Sunday, 18 June 2017

Father God, Father of Lights

Father God, Father of lights,
In You, I find my heart's delight

You change not, like shadows that shift
You always give good and perfect gifts

To those who ask and seek and knock
You give Your Spirit, as together we walk

You comfort, counsel and You guide 
Your promised presence, You provide 

Your merciful and perfect Son
Reveals to us, how much we're loved

For though we sinned against heaven and You
You have, towards us, with compassion, moved 

To rescue us, hold us in Your hand
This truth's too great to understand 

Your ways are higher, than we can see
For You, our Father, are so holy 
---
June 18, 2017
Inspired by: Carlos A Rodriguez's free e-book Simply Sonship

The Lord's Lavish Love

Surrender to the Father's love
Extravagant and lavish
Allow Him to enthrall you,
Delight you and ravish
As He sings over you
Songs to enchant, transport
To the glorious rejoicing 
Of our Beloved Lord
For God inhabits the praises
Of His people; here He dwells 
As we sing of our Redeemer, 
Jesus, Emmanuel
Who, for the joy, endured the cross
And now reigns up above 
Come join the celebration 
Of God's abounding love 
---
June 18, 2017
Inspired by: Carlos A Rodriguez's free e-book Simply Sonship

I am God's Chosen, Cherished Child

Because of Christ's sacrifice, 
With God, I am reconciled
He has adopted me, 
His chosen, cherished child
He is my Abba Father; 
I have no need to fear 
For His assuring Spirit
Is always with me here 
He will not leave me 
And if I foolishly stray,
He will, forever, with me, 
Faithfully stay
He has graced me 
With a foretaste 
Of my rich inheritance 
Which I will fully see
In His glorious presence
---
June 18, 2017

Thank You, Father

Thank You, Father
For the extent of Your love
And Your mercy,
That You sent Your only Son
To pay for our sins,
And set us free
For the murderer,
The thief, the liar,
For the adulterer; 
Your faithful love is higher
Yet You reached down to us
You sent Your Son, Jesus
To break the chains of death
And breathe on us
With resurrection breath
So we can boldly come
And bow before Your throne,
Exalted in the heavens
Yet You call us, now, Your own
Children of the Father,
Of the King of Kings
Because You have adopted us,
Your praise we'll ever sing
---
June 18, 2017
Inspired by Max Lucado's  He Chose the Nails

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Witness and Worship (Psalm 19:1-6; Romans 1:20, 21)

The heavens declare the glory of God;
The skies proclaim the work of His hands
Through His eternal power and nature;
There is no reason to not understand 

Wordless, their voice goes into the earth
Day after day and each evening -
The knowledge of the divine Lord,
The celestial spheres are revealing 
    
The sun’s like a champion, beaming with joy,
Bringing blessing of warmth and light 
Oh, give thanks to our Creator
Whose laws are radiant and right 
---
June 17, 2017

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Have You Heard the Call?

Christ calls to the sinner 
Come, follow Me 
He calls to the stranger
Come, learn of Me

He calls us to believe 
In the power of His might
Calls us to do His will,
Shining forth His light

He calls us to testify 
How His mercy has blessed
He calls the impure spirits
To flee from the oppressed

He calls us to be well,
To suffer no more
He calls us to believe
And not fear anymore

He calls us, come away 
To a place of quiet calm
To learn from Him,
The Shepherd of the Psalm

He calls us to purity of heart,
To freely speak God’s goodness
To show compassion to the hungry
And for His gifts, gratitude express

He calls us to beware
Of our hearts becoming stone
He calls us to see Him
As the One upon God’s throne

He calls us to focus 
Upon the things of God,
To deny our selves
Lest our lives be for naught 

He calls us to pray
And to serve the Lord
For even small kinds acts
Will receive, from Him, rewards

He calls us to walk rightly 
And with others, live at peace
To have a child-like faith,
Leaving family, home, or fields

He calls us to believe, 
Not to doubt Jesus,
To forgive others' sins
For His Father forgave us 

He calls us to love God
And to give what He is due -
Love extended to Him
And those that live near you

He calls us not to seek
Honour for ourselves,
And to give sacrificially, 
Whether poor or having wealth

He calls us to pray 
That we may, sin, withstand 
And if we betray Him,
Seek forgiveness from His hand 

