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What pleasure he finds in the very name of his Benefactor and Master. All through Scripture we ought to notice the titles by which God is called in each distinct place. We are so poverty-stricken in thought that we generally use but one name for God; not so the rich soul of David: throughout the Psalms you will find him appropriately ringing the changes upon Adonai, El, Elohim, Jehovah, and all the varied combinations of names which loving hearts were wont to give to the glorious LORD of hosts
The names of God employed in prayer in holy Scripture are always significant. Holy men of old were not so poverty-stricken in language as always to address God under one name, nor were they so careless as to speak with him under such a title as might first come to hand; but in their approaches to the Most High they carefully regarded that attribute of the divine nature from which they expected the blessing which they desired. If they needed that their enemies should be overthrown they pleaded with the arm of his strength; if they were wrongfully entreated, they prayed to the God of righteousness; if they needed pardon for their sins, they pleaded with the God of mercy; and such names as Jehovah, Elohim, Shaddai, are not used indiscriminately in the prayers of the saints of old, but always with selection and judgment.
In another place Spurgeon writes…
God, the living God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, sets forth his own name and title, that there may be no mistake as to who he is. “I am the LORD (Jehovah),” saith he, “and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” (Isa 42:8) He also sets forth his name at large, for the comfort of his people. Is it not written, “They that know Thy name well put their trust in Thee” (Ps 9:10)? There is something in every name of God which may breed faith in our souls. Whether we know him as Jehovah, Elohim, Shaddai, or Lord, or by whatsoever other name he has been pleased to manifest Himself, that title becomes the ground of our confidence, and is the means of fostering faith in his people’s minds, when they come to understand its meaning.
To a trembling people the Lord enlarges on His wonderful Names. I think He also does it to excite our wonder and our gratitude. He that loves us so much is Jehovah: He that can create and destroy; He that is the self-existent God; He, even He, has set His heart upon His people, and loves them and counts them precious in His sight. It is a marvellous thing. The more one thinks of it, the more shall he be overwhelmed with astonishment, that He Who is everything should love us who are less than nothing. It is the Holy One Who has deigned to choose, and to love unholy men, and to look upon them in grace, and save them from their sins.
That you may bow low in loving gratitude, God lets you see Who He is. That you may see how great a stoop of condescension He has made, when He loves His unworthy people, and takes them into union with Himself, you are made to see how great and glorious is the divine Name.
Where is the
Ge 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth
Most authorities agree that "Elohim" is derived from "El" meaning "mighty (one), strong (strength)." The Hebrew ending "-im" added to "El" indicates plurality. Although one cannot be dogmatic, the use of the plural "Elohim" with the 3rd person singular masculine form of the verb created suggests plurality in the Godhead. In Ge 1:1-2:4, Elohim is described as Creator 35x in 35 verses.
O blest Creator of the light,
Who mak’st the day with radiance bright,
And o’er the forming world didst call
The light from chaos first of all.
How does Jn 1:1 parallel Ge 1:1?
Jn 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt (tabernacled) among us and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. (Spurgeon) (cf Rev 19:14)
Behold the great Creator makes
Himself a house of clay,
A robe of virgin flesh He takes
Which He will wear for ay.
Hark, hark, the wise eternal Word,
Like a weak infant cries!
In form of servant is the Lord,
And God in cradles lies.
How does Genesis substantiate the idea of plurality of God?
Genesis 1:2 The earth was formless and void and darkness was over the surface of the deep and the Spirit of Elohim was moving over the surface of the waters. 3 Then Elohim said, "Let there be light there was light"
Although the term Trinity is not in the Bible, the creation by Elohim supports the involvement of the the "tri-unity" of God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Clearly this verse does not "prove" the Trinity but only supports this doctrine. The Trinity of God is a vast, often controversial subject - the interested student is referred to the excellent articles -- Trinity [Article 1] or Trinity [Article 2])
In addition to the heavens and the earth, what else do we learn about Elohim as Creator?
