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Workman of God, O lose not heart, but learn what God is like
And in the darkest battlefield thou shalt know where to strike

Thrice blest is he to whom is given the instinct that can tell
That God is on the field when he is most invisible

He hides himself so wondrously, as though there were no God
He is least seen when all the powers of ill are most abroad

Ah, God is other than we think, his ways are far above
Far beyond reason’s height and reached only by childlike love

Then learn to scorn the praise of men and learn to lose with God
For Jesus won the world through shame and beckons thee his road

Frederick William Faber, 1814-1863.

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Ray Ortlund is senior pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and serves as a Council member with The Gospel Coalition. You can follow him on Twitter.

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