Saturday, March 25, 2017

Humility


Grant us, Lord, humility
That comes from knowing you.
Perfection's seen in all you do
While we're a sin-swamped sea.

You will raise those who bow low
And place them on the height
And give them glory, grace and might
While proud ones bow below.

Such reversals honor you.
They show your ways are best.
So let us run to you and rest--
Most sure you'll see us through.



Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God 
so that at the proper time he may exalt you...


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Transformation


All we bring is brokenness—
     Wounds that fester,
     Stench of sin.
All we bring is nothingness—
     No achievements,
     No good works.
Jesus gives us everything—
     First his words, and
     Then his touch.
Jesus gives us cleanliness—
     Full forgiveness,
     Sins all gone.
Jesus gives us holiness—
     His own Spirit
     Now within.

Transformation we’ve not earned—
     Praise and bless him
     Evermore.

And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. (Matthew 8:2-3 ESV)

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Lord's Final Victory



Hope for all who've been oppressed--
Light, not darkness...Crushed ones blessed...
Overwhelming, poured-out grace...
Refugees now have a place...
God the Father on his throne
And all worship him alone.
Praise the LORD for all he's done!
Glory to him through his Son!


Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

--Isaiah 9:7 ESV