God with Us – A Poem

I often ponder the wonder of “God with us,” but especially so at Christmas time. I am in awe of the fact that the God of the Universe, the Creator of all things, He who is omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent, would desire to be with me. It is an amazing thing that Christ has seen fit to dwell in me, and the hearts of all believers, because of His great love for us. Of all the wonders of the world and the blessings in my life to be thankful for, it is this truth of God with us that I am most thankful for.

From a logical perspective, it all seems quite preposterous. If you were God, would you do such a thing? I’m not sure I would. I think I might leave sinful man to his own devices. But thankfully, I am not God; and God is faithful, merciful, and loving in a way I can scarcely comprehend. It is only when I seek Him with all my heart that I can even begin to fathom what He has done, and find hope in what He will do when He returns.

Do you know the Holy One, who longs to be with you? Are you in awe of His majesty? Do you ponder His great love? He is not some distant deity who desires to judge and punish you. He is “God with us.” He is God with you. He alone is the greatest gift you will ever receive.

God with Us

Glory of the Holy One, robed in majesty
Omnipresent King of kings, deserving pageantry
Deity incarnate be, because of love for you and me

Willingly He came to earth, left His throne behind
Immanuel, Son of God, seeking to redeem mankind
To leave mankind dead in sin was not what He designed
His love and mercy, on the cross, there with grace combined

Understanding His great love is for us what Christ desires
Sinners to trust in Him alone is all our God requires

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). Matthew 1:22-23 (NIV).

12/10/13 Update: Decided to link this up for the final dVerse Poets Pub Open Link Night of 2013. No time to write a new one, but this is one of my favorite Christmas poems that I’ve written so I wanted to share it and the wonder of Christmas with the folks at the pub.

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.


18 Responses

  1. it is at times hard to fathom the love of God….that he would love one such as us…and grace…its hard int he context of our won world in which we only barely understand such a love…

  2. You have caught the true meaning of the season, Linda. His love for us is so very visible at this time of year! God is indeed with US.

  3. I wonder the same thing as you– why would God want to be with me, especially knowing as a believer, who our God really is and what a sinner I really am. Some nights I get so drawn in by that wonderful gift, that I can’t thank Him enough, can’t even sleep. If people only knew Him they would know what a blessing Christmas really is. You’ve made me feel very grateful tonight! Hugs… ; )

    • Linda, There seems to be such a push for a secular Christmas these days, for it to just be about family and kindness and giving. While family, kindness, and giving are all good things, they pale in comparison to knowing our God. It makes me sad that so many miss the wonder of that gift. I am so glad that this poem has made you feel grateful, though I know you already have so much gratitude for what God has done for you, it’s hard to believe a simple poem could increase that gratitude. 😉 Peace and Merry Christmas, Linda

  4. I love the wonder of God with us too! And the poem was fantastic . . .even rhymed! I was trying to find a song by Amy Grant, an Emmanuel one, but I think she has 2. Anyway, when I hear it , I think of you as well as Jesus. Part of the words say, “God is with us, God is for us”. God bless you as you worship Him this Christmas.

    • Deb, Casting Crowns does a song called Emmanuel, too. I wonder if it’s the same one? I haven’t posted it yet, but I might for Christmas Day. 🙂

      As for rhyming, I just use Rhyme Zone. Makes it easy to find the right word that rhymes. Merry Christmas, Linda

      • Deb, That was beautiful! It is the same song that Casting Crowns does on their Christmas CD and I love it! Thank you so much for sharing it here. What an awesome Christmas blessing for me. 🙂 Peace and Merry Christmas, Linda

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