Psalms 139:14-16 I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Thy works and my soul knows it very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from Thee when I was made in secret and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;16 Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Thy book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them. (Spurgeon's notes)
"Fearfully and wonderfully made" might be rephrased as “I am an awesome wonder”. Note also that the psalmist describes Elohim's creation of men and women as "wonderful" (marvelous, amazing) without qualification. So this description includes YOU, His creation! "Written the days that were ordained for me" suggests the idea that the life of a person, and the structure and meaning of that person’s life, are all established from the beginning by God, with the implicit idea that every life has purpose. Spurgeon writes "An architect draws his plans, and makes out his specifications; just so did the great Maker of our frame write down all our members in the book of his purposes." In summary, your life in Elohim's "book" has purpose whether you believe it or whether you feel like it is of any value. You can be content with how you look, how big or small He made you or even whether you have a deformity - the question is are you content and will you rest in this "wonderful" truth?
Cannot He who made us thus wondrously when we were not, still carry on His work of power till He has perfected us, though we feel unable to aid in the process, and are lying in great sorrow and self loathing, as though cast into the lowest parts of the earth?…
That we have eyes, and ears, and hands, and feet, is all due to the wise and gracious purpose of heaven: it was so ordered in the secret decree by which all things are as they are. God's purposes concern our limbs and faculties. Their form, and shape, and everything about them were appointed of God long before they had any existence.
"After all He made you, planned your potential and ordered your days. This is not some kind of blind fatalism that paralyzes you. It is the wise plan of a loving Father Who knows what is best for you. Accept what you are as His gift to you, and then use it wisely as your gift to Him. You are unique. God made you that way." (Wiersbe, W: With the Word: Chapter-by-Chapter Bible Handbook. Nelson or Logos)
How did the LORD respond to Moses when he "complained" about his "speech impediment" and that he was not eloquent?
Exodus 4:10 Then Moses said to the LORD, "Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since Thou hast spoken to Thy servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue." 11 The LORD said to him, "Who has made man's mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the LORD ?
Moses was politely saying to God - "But you overlooked the fact that I've got this speech impediment. With this impediment I surely can't fulfill your assignment and purpose for me".
An excuse is the skin of a reason stuffed with a lie (Billy Sunday)
But God gave Moses everything he needed for success. All he had to do was trust the great I AM. And so God said
Now then go and I even I will be with your mouth… (Ex 4:12)
We are all like Moses with a tendency to look at ourselves and our physical or mental shortcomings instead of looking at Elohim Who spoke the world into existence and for Whom our impediment is no obstacle. Where is your focus? Your impediment or Elohim's incomprehensible omnipotence?
If we give our Elohim what we have, even if it's deformed, He can use it for His glory. Elohim Who created us can overcome every human weakness. Anyone who thinks he cannot follow the call of God because of personal problems or deficits needs to meditate on this passage (Exodus 4).
But you still may be questioning - What about deformities and infirmities? Surely these cannot have a "high" purpose? (Read John 9 for context)
John 9:3 Jesus answered, "It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him. (cf Jn 11:3, 4, 21:18,19)
This man was blind to fulfill the purposes of God. Jesus' point is that even in situations such as deformities, afflictions, death, etc, God can be glorified. (See Torrey's excellent topic on Afflictions Made Beneficial)
Some of our sufferings, like the trials of Job, are for God’s glory, either through our resulting refinement or through a spectacular healing as in Jn 9. God’s purpose is not always presently known to us, but we have God’s assurance that His purpose is good (Ro 8:28-note; Ge 50:20) Click for challenging and encouraging story of Fanny Crosby who was blind from childhood.
• Look around and be distressed.
• Look inside and be depressed.
• Look at God's Name and be at rest
Corrie Ten Boom
So as the psalmist encourages let us with our lips and our lives to…
Psalm 66:1 Shout joyfully to ELOHIM, all the earth; 2 Sing the GLORY of His NAME. Make His praise GLORIOUS. 3 Say to ELOHIM, "How awesome are Thy works! Because of the greatness of Thy power Thine enemies will give feigned obedience to Thee. 4 "All the earth will worship Thee, and will sing praises to Thee. They will sing praises to Thy NAME." Selah. 5 Come and see the works of ELOHIM, Who is awesome in His deeds toward the sons of men.
