622 The Consequences of Passionate Service to God

Verse 1

Those who don’t revere God

nor have hearts that tremble in fear

may disobey without knowing

God’s administrative decrees.

Many serve God with passion,

yet don’t understand His decrees,

still less any inkling

of the meaning of His words.


Verse 2

So with their good intentions,

they disrupt God’s management.

At worst they are thrown out,

cut off, and cast into hell.

These people work in God’s house

with ignorant good intentions,

and end by angering

God’s disposition.


Chorus

If you’re not equipped with truth,

lacking real knowledge,

then your passionate service

will just bring God’s loathing.


Verse 3

People serve in the house of God

as they do officials and lords,

thinking the same will do

with effortless ease.

They don’t know God’s disposition

is that of a lion and not a lamb.

Their first attempts to reach Him will fail,

for His heart’s unlike any man’s.


Chorus

If you’re not equipped with truth,

lacking real knowledge,

then your passionate service

will just bring God’s loathing.


Bridge

Only after understanding many truths

can you come to know God.

This knowledge is not made up

of words and doctrines,

but as treasure to bring you

into close confidence with God,

and as proof that He

delights in you.


Chorus

If you’re not equipped with truth,

lacking real knowledge,

then your passionate service

will just bring God’s loathing.


Outro

By now you should know belief in God

is no mere study of theology!


Adapted from “Three Admonitions” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

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