The Joy of Knowing You

knowing God and that my redeemer lives

Lord, thank you for the joy of knowing You

For feeling Your love flow inside of me

For setting this sinner free

32 years ago You called me by my name

To be one of Your many voices to the weak, the lame

You allowed me to be like them so I would truly know their pain

To learn that hope deferred does make the heart sick

And that when all feels hopeless to Your heart we all must stick

So with You no matter what we go through this we would know

To You our wounded heart can go

Beyond our hopelessness of today there lies a far brighter tomorrow

Where there are no more tears and no more sorrow

When we are weak then we are made strong

That Your joy in us should be our daily song

Lord, I remember that day You saved me like it was yesterday

When I learned on the Cross Your Son my sin debt did pay

That day I felt Your joy flooding all over me

Your love for me that cold night in March 1982 I finally did see

That pastor’s question still rings in my ears

When I was so weighed down by all my fears

Are you walking beside the horse in defeat or riding that horse in victory?

My life was filled with confusion

You knew I needed a spiritual infusion

I felt a force not of my own propel me to the church altar there

Where I cried out to You my every care

The counsellor listened with a heart of love

As he spoke to me of things above

The words of  a father’s manic rage that brought this child’s spirit low

Words of hate and cruelty that brought me to despair

Began the long path of healing as with You my wounded heart did share

Thank you that night I heard the Spirit’s call

And gave my life to Christ my all in all

I was called to walk the road of suffering that I would see

All the hurting souls longing to be set free

To know in their hearts filled with woe

That to Your loving spirit they can go

And as I found the joy of knowing You that day

That can be the gift of the sick of soul too

If they would just ask You into their heart

And with You make a brand new start

Pray from their darkness to be set free

That they would feel and know the Light of Calvary

God’s gift of  love to you and me

So we’ll all be filled with Your joy today and into Your eternity


About Dr. Kevin Osborne B.A., B.Th., M.A., M.Div., Psy.D. Ph.D. and Th.D. Candidate

I enjoy spending time with people just having a coffee or talking about life, philosophy, religion, politics or sharing a favorite joke or story. We learn from one another as we interact and share our joys, challenges and even our times of sadness. I enjoy reading, writing, singing and sharing in the blessing of community whether that is one on one or in groups. I'm married and am powned by two kitties named Sir William of Lounge a.k.a. Sir Lounge a Lot and Princess Catherine of Chaos a.k.a. Her Royal Highness Catherine of Englehart. Two years ago I completed my Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) through St. James the Elder University. On Sept. 26th 2020, I graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Canadian Christian Theological Seminary. These journeys were started over 20 years ago. In 1997 I received a Bachelor of Theology degree from Canada Christian College & Graduate School. Between working and studying it took 13 years to finish it. Let us pray for and reach out to each other with kindness, love and an embracing compassion. We can working together be servants with two open hands to those in need so that hate, indifference and inequality would lose and love will win. The peace and abounding joy of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Posted on July 13, 2014, in Poetry and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I am still amazed that Jesus chose to save me! That precious love grows more so every day.

    • Hi Joseph

      That is the amazing story for all of us! The whosoever mentioned in John 3:16 means no one is without the opportunity for salvation. I know a former gang member, who was saved because of the faithfulness of a church elder who faithfully visited him every week. Even when my friend swore at him and accused him of doing his “Christian” good deed the man just kept loving him in the Lord. He was consistent in his witness. He would listen to my friend no matter how many words filled with hatred and anger would come out of my friend’s mouth.

      Finally, my friend relented. He felt guilty about he hurt others in thought, word and deed. He repented of his sinful life and asked Christ into his life. Praise God this former gang member accepted the awesome gift of salvation! My friend was encouraged by the church elder to complete high school and then train for the ministry. My friend worked hard and persevered in his thirties to become both a minister and chaplain in the Canadian Armed Forces.

      Joseph, I praise God with you that you were saved. How did that happen and when? What do you feel was so amazing that you were saved?

      Thank you for taking the time to share your comments.

      Have a Son-filled week!


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