Note how David "runs" into the strong tower of the great name of our omnipotent Creator God, ELOHIM…
Psalm 61:1 Hear my cry, O ELOHIM; Give heed to my prayer. 2 From the end of the earth I call to Thee when my heart is faint; Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I. 3 For Thou have been a refuge for me, a tower of strength against the enemy. 4 Let me dwell in Thy tent forever. Let me take refuge in the shelter of Thy wings. Selah. 5 For Thou hast heard my vows, O ELOHIM; Thou hast given me the inheritance of those who fear Thy NAME. 6 You will prolong the king's life. His years will be as many generations. 7 He will abide before ELOHIM forever. Appoint lovingkindness and truth that they may preserve him. 8 So I will sing praise to thy NAME forever, that I may pay my vows day by day
God takes the years - the old, the new,
Grace and glory and lack and loss,
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Jacob as he prepares to depart this life for the next, gives us precious insight into a lifetime of experiencing Elohim. And as someone has well said it is always wise to listen carefully to the words of a man who is at the end of his life, especially if he is a man of Elohim…
Genesis 48:15 And he (Jacob) blessed Joseph, and said, "Elohim before Whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, Elohim Who has been my Shepherd all my life to this day, 16 The Angel Who has redeemed me from all evil
There are several significant observations in these passages: Notice how Jacob seamlessly and synonymously associates Elohim with the Angel of the LORD. We also observe the first uses in Scripture of shepherd and redeemed (see word study on goel/ga'al) both of these wonderful words associated with our Elohim. Meditate on this picture of Elohim as your Creator Who is also your Shepherd, the One Who has "re-created" (redeemed) you. Surely, such glorious and profound truths cannot but evoke loudest praises from your innermost being to your incomparable Elohim!
Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
Sing, O Earth, His wonderful love proclaim!
Hail Him! hail Him! highest archangels in glory;
Strength and honor give to His holy Name!
Like a Shepherd, Jesus will guard His children,
In His arms He carries them all day long:
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Tell of His excellent greatness.
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Ever in joyful song!
Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
For our sins He suffered, and bled, and died.
He our Rock, our hope of eternal salvation,
Hail Him! hail Him! Jesus the Crucified.
Sound His praises! Jesus who bore our sorrows,
Love unbounded, wonderful, deep and strong.
Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
Heav’nly portals loud with hosannas ring!
Jesus, Savior, reigneth forever and ever.
Crown Him! Crown Him! Prophet, and Priest, and King!
Christ is coming! over the world victorious,
Pow’r and glory unto the Lord belong.
How does knowing Elohim as Creator answer the very basic questions of life -- Who am I? Why was I born? Why am I living?
From this study you have seen that your life has design and purpose. Teen suicide appears to be on the increase as of 2002 and is the second leading killer of teenagers in America. According to notes that teens leave, many have come to the tragic conclusion that life has no purpose. This is a lie of the deceiver, for from our study of Elohim, we see that nothing could be further from the truth. Mark it down -- whether you are a teenager, senior citizen or anywhere in between, YOUR LIFE HAS PURPOSE. Every person is created by Elohim by design and with distinct purpose.
What does Genesis 1:26 teach us about these questions?
Ge 1:26 Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
All men and women are created in the image of a personal God, which means that we have the capability to be relational, rational and responsible. We have been created to enjoy a personal relationship with our Creator, made possible because the Creator became the Redeemer (Titus 2:14-note)
What do we need to remember about our existence?
We are not a freak accident of chance but are "fearfully and wonderfully made" by God's design and His providential outworking. We must understand that every human being was created specifically by God and that we are the way we are because He created us that way – we need to accept who we are not by looking at ourselves but by gazing at the matchless wisdom and character of our Creator, Elohim.
Why were you born (created)?
