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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made – A Poem

This morning as I was getting ready for work the song All Fall Down by MercyMe was playing on my iPod. I paused my iPod towards the end of this song for my prayer time and picked up my book of Psalms for Prayer to read the next psalm, which happened to be Psalm 139. I had to smile when I got to verse 14 because it is one of the lines in the song I had just been listening to. Psalm 139:14 says, “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

I decided to write a short psalm of my own based on this verse and to also share the song by MercyMe. Because it is Tuesday, I will be sharing this later today for Open Link Night at dVerse Poets Pub.

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

I will praise You, O Lord
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made

You are the Creator of my soul
my mind, my talents and strengths

You knew me before I was
and had a plan for all my days

Take my strengths, O Lord
and use them to Your glory

You are the Creator of all that I am
Your ways are too wonderful for me to understand

Take my weaknesses, O Lord, my God
and show Your might and power to overcome

I am fearfully and wonderfully made
to You belongs all my praise

 

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At the Border – A Poem

Today at dVerse Poets Pub, Claudia has challenged us to write a poem about borders – either physical borders between countries or states or intangible borders between cultures or beliefs. As I read her wonderful article about borders, I immediately thought of the border between Christians and atheists. I decided to try my hand at putting my thoughts on this subject into poetic form.

In years past, the border between these groups was largely ignored as they largely ignored each other. But in recent years they have both approached the border and a clash between faith combined with reason and reason without faith has become almost impossible to avoid. I have crossed the border once or twice to engage in conversation with atheists in my life. I find they often refuse to see their own bias in their reasoning, a bias towards the non-existence of God. The conversations seldom seem fruitful or useful, and so I have retreated to my side of the border, choosing to cross the border only in prayer.

I decided to write this poem in the pantoum form that I learned from one of the contributors at dVerse Poets Pub. This is my third pantoum, and I find I really like this form. I particularly like how it ends where it starts.

At the Border

At the border, leaning on this tree
Seeing blind fools on the other side
They cannot see what I clearly see
The invisible God our great divide

Seeing blind fools on the other side
What an unthinking fool they think I be
The invisible God our great divide
They scoff at faith, my reason and reality

What an unthinking fool they think I be
But I know I understand the truth
They scoff at faith, my reason and reality
God plainly revealed to me since my youth

But I know I understand the truth
All life evolved from nothingness?
God plainly revealed to me since youth
He created all life, I must profess

All life evolved from nothingness?
They cannot see what I clearly see
He created all life, I must profess
At the border, praying beneath this tree

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The Trinity – A Poem for My Tuesday Three

For My Tuesday Three today I decided I wanted to write a poem about, as Don McLean calls them in American Pie, “the three men I admire most: the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost.” I think of the Trinity whenever I write a Tuesday Three post, so I thought it was high time I devote a post to the Triune God – One God in three persons. (For another good post on the Trinity, check out this post on Comprehending the Trinity.)

The Trinity

God, the Father
Creator of all
Divided land and water
Placed the stars, sun,
and heavens above
Formed plants and animals
in perfect balance
Breathed life into Adam
and created Eve his mate
Gave His only Son
to redeem His Creation

God, the Son
Jesus, the Christ
Born of a virgin
in humble surroundings
A teacher, prophet
and friend of sinners
who needed Him most
Turned water to wine
and gave the blind sight
Willingly gave His life
to redeem His Creation

God, the Holy Spirit
Wonderful Counselor
Promised by the Father
Reminds us of the words
taught by the Son
Source of wisdom, faith,
patience, kindness,
and all good things
Helps us to pray
Draws all people to the Son
to redeem His Creation

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Psalms 24 – God Our Savior

This coming Tuesday is my 25th wedding anniversary. In honor of this wonderful day, I was going to post Psalms 25 today, but I have already posted it back in June. So I asked my husband to pick a number between 1 and 150. He picked 24 and so today I have posted the first part of Psalms 24. You can read the entire Psalms 24 here.

Psalm 24

    Of David. A psalm.

 1 The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it,
   the world, and all who live in it;
2 for he founded it upon the seas
   and established it upon the waters.

 3 Who may ascend the hill of the LORD?
   Who may stand in his holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
   who does not lift up his soul to an idol
   or swear by what is false.
5 He will receive blessing from the LORD
   and vindication from God his Savior.
6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,
   who seek your face, O God of Jacob.
                         Selah

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The Alpha and the Omega – A Poem

This week I’ve been thinking about how awesome our God is, and how thankful I am for His Glory. Each morning I begin my prayers by praising God as the Alpha and Omega. He is the creator of all things, seen and unseen. So I decided to write my Thankful Thursday poem in praise of His wonder.

