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My Final Breath – A Triolet

I’ll sing a song of grace and love
I’ll praise You with my final breath
Lift my voice to Heaven above
I’ll sing a song of grace and love

Your majesty I stand in awe of
You saved my soul from certain death
I’ll sing a song of grace and love
I’ll praise You with my final breath

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Before the Throne – A Poem

This morning as I was listening to music on my iPod the song Trust in Jesus came on and I started to think about standing before God’s judgment throne. Paul confirmed what is written all throughout the Old Testament, that everyone, even Christians, will face God’s judgment.

For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.
It is written:

“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will confess to God.’”

So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.
Romans 14:11-12 (NIV).

It occurred to me that as much as I appreciate what Jesus has done for me now, it will only be as I face the judgment throne of God that I will be able to fully appreciate the magnitude of His grace. Just as Solomon did, “I thought in my heart, ‘God will bring to judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed.’” Ecclesiastes 3:17 (NIV). Perhaps it is to fulfill His promise to bring us great joy and blessing that God will reveal, at the end of our days, how much He truly loves us. Only by revealing our great need for His redemption can He make us understand.

Before the Throne

I stand before the throne of God
He opens His book to my list of sins
His messenger begins to read
my transgressions, one by one

In my mind I begin to prepare
my defense, my justification for each sin
I think I am ready to answer
to show that I deserve mercy

The list goes on and on and on
Will it ever end?
My justifications begin to fade
My heart grows weak with shame

How can I stand before His throne
the judgment throne of the Almighty
I tremble in fear of His wrath, His righteous judgment
I know it will destroy me, I cannot stand

I fall to my knees before His throne

I bow my head knowing His judgment is true
Realizing I have no defense
I have broken every commandment, every law
without a single justification

Suddenly before the throne
between me and God’s final judgment
Stands the One who came to save me
His mercy and grace pour over me

I remember with great joy
that while I was yet a sinner
He loved me, He redeemed my soul
I trusted in Him and He is faithful to forgive

Before the throne of judgment and grace
I lift my voice in praise and adoration
Finally understanding completely
What His great love has accomplished

1/8/13: Shared this for Open Link Night at dVerse Poets Pub today.

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The Music of the Psalms

I love when contemporary Christian artists put the words of a Psalm to music. Many of them were, after all, written as songs. Then when I am reading through a Psalm I can hear it sung in my head and the words of promise and praise rest more firmly in my heart. This happened the other day when I was reading the second half of Psalm 119 and I could hear Jeremy Camp singing Revive Me from his album Carried Me: The Worship Project. I decided I wanted to share it today. I hope it blesses your soul as much as it does mine.

 

Psalm 119 (NKJV) (with lyrics italicized)

153 Consider my affliction and deliver me,

For I do not forget Your law.

154 Plead my cause and redeem me;

Revive me according to Your word.

155 Salvation is far from the wicked

For they do not seek Your statutes.

156 Great are Your tender mercies, O Lord;

Revive me according to Your judgments.

157 Many are my persecutors and my enemies,

Yet I do not turn from Your testimonies.

158 I see the treacherous, and am disgusted,

Because they do not keep Your word.

159 Consider how I love Your precepts;

Revive me, O Lord, according to Your lovingkindness.

160 The entirety of Your word is truth,

And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.

 

161 Princes persecute me without a cause,

But my heart stands in awe of Your word.

162 I rejoice at Your word

As one who finds great treasure.

163 I hate and abhor lying,

But I love Your law.

164 Seven times a day I praise You,

Because of Your righteous judgments.

165 Great peace have those who love Your law,

And nothing causes them to stumble.

166 Lord, I hope for Your salvation,

And I do Your commandments.

167 My soul keeps Your testimonies,

And I love them exceedingly.

168 I keep Your precepts and Your testimonies,

For all my ways are before You.

 

169 Let my cry come before You, O Lord;

Give me understanding according to Your word.

170 Let my supplication come before You;

Deliver me according to Your word

171 My lips shall utter praise,

For You teach me Your statutes.

172 My tongue shall speak of Your word,

For all Your commandments are righteousness.

173 Let Your hand become my help,

For I have chosen Your precepts.

174 I long for Your salvation, O Lord,

And Your law is my delight.

175 Let my soul live, and it shall praise You;

And let Your judgments help me.

176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep;

Seek Your servant,

For I do not forget Your commandments.

 

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I Will Praise You – A Psalm

I was reading Psalm 111 this morning which says, “I will praise You with my whole heart.” I was inspired to write this psalm of praise.

