April 21, 2012

Blessed In Him Alone

When all my riches I count as loss
When all my righteousness appears as loss
Happy am I

When all my tears an ocean cannot hold
When all my years have seen evil grow old
Happy am I

When all my might from using I forbear
When all my fight is gently to give care
Happy am I

When all my streams run dry and my fields are waste
When all my dreams are that to goodness I’d haste
Happy am I

When all my linens shine as bleached white
When all my sins appear out of sight
Happy am I

When all my kinsmen no longer file towards war
When all my interests are to reconcile more
Happy am I

When all my life is toil and pain
When all my loss in Christ is gain
Happy am I

For in Him alone a kingdom is mine
For in Him alone my tears will be dried
For in Him alone the earth is my treasure
For in Him alone righteousness is pleasure
For in Him alone I’ll stand forgiven and sing
For in Him alone my eyes will behold the king
For in Him alone I’m given a heavenly name
For in Him alone a life lost is a kingdom gained

April 8, 2012

This Morning Everything Has Changed

This Morning Everything Has Changed
Our life is swallowed up by death.
Light is overwhelmed by darkness.
Hope is faded with his last breath.
Only fear remains for us to hearken.

We thought he would set us free.
For ever since the dreaded curse,
There's promised in him victory.
Yet darkness - nothing's been reversed.

Where is the hope that was foretold,
Promised to us in days of old?
Where is the joy that might have been?
It's been consumed by a world of sin.

Death has won, we're all estranged,
God forsaken, it's gloom and doom.
But this morning...everything has changed -
The stone's rolled back. There's an empty tomb.

April 3, 2012

Psalm 38

Your judgments are just, O LORD, but I plead mercy.
Your discipline is fair, for of you I’m not worthy.
My flesh fades away, in the face of your displeasure.
My flesh fades away, having made the world my treasure.

Like the crashing waves of a squall, overtaking the helm,
So the burdens of my sins do greatly overwhelm.
The rottenness of my heart manifests itself in plain sight.
My foolishness has brought me low, and to mourning day and night.

My tumult of heart and groaning of soul, feeble and crushed.
On the inside and out, all around my body is flushed.
O Lord, from my deep distress you have not hid your face,
Even when my body is failing and darkness seems to haste.

The rest have forsaken, friend and brother flee my place.
Enemies entrap me, speaking words of disgrace.
But you, O LORD, are faithful and answer when I call.
Keep quiet those who would rejoice, and mock when I fall.

Though I tower on the edge and my anguish engulfs me,
I repent of my sin, and confess my iniquity.
My enemies for good do wrong, and are mighty and hateful.
Be near, my God, for your timely salvation I am grateful.