Is 43:7 Everyone who is called by My name and whom I have created for My glory, whom I have formed even whom I have made."
Note the repetition - "created", "formed", "made" leaving little doubt that man is not some chance occurrence evolved from a primordial soup, but is created by a personal God with a clearly defined purpose -- God's glory.
Glory can be a difficult concept to understand but Kay Arthur's definition is the most practical I've ever heard. She says that "glory" or "glorify" means to give a correct estimate or a proper opinion of. So we as Elohim's creatures are to live in such a way that we give a correct opinion to all the world of the character and excellency of Elohim.
John Piper rightly says that the believer's call to glorify God (Mt 5:16-note)…
How does Paul amplify the truth that we are "created for God's glory" in Ephesians 2:10? How does Paul describe believers? Why does Paul say we were created?
"Workmanship" is the Greek word poiema, which is the root word from which is derived our English word "poem", which the Collins English Dictionary defines as "anything resembling a poem in beauty, effect, etc". Believers who have been "re-created in Christ" (2Co 5:17-note, cf Gal 6:15; Ep 4:24-note, Col 3:10-note) are on display so to speak as "God's poetic masterpieces". As those who have been "re-created" (regenerated, born again) as new creatures in Christ we have a new purpose (and a new power or enablement - Col 1:29-note; Php2:13-note) - to carry out good works which God is working in us and through us. Also note the clear order of events in these verses (Ep 2:10-note) - Good works are not the root but the fruit of our "re-creation" or salvation.
As John Calvin explained…
It is faith alone that justifies (results in unrighteous sinners being declared righteous before a perfectly holy and righteous God) , but faith that justifies can never be alone.
We are not saved by faith plus good works, but by a faith that works. We do not work in order to be saved, but because we are saved. The basic Scripture on this theme is Jas 2:14-26 (see notes beginning at Jas 2:14), where the apostle points out that saving faith always results in a changed life. It is not enough to say that we have faith but we must demonstrate this faith by our works. For more discussion of works - see notes here or here (Good Deeds).
William MacDonald writes
God has a blueprint for every life. Before our conversion He mapped out a spiritual career for us. Our responsibility is to find His will for us and then obey it. We do not have to work out a plan for our lives, but only accept the plan which He has drawn up for us. This delivers us from fret and frenzy, and insures that our lives will be of maximum glory to Him, of most blessing to others, and of greatest reward to ourselves. (MacDonald, W and Farstad, A. Believer's Bible Commentary: Thomas Nelson or Logos)
What does Matthew 5:16 add to our understanding of our "purpose" for living?
Letting our light shine is not something we create or make up, but something we allow the Lord to do through us. It is God’s light and our choice is whether to hide it or let it shine. A godly life gives convincing testimony of the saving power of God and brings Him glory. (For more discussion of letting our light shine click here) (Click pithy devotional by Octavius Winslow of glorifying God)
Peter exhorts believers to…
Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation (1Pe 2:12-note).
John MacArthur writes that…
It is said of Robert Murray McCheyne, a godly Scottish minister of the last century, that his face carried such a hallowed expression that people were known to fall on their knees and accept Jesus Christ as Savior when they looked at him. Others were so attracted by the self-giving beauty and holiness of his life that they found his Master irresistible. It was also said of the French pietist Francois Fenelon that his communion with God was such that his face shined with divine radiance. A religious skeptic who was compelled to spend the night in an inn with Fenelon, hurried away the next morning, saying, “If I spend another night with that man I’ll be a Christian in spite of myself."
How humbling it should be to us that Elohim has so ordained our existence that men and women, His fearful and wonderful creations, should be given the high and holy privilege of proclaiming His glory, for this too is the purpose of all creation as David tells us in Psalm 19…
Psalm 19:1 The heavens are telling of the glory of ELOHIM and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
As Spurgeon comments
"It is not merely glory that the heavens declare, but the glory of God, for they deliver to us such unanswerable arguments for a conscious, planning, controlling, and presiding Creator, that no unprejudiced person can remain unconvinced by them. The testimony given by the heavens is no mere hint, but a plain, unmistakable declaration; and it is a declaration of the most constant and abiding kind." May our lives be lived in such a way that we too present to all mankind "unanswerable arguments for a conscious, planning, controlling and presiding Creator (Elohim) that no unprejudiced person can remain unconvinced".
