Category Archives: Worship

Wishing

Many times I have found myself wishing for a stronger desire for God. I wish I had a stronger desire to fellowship with Him, to serve Him, worship Him, and to read and obey His Word.

 I use the word “wish” because I’ve realized that sometimes that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. Wishing. And in case you didn’t know, wishing really doesn’t get you anywhere. Continue reading

Glory Revealed

When I look towards the towering hills

The fog weaved gently between them

The sun’s rays beaming through majestic clouds,

When I feel it’s warmth on my face,

Or the crisp morning air,

When I see the long grass laced in frost

And consider that the moon and the stars

Are hung up by your Word,

“What is man that you are mindful of him,

And the son of man that you care for him?” Continue reading

Astonished By Mercy

That you would shed your blood for me

When I was foulest enemy

And on your back I’d place the cross

For in rebellion I was lost.

 

Willingly I scorned your name

It should be I who bared the shame

Why would you die for sinners cruel

Who despise your reign and rule?

 

Oh dreadful heart, within me beat

And out flowed poison

I could not retreat

From rallying against the Son

For I despised the Holy One.

 

And now that I can see so clear

That is was God who drew me near

When I would beat Him with clasped hands

He fulfilled the laws demands

And was dealt justice in my place

The King of Earth took my disgrace,

What can I say, how can I ever

Express my love

To Him who never

Owed me breath

Or forgiveness sweet

Who took my death

And waits to meet

Me at His throne

I’ll stand alone

Now washed in blood

A precious flood

Dressed in white

And declared right

With God

My God

No words can say

What marvel, and wonder

Is on display

In my heart-

Gasping, silence, song

May say it best

Or in the longing

Of my flesh

To be with you

With all things new

There I will praise

You all my days

For dealing with me

By extending mercy.

 

Glory, glory to the lamb

Who laid down His life for the vile!

Honour, honour to the lamb

For this sinner He reconciled.

Prayer Answered by Crosses

I read this poem probably five years ago and have come back to it many times.  It’s easy to see the loving care of God when He answers our prayers the way we want them to be answered.  Sometimes we pray “Your will be done” but in our hearts we really mean “but please, please, please do this the way I want.” When things don’t turn out that way we feel like God didn’t hear us.  When times are extremely difficult we may be tempted to ask “Doesn’t He love me?”

This poem helped show me what it means to pray with the Glory of God as the highest aim in mind.  “Lord, whatever it takes- glorify yourself in me.  Ultimately Lord, do what it takes to receive the most glory from this situation.”  Oftentimes that process means God opens our eyes to our own sinfulness and uses trials to reveal areas where we need to grow in faith, love, hope and trust in the Lord.

Prayer Answered by Crosses
By John Newton

I asked the Lord that I might grow
In faith and love and every grace,
Might more of his salvation know,
And seek more earnestly his face.

‘Twas he who taught me thus to pray;
And he, I trust, has answered prayer;
But it has been in such a way
As almost drove me to despair.

I hoped that, in some favoured hour,
At once he’d answer my request,
And by his love’s constraining power
Subdue my sins, and give me rest.

Instead of this, he made me feel
The hidden evils of my heart,
And let the angry powers of hell
Assault my soul in every part.

Yea, more, with his own hand he seemed
Intent to aggravate my woe,
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,
Blasted my gourds, and laid me low.

Lord, why is this? I trembling cried;
Wilt thou pursue this worm to death?
This is the way, the Lord replied
I answer prayer for grace and faith.

These inward trials I now employ
From self and pride to set thee free,
And break thy schemes of earthly joy,
That thou may’st seek thy all in me.

Note: This post is 4 years old. God has continued to use this poem in my life and to my great delight I discovered that Indelible Grace has a wonderful rendition of this, which I wanted to share below. There are so many things I could say in reflection on this song, but truly, it speaks for itself.

I Serve An Emotional God and I Am His Emotional Follower

God is an emotional God.  His book is an emotional  book.  Yet it would seem to me that there are many professing followers of Jesus Christ who seem to lack emotional responses to Him, to His word, to each other, and to sin in themselves and in the world.  Yet, I have also known those who can jump up and down in a worship service, and weep and wail whenever it seems appropriate, yet they live in unrepentant sin and have little understanding about the God of the Bible.  Continue reading

I Was Once A Slave To Sin, Satan, and Music

Romans 6:20-23 “When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.  But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed?  The end of those things is death.  But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.  For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Like everyone else I started life out worshiping one thing: myself.  This way of worship didn’t involve bowing down physically to myself, or even necessarily making loud boasts about myself, but was more like that of most people, an inward exaltation of my own ways and wants above those of others. 

As I got older I became deeply infatuated with music.  I suppose in my self-seeking way, I wanted to find something that identified with my own life experiences and feelings, whether they were good or whether they were sinful.  I found this experience in music. Continue reading

Might We Be True Worshipers of God

 

John 4:23-24 “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.  God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”

John Piper: “True worship comes from people who are deeply emotional and who love deep and sound doctrine.”  (see whole quote at end)

My Response-

 

My heart;

Arise!

For Jesus calls,

And yearns for me with jealous love

Grow not weary nor wax dull

All creation tells of his glory above. Continue reading