Saturday, November 25, 2017

Jericho's Walls



See your Jericho--its walls
   Great and thick and strong,
   Nothing you can breach at all.

Now look at the Lord who fights--
   Conqueror of all,
   Always mighty, always right.

He can make those walls fall down,
   Opening the way
   Starting with an entire town.

...the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city. --Joshua 6:20

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Not My Goodness


Not my goodness, not my zeal
Can explain my Father's love.
Not excitements that I feel...
All's a gift from Him above.

My good works could never earn
Grace for just one sin I've done.
I have earned God's wrath...to burn
Untold ages, like the sun.

But in mercy he forgave,
Washed me, cleansed me white as snow.
Jesus gave his life to save,
And his mercies ever flow.

He will fill my ev'ry lack.
He will guide me all my days.
I can never pay him back;
Only serve with grateful praise.

We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19 ESV)

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Predestined


God the Father knew us
Before there ever was us...
Before our parents ever were,
Before the world's foundations were.

God predestined us--yes, us
To be like Jesus, him stamped on us.
Not an outward stamp of form,
But the heart stamp, flaming, warm.

Our God called us,
Spoke life to us--
Made us hear him,
Love and fear him.

God the Father justified--
Made us clean through Christ who died
And the third day from death rose.
Now we wear his righteous clothes.

God the Father glorified
All of us he'd justified.
He's declared it, and it's sure.
In him we're bright...shining...pure.

And those whom he predestined he also called,
and those whom he called he also justified,
and those whom he justified he also glorified. 

(Romans 8:30 ESV)

This image has nothing to do with the poem, but I like the image. It's part of the walkway along Spring Creek.