I’m not sure if there is something wrong with my brain – songs easily get stuck in there – random songs that I haven’t even heard in ages. Currently my internal sound track is playing a peculiar hymn we had to sing in primary school – a bizarre hymn about dragons and knights. In fact thy hymn was a favourite of one teacher but also a great source of irritation to him trying to get us to sing about Dragons instead of Dragins. As this song has kept me company this week I decided to look up the lyrics to find out what on earth it was all about – was pleasantly surprised to see it has actually a really great message once you get past the dragons and ogres.
When a knight won his spurs in the stories of old
He was gentle and brave he was gallant and bold
With a shield on his arm and a lance in his hand
For God and for valour he rode through the land
No charger have I and no sword by my side
Yet still to adventure and battle I ride
Though back into storyland giants have fled
And the knights are no more and the dragons are dead
So let faith be my shield and let hope be my steed
Against the dragons of anger the ogres of greed
And let me set free with the sword of my youth
From the castle of darkness the power of the truth
We all have dragons and ogres in our life – whether they are real things that scare us or fears that our imagination has conjured up. Dragons of feeling a failure, Ogre of feeling useless, Giants of fear for the future. I’m not sure what the hymns writer has in mind, but I get the feeling that Paul’s letter to the Corinthians gave him some ideas.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
So with this old song in my head this week I take courage to fight against Dragons, Giants and Ogres in my mind, exposing them to the light of Christ, whipping them into defeat by the Truth. Now, if only those Ogres could be a bit less scary!