Don Francisco has been one of my favorite Christian singers, and one of my favorite songs was “Balaam.”  In light of my recent posts, it seemed to fit here.  Make sure you catch the last line.


Balaam was a prophet about the time that Moses was coming through
And every now and again God’d speak to him and tell him what to say and do
He had a reputation in all those parts for bein’ on the line of power
And when Moab’s king heard Moses was comin’ he called him in his needy hour

He said, “Balaam come and curse these Israelites
If you do I believe I could beat ’em in a fight!”
But when Balaam asked the Lord, the Lord said, “Balaam don’t you go
Israel is blessed by Me, don’t you go mess up My show”
But Balaam’s head was turned by the money he could earn
So he saddled up his donkey anyway

Balaam and his servants hurried off for the King of Moab’s castle
But they hadn’t gone very far down the road when the whole trip became a hassle
Because the donkey ran off across a field, then she nearly broke Balaam’s ankle
But when she lay right down and wouldn’t get up Balaam got a little more than rankled

For the third time Balaam beat her with his cane
But that donkey just refused to move again
It was the thing that happened next though, that made Balaam’s knees get weak
Well, that donkey still would not get up but she began to speak
She said, “Balaam you’re to blame, the way you beat me is a shame
‘Cause all I’ve done is tried to save your life!”

Then the Angel of the Lord appeared with a flamin’ sword in his hand
Balaam fell down on his face, a very frightened man
The Angel said, “Balaam, you’d be dead if your donkey hadn’t detected
That I was waitin’ there to part your hair when you and my sword connected”

Balaam then repented for his sin
And he promised not to act like that again
And I hope he learned his lesson about God’s reward for greed
But you know it’s that talkin’ donkey that’s really strange indeed
Now that donkey’s just a donkey but she’s still the thing God used
And that’s the point I want you all to see

The Lord’s the one who makes the choice of the instrument He’s usin’
We don’t know the reasons and the plans behind His choosin’
So when the Lord starts usin’ you don’t you pay it any mind
He ‘could have used the dog next door if He’d been so inclined

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