The truth that God is Elohim, the Creator and Sustainer of all that exists also gives us confidence to face life's difficulties. When fully comprehended the truth about Elohim helps us overcome fear and anxiety that are daily intruders in our lives.
Fanny Crosby the prolific hymn writer who was blinded as a child by a quack "medicine man" had this to say about Elohim, her Creator and Sustainer…
I have not for a moment in more than eighty-five years felt a spark of resentment against Him, because I have always believed… that the good Lord… by this means consecrated me to the work that I am still permitted to do. (More on her biography)
The question one must contemplate after studying Elohim our Creator is
"Am I fulfilling the purpose for which Elohim created me? Does the way I live give a proper opinion of the majesty and power of my Elohim?"
Have I accepted the fact that Elohim is my Creator and that He did not make a mistake in the way He created me?
If we miss the truth that He is the Creator, that we are the way we are because He designed us that way is to miss the fulfillment that is ours in life. To understand this truth is to know who we are (Created by God), why we were born (To bring glory to Him) and that we are live in such a way that we in Christ accomplish His good works prepared beforehand.
Shall the Potter be considered as equal with the clay, that what is made should say to its Maker (yatsar - literally the One Who forms and fashions us), "He did not make me". Or what is formed say to Him Who formed (KJV - "framed", yatsar) it, "He has no understanding"? (Isaiah 29:16)
Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker (yatsar - literally the One Who forms and fashions us)-- An earthenware vessel among the vessels of earth! Will the clay say to the Potter (yatsar), 'What are you doing?' Or the thing you are making say, 'He has no hands'? (Isaiah 45:9)
We are the clay, and Thou our Potter (yatsar) and all of us are the work of Thy hand. (Isaiah 64:8)
Note: In each of these verses from Isaiah, the words Maker, Potter and formed are the same Hebrew verb yatsar which means literally to form, to fashion, to shape, to devise. Yatsar speaks of Jehovah Elohim’s fashioning man from the dust of the ground in Ge 2:7, of God’s creative works in nature (Ps 95:5 [Spurgeon's note]; Amos 4:13) and of His forming us in the womb (Ps 139:16; Jer 1:5)
Do you accept that Elohim your Potter has a purpose for your life?
Do you understand that the way to bring glory to let your light so shine before men that they see your good works and give Him glory?
Think about it – every word that proceeds out of our mouth this week will be an opportunity to give a correct estimate of our great God Elohim. Meditate on His name Elohim this week and think then about what you are getting ready to say and how you will act or react to the "tests" that He allows into your life.
Will your thoughts, your words, and your deeds give a correct estimate to others of your Elohim?
Whatever we say or whatever we do is an opportunity to bring glory to Him and give a correct estimate of Who He really is. Remember that to glorify Elohim is surely one of the most foundational reasons for which we have been formed and fashioned in the Potter's hand. May, God's Spirit strengthen each of us in our inner man to radically redeem the time we have been allotted by our Creator, for the days are evil (Ep 5:16-note).
Ray Stedman makes an interesting observation that…
it has been pointed out often that here (Ge 2:4,5, 7, 8, 9) the name of God appears in a different form than in Genesis 1. We have for the first time the great name of God that appears in so much of the rest of the Bible, Jehovah (or in the Hebrew, Yahweh) Elohim, translated in our version, LORD God. There is a special reason for this change. In Chapter 1 we are dealing with the making of things, and God is presented to us under the name of Elohim, i.e., the Creator. But when man appears on the scene God appears also in a different character. He now appears under the title of Jehovah, which means essentially the covenant-making God, the God Who keeps a promise. It is particularly significant that when God first reveals Himself to this race of ours, it is as a God who intends to keep His promises. (The Making of Man - Genesis 2:4-17)
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We praise Thee, O God, our Redeemer, Creator,
Thomas Adams adds…
The Puritan writer Thomas Manton commenting on "I am wonderfully made" encourages us to…
John Calvin wrote…
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Throughout her long career, Fanny Crosby wrote more than 8,500 gospel songs and hymns, many of which are still popular today. "To God Be The Glory," "Praise Him, Praise Him," "Tell Me The Story Of Jesus," "I Am Thine O Lord"—every song is a testimony of her love for Jesus Christ. However, this gifted poet, who described her salvation experience as a "floodtide of celestial light," could not actually see light.
