Monday, August 17, 2020

God Give Us Men

By Gerald Cowan

Where can we find strong men to stand
With us and You against all odds?  
The time we live in now demands
Strong minds, great hearts, true faith, and ready hands
That will not yield to others what is God’s

Give us men of honor and good will   
Whom spoils of office cannot buy,
Men with great insight, strength and skill,
Whom lust and stress of office cannot kill.
Men of integrity who will not lie.

In public or in private thought
Help keep our heads above the fog
And empathize with all who’ve sought
To free us from some tyrant, and have fought
A selfish and self-loving demagogue.

While we are mumbling thumb-worn creeds
Strife rules the day and freedom weeps.
The darkness cannot hide their deeds;
Wrong rules the land. In vain the righteous pleads.
Let us not fear while waiting Justice sleeps.

God, let us be men, big in heart.
Armed with the Holy Spirit’s sword,
Let us be prompt to do our part
And stay with Him with whom we’ve made a start,
Not giving up to serve some other Lord.

When Christ returns we then shall know
The fulness of His wondrous love
Who, by his words and deeds, did show
That He from whom eternal blessings flow
Finds us the men He wants in heav’n above.  

How great to know that we can find,
In Christ, One who can make us free
Of stress, abuse, and strife from blind  
Unreas’ning hate-filled men of darkened mind.
God make us the men that You want us to be.

- Gerald Cowan, a longtime preacher and missionary, is retired from full-time pulpit preaching. Gerald publishes an e-mail newsletter entitled GERALD COWAN’S PERSONAL PERIODICAL WRITINGS. He is available for Gospel Meetings and he may be contacted at

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