Tuesday, 19 September 2017

It's Good to Be Near God (Psalm 73:23-28)

I am always with You,
You hold me by my right hand
You guide me with Your wisdom
You will lead me to where You stand

Whom have I in heaven but You?
Earth's desires will all fade and tarnish
My heart and my flesh may fail
God is my strength, my soul's wish

It is good to be near Him, 
My Sovereign Lord and God;
I will tell of His salvation,
The wondrous deeds of my God
---
September 19, 2017

God’s Invitation To Life (Isaiah 55)

Come, all who are thirsty
Though you be poor
Come and eat. Wine and milk
Will freely pour

Spend money on food
That doesn’t sustain? Why?
Or labour for that
Which does not satisfy?

Listen to me, ingest what is good
And to your soul I will give
The richest of fare that your soul
May abundantly live

Seek the Lord while He may be found
Call on Him while He is close
Let the wicked forsake his way
And the unrighteous, their thoughts dispose

Let them turn to our merciful God
Who will pardon, restore
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts
Neither are your ways Mine,” says the Lord

As the heavens are higher
Than the earth below
So are My ways higher than yours
And My thoughts also

As the rain and the snow
From heaven come down
And do not return to it
Without watering the ground

And making it bud and flourish
Yielding seeds to be spread about
And bread for the hungry
So is My word that from My mouth goes out

It will not return to Me void
But will accomplish what I desire and achieve
The purpose for which it was sent
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace

The mountains and hills will burst into song
Junipers and myrtles, and every tree will applaud
Replacing the thorn bush and briars
For the everlasting glory of God
---
July 7, 2013                         

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Lord, Fuel My Passions (Isaiah 44:14-19)

Lord, fuel my passions;
May they only serve You
May I only bow down
And bring worship to You
For You are my God,
My righteous Creator
You're my King and my crown,
Good and merciful Saviour
---
September 17, 2017

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Live Worthily with Unity and Maturity (Ephesians 4)

Live worthily of the calling
You received from the Lord above
Be humble, gentle and patient,
Bearing with each other in love

Strive to stay united
Through the Spirit's bond of peace,
Serving the body of Christ
Until mature faith we all reach

Speak the truth in love; put off
Your corrupted self; put off the old;
Put on righteousness and holiness;
Don't give Satan a foothold

In your anger, do not sin,
Nor let it fester and brew
Do honest work so you can share
With those who've less than you

May others be built up
By encouraging words you utter,
Not unwholesome talk
That belongs down in the gutter

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit;
Get rid of brawling and anger,
Along with every kind of malice,
Bitterness, rage and slander

Be kind and compassionate,
Forgiving everyone,
Just as God forgave you
Through Jesus Christ, His Son
---
September 16, 2017

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Faith in Action (Hebrews 11)

Be confident and hopeful 
That God's promises are true
Live a life that pleases Him
His presence, earnestly pursue

Persevere through persecution
And you'll receive your reward -
The joy of righteousness,
Perfection with the Lord
---
September 13, 2017

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Follow the Way of Love

Follow the way of love,
Speaking words of encouragement
Make room in your heart for those
Who are holy and reverent 
---
September 12, 2017

Monday, 11 September 2017

John's Confession of Christ (John 1:19-51)

John freely confessed, "I am not the One
The Jewish people have been waiting for,
But a voice calling in the wilderness,
Preparing the way for the coming Lord
I am not the Prophet, nor Elijah
Nor the Lamb of God, nor the Messiah;
I saw the Spirit descend from heaven above
As gentle as a peaceful dove
And remain on Christ, God's Chosen One
The Son of Man, God's only begotten Son"

The discerning disciples discovered 
That Moses and the prophets wrote of Him
If you hear Christ's voice calling out to you,
Leave all behind and quickly follow Him 
---
September 11, 2017

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Let There Be Good (Genesis 1)

The Alpha and Omega,
The Beginning and End
Said, "Let there be, 
May it be so, Yes and Amen"

In all, that God sees as good,
Let us bear fruit, and multiply
For God gives all that we need,
Our good Creator, and Lord of Light
---
September 10, 2017

The Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 3)

Brothers and sisters, do not be worldly
Like mere infants in Christ,
But live by the Spirit,
Without jealousy and strife

Do not say, "I follow one"
And, "I follow another"
For we are all servants of God,
All sisters and brothers

