Thursday, 20 July 2017

Mt Doug Meditation of Psalm 95

The Lord is among us
Amidst the firs and brush
Hear Him whisper peace
Your worried heart, hush 

As you ascend the mountain, 
The scent of cedar, breathe in 
Join the song of rejoicing 
With all that belongs to Him

A chorus of fiddleheads, 
Dusty earth, sparkling sea
Lift up your voice and your limbs
Beneath the towering trees

As you traverse the path,
God's fingerprints, trace 
Exult in His divine design
And wonders of His grace 

We are His people, under His care
Remember all He has done 
He has drawn us, like water,
Because of Jesus, His Son

Thank God for His faithfulness,
His merciful provision 
And rest on the mountain of the Lord 
See the view that once was hidden 

Be refreshed by the wind
A welcome reward 
Renew your strength 
For tomorrow you will soar 
---
July 19, 2017

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The Kingdom of God

Jesus spoke about the kingdom of God
To His followers through parables -
Faith doesn't always take root or bear fruit
For one's heart needs to be arable

The kingdom of God is likened to
A mustard seed, that is very small
But when it is planted and watered,
Its roots spread out, pervading all 

The kingdom of God is also like
Yeast, that's transformative
Flavoured with abundance,
Is the feast God's preparing to give

To those who are born again,
Born of water and the Spirit
Like a little child, accept
God's invitation if you hear it

And He will graciously welcome 
You into His righteous realm
Where a bounty of peace and joy
Will eternally overwhelm 
---
July 18, 2017

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Jubilation

Rejoice, as juice bursts forth
From abundant orchards and groves
Lift up a glass in celebration
To the Creator
Whose divine qualities overflow
So we can see that God
Has extravagantly shown
To us, His delight and favour
Taste and see
The goodness of the Lord;
His sweetness, savour
---
July 6, 2017

I Write to You, Dear Brothers and Sisters (1 John)

God is perfect love, God is light
The blood of Christ makes us right
As we confess our sins,
He purifies our souls within
So we may commune with the Father
And fellowship with one another
How great a love, upon us, 
The Father showers
Because of Christ,
Who laid down His life for ours
We will be like Him, when we see
Christ, our brother, in eternity
When the world's desires and its fears,
Lust and pride of life, forever disappears
Overcome by Christ, who is the greatest;
In Him, we have eternal life and rest
---
July 6, 2017

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Reasons to Applaud

People often quantify their goodness
By what they have not done
"Well, I have not robbed
Or murdered anyone."
But on Judgement Day
God will ask, "What have you done?"
How did you treat the poor,
Did you believe in Christ, My Son
Who said: the 'least of these'
Deserve the very best

Here is where your faith 
Meets a practical test -
Are the orphans and the widows,
And those who are imprisoned
People that you serve;
Is freeing the oppressed, 
Part of your life-long mission,
Seeking justice, loving mercy
Walking humbly with your God;
Will the things you do today
Give angels reasons to applaud?
---
July 5, 2017