I was asked to write a spoken word piece about fear. I'd never done a spoken word piece, so I gave it a shot:
Fear grips, fear grabs,
Fear gets ahold of you,
The enemy invented fear,
A piercing, clawing thing that forced its way in
And put a vise on the human heart.
And God looked at that thing and said, “All right, OK…so let’s see…”
“You create fear--I’ll make courage.”
And he did. Courage is the response to fear.
Listen, devil…what you intended for harm, God used for good.
Now we have courage, and we have encouragers.
Encouragers are the agents of God.
They show the love of God.
And this is why the word of God declares, “Perfect loves casts out fear.”
Courage is a crown of mankind,
A gift of God.
The Lord God wears the courage of his saints like a robe,
He spins, and the hem sweeps out across all humanity,
A mighty wind, blowing fear away,
And all the people of the earth are blessed.
Oh, fear, writhing creature, you cannot hold in the face of such a wind,
Such encouragement as comes when the saints of God stand up to you with their prayers.
Those prayers rise up before the Lord as incense from the altar,
And he gets them, he collects them,
Held in golden bowls
Until the day of triumph when he delivers his people
And pours those prayers out
In cascades, in waves.
Oh, fear, the irony…without you, courage would not be required.
And courage is a glorious thing.