He calls us to remember Him,
In the breaking of the bread,
The One who died upon the cross
And rose up from the dead

He calls us, do not be deceived,
Nor fear trials and tests 
For His Spirit gives us words
That to His grace attests 

He calls us, be on guard 
And keep alert for Him
For we do not know just when
Our eyes will behold Him

When He calls the dead
To rise up and meet Him 
Where we'll forever hear 
The 'call to worship' begin 
---
June 14, 2017

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Persevere in Faith (Hebrews 11:6-12:3)

There are superstars of the faith
Abraham, David, Paul 
And there are others 
Too many to name them all 
Though they faced imprisonment
Torture, jeers and chains,
They had confident assurance 
That a heavenly city awaits 
Some were stoned to death,
And some were sawed in two 
They were persecuted and mistreated,
Poor and destitute 
They were commended for their faith
As they earnestly served the Lord
Yet none, in this life, received,
God’s perfectly-planned reward
Let us, from sin and hindrances, be free
And run with perseverance in the race  
Fixing our eyes upon Christ Jesus,
Who endured the cross and its shame
Consider Him, who endured resistance
For the rejoicing yet to come,
Do not grow weary or lose heart
For Christ the Lord, our victory, has won  
---
June 10, 2017             

Friday, 9 June 2017

Be Encouraged by God's Word (2 Chronicles 20:6-30)

The Sovereign King in Heaven above,
The powerful and mighty LORD
Says: Do not be discouraged
For the battle is not yours

Stand firm and see
The LORD deliver you
Do not be afraid
Emmanuel is with you

Have faith in your God, trust in His Word
And you will find success
Sing to the LORD and praise Him
For the splendour of His holiness

Rejoice with harps and lyres and trumpets
For peace our awesome God assures
Give thanks to the LORD
His love forever endures
---
June 9, 2017

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

In the Breaking of the Bread

May we recognize Jesus
In the breaking of the bread
As we lift our hands in gratitude
For all we have received 
Good gifts from up above
May we taste and savour
In communion, 
And in daily bread
The presence of the Lord
Who is risen, has forgiven
Those who tore ope His flesh
May we digest the true bread
That from Heaven, 
Has come down 
May we hunger for Him alone
The Bread of Life, Jesus 
---
June 7, 2017

Monday, 5 June 2017

Morning Prayer

Lord, I thank You for this day
That You have made with mercies new
Breathe upon me, Breath of God
That I would do what You would do
Open my eyes to see
Opportunities to bless
Open my ears to hear Your voice
And quickly reply, "Yes"
Fill my mouth with words to cheer
Help me to know there is no need to fear
Use my hands to serve You well
For the glory of Your name
Lead my feet down paths of righteousness
And through dark valleys filled with pain
Help me to know Your presence
And Your almighty power,
That You are here for me
Each and every hour
Of this day that You have made
May I be glad and rejoice in You
Thankful for all You have done
When this day is through
---
June 5, 2017

Saturday, 3 June 2017

A Daily Prayer

Lord, let my soul arise to greet You
As my eyelids lift, to receive the light
May I see who You are, see Your glory
Illuminate my path; lead me aright 
Pour out Your Spirit upon me
That I might heed Your call
Help me to hear Your voice
Above any others that may call
Grant me courage to walk 
By faith and not by sight 
Trusting You will protect me
By Your mercy and Your might
Fill me with Your peace 
That passes understanding 
Knowing that the wind and waves
Are subdued by Your commanding 
Let me end the day with thanksgiving 
For all the blessings You will bestow
Wonders of goodness and mercy 
Your presence, joyfully to know 
---
June 3, 2017

Help Me Be a Blessing

Help me be a blessing,
Be an instrument of peace
Help me humbly decrease
And let You, Lord increase
In grace and glory
As I shine forth Your light
Help me do, what You would do
What's good and true and right
By the power of Your Spirit,
May I be compelled
With kindness and compassion
So the world can tell
I am a beloved child
Of the King of Kings
May others see You in me
And lift up thanksgiving 
---
June 2, 2017

Praying the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-16)

Grant me a spirit that is tender,
That grieves over my sin
Help me to be humble
To thirst for Your goodness within
Help me to be merciful,
To keep my heart, for You, pure,
To live at peace with others,
Persecution to endure
Help me to attract others
To Your Living Water
Help me shine Your glorious light
High above any others
---
June 2, 2017