In May of 1820, when she was six weeks old, she caught a cold, and her eyes became slightly inflamed. The regular physician in Putnam County, New York, was out of town, and a man posing as a doctor gave her the wrong treatment. Within days, her eyesight was destroyed, and the man fled town in a panic. Fanny was never bitter about the stranger's intervention. She has been blind since she was six months old, but she is of a happy, contented disposition, and refuses to be pitied because of her great affliction. Indeed, when only eight years old she wrote:
O what a happy soul am I!
Although I cannot see,
I am resolved that in this world
Contented I will be;
How many blessings I enjoy
Later in life she wrote…
Early in life, she began memorizing the Bible and eventually could repeat, by rote, the entire Pentateuch, all four Gospels, many of the Psalms, all of Proverbs, as well as the entire books of Ruth and Song of Solomon. She stated at the close of her life,
Blessed Bible, sacred treasure,
Precious book, of all the best,
There is comfort never failing,
And a calm abiding rest.
Read with reverence, and commit it,
As a young girl Fanny learned five chapters a week!!! (Let this stimulate you to look at the related topics - Memorizing His Word)
One time a preacher sympathetically remarked,
She replied quickly,
Fanny truly lived out that which she wrote about as seen so poignantly in this old favorite (note especially the underlined words of this blind poet of God)
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.
Fanny died peacefully in her home in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on February 12, 1915. The crowds at her funeral were a testimony to the wide-spread influence she had for the Lord. The refrain from one of her final hymns beautifully expresses the foremost hope of her life and in so doing greatly glorifies Fanny's Elohim …
Some day the silver cord will break,
And I no more as now shall sing,
But, O, the joy when I awake
Within the palace of the King.
And I shall see Him face to face,
And tell the story saved by grace.
Some day my earthly house will fall,
I cannot tell how soon 'twill be,
But this I know, my All in All
Has now a place in heaven for me.
Some day, when fades the golden sun
Beneath the rosy-tinted West,
My blessed Lord will say, "Well done!"
And I shall enter into rest.
Some day— till then I'll watch and wait,
My lamp all trimmed and burning bright,
That when my Saviour opens the gate,
My soul to Him may take its flight.
( Click for more on her God glorifying life )
The life of Annie Johnson Flint, well known Christian poet, is similar to Fanny Crosby in so beautifully illustrating the truths of Elohim as our Creator especially the truths expressed in Isaiah 43:7 and Ephesians 2:10. Annie's sweet songs prove that God's purpose in allowing pain is not to destroy us but to mold us and make us into the image of His Son, for as the apostle Paul testifies…
Excerpt from a brief biography of her life…
Annie might have taken the approach of being bitter toward God because of the lot He had allowed her in life, but read her poem about her Elohim, a poem which gives glory to her Creator…
God takes the scent of the softening ground
Where the first green blade pricks through,
He takes the reddening maple bough
A slant against the blue,
He takes the cheer of the robin's song
And the flash of the blue-bird's wing
The joy of prisoners set free,
And of these He makes the Spring.
God takes the sheen of the waving wheat
He takes the swish of the mower's scythe
God takes the sound of the dropping nuts,
He takes a thousand varied hues
The frost-made lace on the window pane,
God takes the years - the old, the new,
Grace and glory and lack and loss,
God takes our lives and the sum of them,
The thwarted lives and the crippled lives