Hosea 6:1 Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.
Being crushed is never easy-Being broken is required
To be formed into Christ’s likeness-Reckon with what you’ve desired
When you been deformed, mishapen-By the devil world and flesh
By God’s grace be overtaken-He’ll reform your life afresh
But there’s pain upon the anvil-As God beats a self to death
In the crushing there’s a whisper-For the hammer is God’s breath
As he breathes into the vessel-A lifegiving change of mind
He has torn us, he will heal us-What he breaks he’ll surely bind
By his flames we must be tempered-For we’re fashioned by the fire
Though struck down upon His anvil-He becomes our true desire
There is mercy in the moulding-There‘s a blueprint for His grace
As we’re conformed to Christ’s image-Then our likeness is replaced
Crushed by the weight of glory-By the holy hammerstrike
He will smite us for our good as he reveals what we are like.
By the holy hammer we are forged Into noble forms
Beaten into beauty in the midst of gracious storms…
There’s compassion in the crushing There’s forgiveness in the fire
When the holy heavy hammer Strikes us down it lifts us higher
Our souls’ goldsmith refines us by his ardor and His blows
Into what shape he’ll reform us, only highest heaven knows.
June 26, 2019