The Alpha and the Omega

You are the Alpha and the Omega
The beginning and the end
Before You there was nothing
There will be only You in the end

You are the Alpha and the Omega
Your glory will not cease
When all You’ve created is gone
There will remain Your peace

You are the Alpha and the Omega
Creator of all that is good
Both the seen and the unseen
In awe before You stood

You are the Alpha and the Omega
My living God of grace
You offer love and mercy
Never leaving us in disgrace

You are the Alpha and the Omega
Your name exalted on high
Yet You humbled Yourself
So Your people would never die

You are the Alpha and the Omega
You promise to make all things new
To take away all sin and death
All that You promise is true

You are the Alpha and the Omega
You owe nothing, yet intend
To bless Your whole creation
From beginning to the end

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”

Revelation 21:1-7 (NIV).

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Psalm 100 – Praise and Thanksgiving

I’ve been in Austin, Texas for the past week visiting family who I haven’t seen in a long time. In honor of the 100+ degree temperatures in Austin, I decided to post Psalm 100 for today. It is a wonderful Psalm praising God for His creation, and I think it is appropriate even when it is hotter than blazes. We should praise God at all times for He alone is able to create something from nothing.

I also think this is an appropriate Psalm for today because I am thankful to God that I was able, along with my sister, to go to visit aunts, cousins, and the next generation of our family.

Psalm 100

A psalm. For giving thanks.

 1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
 2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
   come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God.
   It is he who made us, and we are his;
   we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
   and his courts with praise;
   give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
   his faithfulness continues through all generations.

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Music Monday Extra – Lord of All Creation (God of Wonders)

This is a wonderful video to go with my earlier post. Another song praising our wonderful Creator!

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The Artistry of God

I often wonder how anyone can look at the natural world around them — at the trees and flowers, the grasses of the field, the variety of birds, fish, and animals, the sun, moon, and stars in the sky — and not see God’s artistry. How can someone think that all of this interconnected and complex world happened by random accident? In short, I do not understand atheists.
 
I can understand agnostics, those who believe there is a creator but that they don’t know who He is and don’t know which religion is correct. There is so much information, and misinformation, about various religions that it can be difficult to find God in all of it. Even within the Christian faith there are different views of God, some of which are not in accordance with the scriptures. 

Pasayten Wilderness

But the person who says there is no creator of this world seems to me to simply be illogical and irrational. The Bible tells us, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” Psalm 14:1 and Psalm 53:1. Thinking of this inspired a short story that I wrote for the blog Idylls for the King that I contribute to. It’s called “The Artist.” Even if a person does no know God, to believe that this world has no creator is akin to believing a painting can come into existence without a painter, or a watch without a watchmaker, or a house without a carpenter, an electrician, a plumber, a carpet layer, and many more.

I recently read a comment on a fellow blogger’s post in which the commenter claimed to have been a Christian for many years, and to know all about the Bible and to have read many Christian books. But now, she wrote, she was an atheist. I almost cried when I read this. It seems though she had gained head knowledge of the scriptures over the years she had not gained a heart knowledge of God Himself. And she had forgotten the wonder of the world He created for us to enjoy and care for.

Since this is Music Monday, I have to admit that part of what got me thinking about this whole topic was a song by Revive, whose music I was listening to a lot last week. This song is called “Something Glorious” and is set to some beautiful photographs of our wonderful world in this video.

So how does someone look at something as glorious and beautiful as a sunset, or the rainforest, or a snow-capped mountain in the distance and not see God? I think maybe it is because they focus too much on the evil in this world and can’t see the good just beyond their view. I’ve often heard the argument that if there was a God, there would not be so much violence, famine, sickness, and pain in the world, because a good and all-powerful God would just fix all the problems. But this argument completely discounts the role humans play in taking care of (or failing to take care of) the wonderful gift God has given us.

Imagine you were given a beautiful watch. The watchmaker tells you that you can’t put it under water or it won’t work as well. He also says it needs to be cleaned every year or it will gather dust that will cause it not to work properly or keep good time. You also know that if you don’t want the watch face scratched you have to be careful when you wear it.