One plants the seed and one waters,
But God makes it grow, producing a yield
And each will be rewarded 
For their personal labour in God's field

By God's grace, I laid a foundation
As a wise builder would,
But each should build with care,
Not with straw, hay or wood

Since our foundation is Christ,
We should use gold, silver, precious stones,
For the quality of our work
Will be, through God's refinement, shown

Remember we are God's temple
And He dwells among us
So do not boast of foolish matters,
But boast in Christ Jesus
---
September 10, 2017

Thursday, 7 September 2017

The Stoning of Stephen (Acts 6 & 7)

When the early church was rapidly growing,
The disciples selected seven men
To serve widows in their distress,
One of them being Spirit-filled Stephen;
He was full of faith and wisdom
And God’s power and grace,
Performing great signs and wonders
But opposing Jews vainly tried to debate
Then they plotted and stirred up the people,
Bringing false witnesses before the Sanhedrin 
Accusing him of blaspheming Moses and God
All who sat in the council saw an angelic Stephen 
The high priest inquired of him,
"Are these charges against you true?”
Stephen replied, explaining 
How the God of glory had moved
Through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
How God’s people would be set apart
And how Joseph was sold into slavery
By his jealous brothers, the patriarchs 
Stephen spoke of how Moses, the prophet 
Was powerful in speech and deed
And how God called him and used him
In the wilderness and at the Red Sea
Though Moses spoke living words from God,
They chose to worship idols instead
“You are like those who killed the prophets
But you’ve killed the Christ,” Stephen said 
The members of the Sanhedrin 
Became enraged and on Stephen they gnawed
He said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man,
Jesus, standing at the right hand of God”
They all yelled and rushed at Stephen 
Stoning him, as he prayed on his knees
“Do not hold this sin against them,
Lord Jesus, my spirit, receive”
—-

September 7, 2017

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Do Not Fear, Nor Worry (Luke 12:22-34)

Do not fear, little children,
For your Father is pleased
To give you the kingdom
Where there are no thieves
And no destruction or decay
Do not worry about food and clothes
Look at the ravens that God feeds
And wildflowers splendidly robed
You are more valuable to Him
Than one could ever measure
So seek Him and His kingdom;
There, your heart will find its treasure
---
September 5, 2017

Our Glory Yet to Come (Romans 8:18-30)

Do not compare your present sufferings
With the glory yet to come
When God, the Father, will reveal
His true daughters and sons
Then all creation will be set free
From decay and death
No more will we groan in pain
And labouring breath
Now we, who have a foretaste,
Await the feast with anticipation
The hope of our redemption,
Waiting patiently for our salvation
The Spirit helps us in our weakness
With wordless groans and prayers
In accordance with the will of God
Who knows our concerns and cares
And we know that in all things
God works for the good of those
Who love and serve Him,
Who He foreknew and chose
To be conformed to the image
Of His Son, Jesus Christ
Those He predestined for this purpose,
He also called them justified
---
September 5, 2017

Petition and Praise

Lord, help me learn from You
And turn from my sin,
To enter in
Your kingdom
Of righteousness and peace
Help me decrease
And submit to Your will
As I spill out my heart 
To my loving Father
Who will gather me close
Like a bird under its wing;
May I ever sing
Endless praises to Jesus
For He has freed me
From sin, shame and death;
May my every breath
Be lived for Your glory
For You are worthy
Of honour and praise;
Oh, High King of Heaven,
To You, I raise
A song of rejoicing,
Of victory
For You've delivered me
From the enemy's snare
Lord, thank You
For hearing my prayer
---
September 5, 2017

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Zion's New Name (Isaiah 62)

Do not keep silent or quiet
Until vindication comes to Jerusalem 
And her salvation shines 
Out like the blazing dawn

All nations and kings 
Will see her glory,
Bestowed with a new name 
From the mouth of the Lord

In the hand of God 
Treasured, she will be 
Crowned with splendour 
And glorious majesty 

No longer will she be known
As desolate and deserted 
But she will be a delight 
And her land will flourish 

The Lord will build her up
And rejoice over her with song 
As a bridegroom to a bride
God has sworn this by His mighty arm

Persevere in prayer to God
For that established day
When Zion is the praise of the earth
And justice, within her, prevails

Then those who labour 
Will reap their own rewards,
Feasting in the courts 
Of the sanctuary of the LORD

