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Spurgeon

This song is by Shai Linne and appears on the album Storiez (2008).

Let me make this plain kids- God is the greatest
He never changes- His ways are blameless
For His own glory and at different stages
He raises up servants to make His name famous
I'll highlight one particular servant for
The purpose of encouraging your worship to the Lord
Furthermore, Charles Haddon Spurgeon was born
On the outskirts of London- 1834
His dad and his grandpa were both in the ministry
His mother was praying for his soul since his infancy
Naturally intelligent, rapidly developing
But lacking Jesus' fellowship, that would be irrelevant
The God of his mother unknown
Though Christ was up in his home, the faith just wasn't his own
The Lord answered prayer when at the age of 10
Young Charles became convinced of the wages of sin
For the next five years, the Spirit brought conviction
Terrors and affliction, aware of his condition
One Sunday morning though- the stormiest snow
Kept Charles from going in the church he'd normally go
Randomly stepped into a church
Heard the words "Look to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth"
And though only heaven knows the name of the preacher
That's the day that Spurgeon became a believer

The Lord is so merciful, always so purposeful
Those whom He draws find His call irreversible
Immediately after Spurgeon's conversion
Obediently, he was earnest to serve Him
The Lord poured His Spirit on Spurgeon abundantly
Anyone could see that he spoke with profundity
Extraordinary giftedness seen
Proclaiming God's mysteries at the age of fifteen
In a place called Waterbeach graced with the sort of speech
That even made the old folks say, "This boy can preach!"
In fact he was so crafted after the Master
A Baptist church snatched him and asked him to pastor
At the time, He was seventeen years old
On fire for the King who redeemed his soul
People flocked from everywhere- it was quite a scene
Called to a church in London at the age of nineteen
He was more than ready- to his Lord he was dedicated
Even though he was never formally educated
If you would have scratched him, he would bleed Bible
A rich prayer life was his means of survival
Amount that he read was truly mind-blowing
Steeped in the writings of dudes like John Owen
And by God's grace He fed the sheep new manna
In London met his wife, her name was Susannah

Behold the grace of God- stand to the side
The Spirit exalting the Lamb who has died
It can't be denied- this man we describe
Was simply a tool in the hand of his God
To observe this servant's extremely instructive
One word about Spurgeon is he was productive
Preached Jesus- no speakers- loudly he'd shout it
Each week packed houses of crowds in the thousands
His sermons were published- sixty-two volumes
He worked almost like he just knew he would die soon
Made mad disciples, passed on his knowledge
Established a school to train pastors in college
Sold out to the Lord Jehovah, his portion
Also he built two homes for the orphans
A monthly magazine, plus he wasn't too busy
To write books- about a hundred and fifty
God's grace in Spurgeon was manifest
But remember, the best man is a man at best
Yes, he struggled with depression- consistently sick, kid
Both he and Susannah physically afflicted
He experienced as a servant of Jesus
The power of God made perfect in weakness
Later on comes complications
His stands for orthodoxy got him shunned by his denomination
But through all the hardship and all the controversy
He never stopped relying on the sovereign God of mercy
And when he had finished pressing towards the goal
He entered into heaven at the age of fifty-seven
His life is a case of God's grace effectively
At work in sinners to leave a great legacy
The proof is many years later in your speakers
We're praising Jesus for raising up the "prince of preachers"

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