Nonetheless, you wear your watch all the time, even in the shower or when you swim. You live an active lifestyle and you are often hitting your watch against tools or other objects. Last month you went skiing with it on, and when you wiped out you hit it against a rock that was protruding from the snow (thank goodness you didn’t hit your head!). You’ve had the watch for five or six years, but you’ve never had it cleaned. When you put it on this morning you noticed how dingy and banged up it looked, and that it had lost quite a bit of time. In fact, it was barely running.

What do you think at this point? Do you blame the watchmaker for how poorly your watch now runs? No, because it was your lack of care for the watch that led to it running poorly. Do you complain that the watchmaker didn’t come knocking at your door every time you abused the watch and fix your mess, or come insist on cleaning it when you didn’t ask him to? No, it’s your watch and it’s in your care, it’s your  responsibility to take care of it and ask the watchmaker to clean it when necessary. Do you decide that there was no watchmaker in the first place? Of course not, that would be foolish.

So why, then, do some people think that what we have done to this earth and what we as humans do to each other is evidence that there is no God? Why do they expect Him to just come fix everything even when they don’t ask Him to, or even believe that He cares or exists? Such attitudes are things I ponder and do not understand.

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Psalm 53 – Foolishness

For today’s Psalm, I’ve posted something in anticipation of my Monday post, which is already written. With the exception of the heading note, Psalm 53 is identical to Psalm 14, which tells me it’s important. God has a habit of repeating the really important stuff. I believe accepting His existence is definitely important stuff.

Psalm 53

    For the director of music. According to mahalath. A maskil of David.

1 The fool says in his heart,
   “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and their ways are vile;
   there is no one who does good.

2 God looks down from heaven
   on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
   any who seek God.
3 Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt;
   there is no one who does good,
   not even one.

 4 Do all these evildoers know nothing?

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The Work of God Is to Believe

This past Sunday our Gospel lesson for the day was from John 6. I love the book of John; it is my favorite of the four Gospels, and possibly my favorite book in the whole Bible. Chapter 6 includes an exchange between Jesus and a crowd of people that I have always found quite interesting. This exchange takes place right after Jesus has fed the 5000 (which was actually more like 15,000 or 20,000 because they only counted the men) with five loaves of bread and two fish, and there were 12 baskets of food leftover afterwards. The people had witnessed quite a miracle first hand and now they wanted to know more so they followed Him to the other side of the Sea of Galilee.

 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”

 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”

 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” John 6:25-29.

I love Jesus’ answer! It is so simple, just believe in Him. That is the work of God that we must do. He will do the rest in us and through us. Wouldn’t you think that upon hearing this great news after having witnessed His miraculous feeding of so many, that the people would have jumped for joy? But instead, they ask for something more.

So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” John 6:30.

They had witnessed a miracle, and many more before that, but still they ask for another miracle. Jesus goes on to tell them that He is the bread of life come down from Heaven. Then a mere 36 verses later many turn and walk away from Him because they find this teaching too hard. “Believe in Me” is all He asked, and it was too hard.

But isn’t that the very teaching that so many find too hard today? People want a way to earn their own salvation. They want to know “what must I do?” They find it too hard to believe that Jesus has already done all that is necessary and their only “work” is to believe that He has done so. Sometimes I think it is a pride thing. As long as salvation is a matter of what I can do myself, then I can take the credit for what I have done. The hardest part about the work of God is that He gets the glory.

Personally, I do jump for joy at the thought that all I need to do to do the work that God requires is believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He did all that was necessary for my salvation. It requires humility and the recognition that I cannot do it myself to do this work, but that’s okay. As the 17th century Baptist preacher Charles H. Spurgeon once wrote:

The lowest station in the Lord’s house is better than the highest position among the godless.  To bear burdens and open doors for the Lord is more honor than to reign among the wicked. Every man has his choice, and this is ours.  God’s worst is better than the devil’s best.

The devil will let you hang onto your pride. It is the best he has to offer. It is his crowning glory and what got him thrown out of heaven when he sought to exalt himself above God. See Isaiah 14:12-15. But every man must choose whether to exalt himself above the Creator of the universe, or humble himself to believe in the One He sent to save us.

I choose to do the work of God and believe in my Savior. I will gladly give Him all glory for my salvation and for all the good that I do by the power of His Holy Spirit. I would rather be nothing and have nothing in the hands of my loving God than be ruler of all the universe with earthly riches beyond measure. I don’t need to see any further miracles than the change He has made in me.

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