Enter in! Enter in!
Prepare the way for people to return
Make a clear path, 
Remove the stumbling stones

Raise a banner for the nations 
For the LORD proclaims through all the earth:
See, your Saviour comes
To reward those who have served 

God’s Holy People, they will be called,
Those Redeemed of the LORD
And Zion will be Much Desired, 
No Longer Forsaken, Forlorn
—-

August 27, 2017

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Reflections of God's Radiance

How often have I lived
With my back towards the sun,
Marvelling at my self,
Cemented in the shadows

If only I would turn 
To find illumination 
For the path
Set forth by our Creator

You change not,
Like phases of the moon,
Which orchestrates
The times and seasons

May the brilliance of Your glory
Be not eclipsed by me;
Help me bow down,
Your radiance see
As I reflect upon 
Your holy majesty 
---
August 24, 2017

Thursday, 17 August 2017

War No More (Isaiah 2:2-5, Micah 4:1-5)

The Word of the Lord came through prophets of old:
In the latter days, it shall unfold
That the house of the Lord shall be established on high
And all nations shall flow into it, every tribe
Many people shall come, saying, "Let's arise and go
To learn God's ways, His paths to know"
For His law shall go forth from His holy hill
And He shall judge between many peoples
Into plowshares they shall beat their swords
Nations shall, no more learn war
Everyone shall to their own garden tend
And walk in the light of the Lord
Whose kingdom of peace has no end
---
November 10, 2016

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

For People From Every Tribe, Language and Nation (Revelation 5, 7 & 14)

With Christ’s blood, God has purchased salvation 
For people from every tribe, language and nation 
A kingdom of people that will soon reign on earth
To serve God, on the throne, who, alone, is worth 
All the glory and praise from His sons and daughters
Whom He created, along with stars, earth and waters;
The redeemed of the Lamb have received the good news
But God’s judgement will come to those who refuse 
To bow their knees and confess Christ as Lord
With blessing and honour, to Jesus, outpoured 
To the glory of the Father, our Ruler Supreme;
His image we bear, for by Him, we’re esteemed
---
August 16, 2017

The Armour of God (Ephesians 6:10-18)


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Reflections From Psalm 22

"My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"
Christ cried out in anguish from the cross
My God, I cry out by day but You do not answer me
When darkness covers all the land, rest is lost

Yet, You are enthroned as the Holy One,
The One whom Israel gives praise
In You, our ancestors put their trust
They cried to You; You delivered and saved

But, I am a worm, spit upon and crushed
While upon the cross, in agony, I writhe 
Unrecognized as human
Scorned by all, by all despised

All who see me at this crossroad mock me
Hurling insults, shaking their heads
"He trusts in the LORD,
Let the LORD rescue him," they said

Yet You brought me out of the womb
You made me trust in You even as I nursed
I have always been cared for by You, my God
Do not be far, for only You can help me, now cursed

Many bulls surround me
Ferocious horns of power oppress
Roaring lions that shred their prey
My back is a blood-scourged mess

I am poured out like water, emptied of life
All of my bones are in disarray
Like wax, my heart has melted
Like a broken jar, in the dust of death, I lay

They pierce my hands and my feet
A pack of villains stare and gloat
They divide my garments among themselves
And cast lots for my seamless clothes

But You, LORD, do not be far from me
You are my strength; come quickly to my aid
Deliver me from the sword, my precious life
From the power of savages, rescue and save

I will declare Your name to my people
In the assembly I will praise You
Children of Israel, honour and revere Him!
You who fear the LORD, praise Him, too!

For He has not despised or scorned
The suffering of the afflicted one
He has not hidden His face from him
But has listened to the cry from His Son

From You comes the theme of my praise
Before those who fear You, I will fulfill my vows
The poor will eat and be satisfied
Those who seek the LORD will praise Him anyhow

All the ends of the earth will remember and repent
All the families of every nation
Will bow down before the LORD
Who rules over all of His creation

All the rich of the earth will celebrate and sing
All who go down to the dust will kneel
Posterity will serve Him;
To future generations, the LORD will be revealed

They will declare His righteousness,
Proclaim to those who have yet to leave the womb:
He has done it! It is finished!
He is risen! Christ has left the tomb.
---
September 16, 2015

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Musings from Morning Meditation (Mark 7:33-37)