I Will Praise You

I will praise You with my broken heart
In Your goodness and mercy You heal me
I will praise You in the raging storm
Your mighty right hand will calm the winds

I will praise You when the flowers bloom
Their beauty a witness of Your glory
I will praise You while the sun shines bright
Pointing to You as my eternal Light

The works of Your creation testify
You alone are worthy of praise

Created in Your image we have the power
to create, but only from what You
have already made

Guide us, O Lord, to use our creative power
for good and not for evil
that the whole earth would glorify You in praise

I will praise You
Praise the Lord

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Psalm for My Savior – A Pantoum

The other day I wrote a triolet and my dear blogging friend Deb, of Deb’s Blog, commented that it was very Psalm-like. It got me thinking about writing another triolet inspired by my favorite Psalm 116. But when I started writing I realized the triolet wasn’t really long enough to adequately express the subject of the Psalm-like poem I had in mind. Then I thought of the pantoum form, another of my favorites. Like the triolet, the pantoum has a set pattern of repeated lines. Both forms work wonderfully for Christian poetry. I hope you are blessed by this pantoum.

Psalm for My Savior

For you, O Lord, have delivered my soul from death
The anguish of death and darkness entangled me
I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, save me!”
Praise my God, my Savior who came to my rescue

The anguish of death and darkness entangled me
My eyes filled with tears, my feet stumbled under me
Praise my God, my Savior who came to my rescue
Rescued me from my trouble, sorrow, and darkness deep

My eyes filled with tears, my feet stumbled under me
The Lord, my God, heard my cry for love and mercy
Rescued me from my trouble, sorrow, and darkness deep
Now I know His grace and mercy are mine to keep

The Lord, my God, heard my cry for love and mercy
He saw the anguished turmoil of my broken soul
Now I know His grace and mercy are mine to keep
I will forever praise His glorious name, Jesus

He saw the anguished turmoil of my broken soul
I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, save me!”
I will forever praise His glorious name, Jesus
For you, O Lord, have delivered my soul from death

This Psalm was my offering over at dVerse Poets Pub Open Link Night #47. Head over and check out some other great poetry.

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Thank Offering – A Triolet

Yesterday I was trying to decide what to write for my Thankful Thursday poem and couldn’t seem to think of anything. It’s not that I’m not thankful – on the contrary, I’m feeling quite thankful about many things. The Lord has blessed me in so many ways. Then I thought of just writing a triolet of praise to God.

Thank Offering

A thank offering of praise to our Lord
Rises from the lips of His beloved
I am His beloved, you are His love
A thank offering of praise to our Lord

Holy Spirit soaring high as a dove
Lifted up on praises offered above
A thank offering of praise to our Lord
Rises from the lips of His beloved

Then Hezekiah said, “You have now dedicated yourselves to the LORD. Come and bring sacrifices and thank offerings to the temple of the LORD.” So the assembly brought sacrifices and thank offerings, and all whose hearts were willing brought burnt offerings. 2 Chronicles 29:31 (NIV).

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Psalm 75 – Remembering Who Deserves Thanks

Between Zechariah and Esther my Bible-in-a-year schedule has a few days of Psalms to read. I am very happy about this because I love the Psalms. On my schedule yesterday were Psalms 74, 75, and 76.

I decided to post Psalm 75 for today. It is a beautiful Psalm that reminds me who deserves our thanks for all the blessings in our lives. It is the Lord who will ultimately mete out justice to the proud and wicked who deserve it. It is also the Lord who will impart His great mercy on the humble who trust in Him and sing His praises.

Psalm 75

For the choir director: A psalm of Asaph. A song to be sung to the tune “Do Not Destroy!”

 1 We thank you, O God!
      We give thanks because you are near.
      People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds.

 2 God says, “At the time I have planned,
      I will bring justice against the wicked.
 3 When the earth quakes and its people live in turmoil,
      I am the one who keeps its foundations firm.
                         Interlude

 4 “I warned the proud, ‘Stop your boasting!’
      I told the wicked, ‘Don’t raise your fists!
 5 Don’t raise your fists in defiance at the heavens
      or speak with such arrogance.’”
 6 For no one on earth—from east or west,
      or even from the wilderness—
      should raise a defiant fist.
 7 It is God alone who judges;
      he decides who will rise and who will fall.
 8 For the Lord holds a cup in his hand
      that is full of foaming wine mixed with spices.
   He pours out the wine in judgment,
      and all the wicked must drink it,
      draining it to the dregs.

 9 But as for me, I will always proclaim what God has done;
      I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
 10 For God says, “I will break the strength of the wicked,
      but I will increase the power of the godly.”

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Psalm 124 – If God Was Not on Our Side

The date today is 12/4, so I decided to post Psalm 124. It is a wonderful Psalm that reminds us that we would be completely lost if the Lord had not been on our side.

He was on our side when He entered Mary’s womb. He was on our side when He was born in a lowly manger, helpless and cold.

He was on our side when He spent 40 days in the wilderness and was tempted by Satan. He was on our side when He resisted that temptation and made a way for us to do so, too.

He was on our side when He was baptized in the Jordan by John. He was on our side as He walked with His disciples and taught them what they needed to pass on to future generations about us.

He was on our side when He did not condemn the woman caught in adultery, but told her to leave her life of sin. He was on our side when He gave sight to the blind, made the lame walk, and fed the hungry.

He was on our side when He condemned the Pharisees for their legalism that kept the people in darkness.

