of daughters have done very well;
But of them all you distinctly excel.

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The Good Samaritan
Which now of these three, thinkest thou,
was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

Luke 10:36

A man who knew the law by recitation;
And quoted it with little hesitation;
Put forward a request,
Which really was a test,
To justify his mental aberration.

The Lord replied with verbal illustration;
For well He knew the lawyer’s motivation.
A man set out to go
En route to Jericho,
But on the way he suffered deprivation.

A band of men waylaid him with aggression;
For robbery by force was their profession.
They left him lying there,
Without a shirt to wear,
And made off with his clothes in their possession.

A priest came by upon this sad occasion;
And saw the man was needing medication;
But having changed his stride,
Across the other side,
He carried on toward his destination.

A Levite came along and saw the victim;
And straightaway his sense of duty pricked him;
But he did not delay
To tarry on his way;
Yet what he saw continued to convict him.

Another man came down where he lay bleeding;
And saw the urgent help that he was needing;
With gentleness and care,
He bound his wounds up there,
And put him on the beast that he was leading.

He brought him to an inn where he was rested;
And cared for him by any means suggested;
Upon the coming day,
Before he went away,
He made arrangements for this man divested.

He paid the owner for the keep and rental:
For such he knew were very instrumental.
He asked him to attend
The welfare of his friend,
And he would reimburse the things essential.

This parable describes a true relation;
And illustrates a person’s inclination.
A neighbourly concern
Gives help at every turn,
Wherever there’s a needy situation.

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