Lord, help me hear and speak
Clearly what You've done -
Amazing things
Through Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who opened ears
And loosened quiet tongues
That they might join the chorus
Where endless praise is sung
With people from each nation,
Every tribe and every tongue
Giving glory all together
To the One who strung
The stars up in the heavens;
Upon the earth, Christ hung
Where His lifeblood for ours,
Out of Him, was wrung
As He spoke forgiveness 
Until the last breath in His lungs;
Lord, help me clearly hear Your voice
And speak Your truth with grace 
While there is breath within my lungs
Until I see You face to face
---
August 21, 2017

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Psalm 32

Oh, what joy for those whose sin is forgiven, 
Whose disobedience is put out of sight,
Whose record the LORD has cleared of guilt,
Whose lives are lived in God's light
When I adamantly hid my wrong
I groaned with guilt all day long
Day and night I felt Your hand 
Heavy upon me
My strength dried up 
Like pools in the summer heat
I finally admitted all my sins
And stopped trying to flee
You forgave my rebellion;
From my guilt I am free
Let all the godly turn to You,
Confess and repent
That they may not drown 
In Your judgement 
You hide me from trouble
And You protect me
You surround me with songs
Of triumph and victory
The LORD says, "I will show you
The best path for your life
I will advise and watch over you,
And keep you from strife"
That to the wicked abounds;
Those who trust in the LORD,
Know His unfailing love surrounds
They are not like senseless mules
That need to be kept under rein
Nor do they regret being led 
By the LORD who rules and reigns 
Rejoice in the LORD;
Be glad, you who obey
Shout for joy, you pure in heart
Shout, "Hallelujah, hooray"
---
August 9, 2017

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Shout to the Lord (Mark 10:46-52)

"Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
Was blind Bartimaeus' loud vocal plea

Some people there told him to be quiet
But he shouted even more; it was quite a riot

Jesus stopped and said, "Call him here to Me."
So they called to him, "Cheer up! Get on your feet!"

Bartimaeus tossed his cloak aside and jumped to his feet;
When Christ asked what he wanted, he said, "I want to see."

Jesus declared, "Your faith has healed you; you may now go"
But when he saw Christ, he followed Him along the road

May God grant us vision to see where we've been blind,
To fervently call out to God and follow Him closely behind 
---
August 8, 2017

Monday, 7 August 2017

Genealogy of Grace

Adam = Man
Seth = Appointed
Enosh = Mortal
Kenan = Sorrow
Mahalalel = The Blessed God
Jared = Will come down
Enoch = Teaching / education
Methuselah = His death shall bring
Lamech = The despairing
Noah = Comfort

From our genesis, man was appointed mortal sorrow
But the Blessed God, would, a virgin's womb, borrow
So God could come down and be with us
Through His only Begotten, His Son, Jesus
Who taught us how, to perfectly love
And preached peace with our Father above
Christ's death shall bring the despairing, comfort
Trust Him with your heart and all of your hurt 
For sons of Adam, indeed will die
But Christ is risen; He's alive 
He's broken the chains of death and sin
And He will lift you up, welcome you in
To His promised land where a rainbow shines
Around His throne; this hope is mine
---
August 7, 2017

Psalm 27 Meditation

Why would I let fears abound
When I know that the Lord surrounds?
He is light and He sees all
He won't let me stumble and fall
My heart will not fear
For I know God is near
I wish I could always feel this way
Delighting in His perfection all day
He will hide me in the shelter of His wing 
In His sanctuary I will joyfully sing
Hear me, Lord, in Your mercy, reply
You call to me; I know You are nigh
Do not abandon me; hold me close
Protect me from unrighteous foes
I'm sure of Your goodness
So I patiently wait for You,
While encouraging others 
To put their trust in You
---
August 6, 2017

Saturday, 29 July 2017

God's Language of Love (Deuteronomy 11)

If you have the privilege
To read our Father's Word
In your mother tongue,
Read it when you're old
Read it when you're young
Fix it in your mind
And within your heart
Teach it to your children
When you arrive,
When you depart
May God's Word surround you
May it frame the way you live
A foundation that is trusted 
To His children, He will give
Commands that are not burdensome
His presence He will share
He will go before you
The way, for you, prepare
As you worship God,
He will guide you, give you rest,
A song of rejoicing 
Will declare how much you're blessed
---
July 29, 2017