He was on our side when He hung on the cross wearing a crown of thorns, His side pierced with a spear. He was on our side when He took all our sin upon Himself.

He was on our side when He rose again from the dead. He is on our side even now as He sits at the right hand of the Father.

Praise be to God that He has been and always will be on our side!

Psalm 124

    A song of ascents. Of David.

 1 If the LORD had not been on our side—
   let Israel say—
2 if the LORD had not been on our side
   when men attacked us,
3 when their anger flared against us,
   they would have swallowed us alive;
4 the flood would have engulfed us,
   the torrent would have swept over us,
5 the raging waters
   would have swept us away.

 6 Praise be to the LORD,
   who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
7 We have escaped like a bird
   out of the fowler’s snare;
the snare has been broken,
   and we have escaped.
8 Our help is in the name of the LORD,
   the Maker of heaven and earth.

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Psalm 21 – Praise to the Lord for Victory

I seem to have used up my creativity in poetry this week and couldn’t think of a clever way to choose a Psalm, so again I’m just going in order of the next Psalm that I’ve never posted before. And that is Psalm 21. This is an awesome Psalm of David in praise for the blessings and victory He has granted to David as King. But it works as a prayer of praise for all believers. As verse 4 says, we have asked the Lord for life, and He has given it to us. Verse 6 reminds us that He has granted “eternal blessings” and that we can rejoice in being able to enjoy His presence in our lives.

Sometimes Psalm passages like verses 8-12 are hard to comprehend, because we don’t like to think of God as being angry and consuming people with fire. But when we remember that God knows the heart of every man and that this fate is reserved for His enemies, those who plot evil, then such passages are easier to understand and even bring comfort as they did to David.

Psalm 21

    For the director of music. A psalm of David.

 1 O LORD, the king rejoices in your strength.
   How great is his joy in the victories you give!
2 You have granted him the desire of his heart
   and have not withheld the request of his lips.
                         Selah

3 You welcomed him with rich blessings
   and placed a crown of pure gold on his head.
4 He asked you for life, and you gave it to him—
   length of days, for ever and ever.
5 Through the victories you gave, his glory is great;
   you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty.
6 Surely you have granted him eternal blessings
   and made him glad with the joy of your presence.
7 For the king trusts in the LORD;
   through the unfailing love of the Most High
   he will not be shaken.

 8 Your hand will lay hold on all your enemies;
   your right hand will seize your foes.
9 At the time of your appearing
   you will make them like a fiery furnace.
In his wrath the LORD will swallow them up,
   and his fire will consume them.
10 You will destroy their descendants from the earth,
   their posterity from mankind.
11 Though they plot evil against you
   and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed;
12 for you will make them turn their backs
   when you aim at them with drawn bow.

 13 Be exalted, O LORD, in your strength;
   we will sing and praise your might.

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A Prayer of Praise

For the past few days instead of writing today’s post in my head I’ve been writing another post in my head. That other post is dated January 1, 2012. It’s the date on which I will have, God willing, successfully completed my pledge to post-a-day in 2011. The reason this post has been floating around in my head is because I have been quite busy lately and have had a hard time keeping up with posting every single day, especially since I generally schedule posts ahead of time to go live at 8:00 a.m. each morning. Obviously, I did not accomplish that today.

As I kneeled to pray this morning, feeling weary and out-of-sorts because I hadn’t posted today, an idea for today’s post came to me. But I didn’t have time to actually put it together until after getting home from work. It’s not much of an idea, but it’s what God gave me, so it’s what I’m going with today.

I just want to share how I start my prayers each morning, and that is with thanksgiving and praise. The first few lines, sometimes more, of my prayer always go something like this:

Heavenly Father, I praise You and worship You. I love You with all my heart. You are the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the Almighty. You are the Creator of all that is, both seen and unseen. I am nothing without You, I am but dust, and even the dust I am formed of would not exist if not for You. I have not words sufficient to describe You, and yet I offer what I have. You are merciful and forgiving, and I praise You for Your compassion and love for me. I thank You, Lord Jesus, for Your willing sacrifice on the cross to redeem me, to pay the ransom I could not pay. I thank You for Your Holy Spirit to guide me and give me strength and courage.

It is only after this introductory language of praise that I move into prayers of thanksgiving for specific blessings or answers to prayer, and then onto prayers for others and my own needs. On mornings when I am rushed, this introduction may be all I get to, followed by a brief “You know the people and the concerns that are on my heart, and I thank You in advance to the answers to those prayers.”

But the introductory praise is essential to my prayer life. It’s not that God is not aware of these things, or that He doesn’t know that I am aware of these things. The prayers of praise are really for me, to put me in a correct frame of mind and attitude for the remainder of my prayer time and for my whole day.

If you do not currently include such langauge of praise in your prayer time, I encourage you to borrow my prayer. Or develop your own prayer of praise to begin your daily prayers. Try it for just a week and see how it changes the rest of the day. It’s a habit worth cultivating.

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