for those troubled, wondering how
to make sense of troubled days,
progress through life’s complex maze.
Wisdom nourishes, gives peace,
love and hope, fulfilment’s feast;
though the way be hard, sustained,
and our hearts and minds re-trained.
Not acceptance thoughtless, blind –
it illuminates the mind,
sharpening our intelligence
so that what we see makes sense.
And Christ’s words are understood,
missing key to all that’s good,
when foundation stone’s in place
path through life and death we trace.
Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares … “How long you simple ones will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge. …whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure without fear of evil.”
Proverbs 1:20, 22, 32
The world was dark, a place of stumbling ground,
the residents for truth fumbled around;
In pity, God, who is all perfect Light
his Son sent to illuminate their sight.
But would they hang upon his every word?
or hang God’s Man from whom they wisdom heard
– rejecting truth, and grace he came to give
prefer in lonely darkness still to live.
Tune: 10 10 10 10 eg ‘‘‘Woodlands’ by W Greatoex, tune of ‘Tell out my soul’’
In the fog all grope and grieve –
needing light that won’t deceive,
truth enlightening muddled mind
shows the pardon we can find.
Born with ease to lie, a skill,
soon improved to trick at will
– what a pointless exercise,
one day grief for all those lies.
Light can hope and goodness build,
prophecies have been fulfilled;
cynicism will not aid,
grasp true hope that will not fade.
Tune: 77 77 eg Buckland (tune of ‘Loving Shepherd of thy sheep)
Implanted in our heart
an awareness of infinity,
of unseen things, eternity
we cannot contemplate completely
but the skill that us constructed
has its image, glimpse imparted
though shaded by conceitedness,
masking unacknowledged ignorance
of such dimensions supernatural,
omniscience and power
beyond our finite sphere,
but a clear direction came
a revelation to explain
from the Ruler of the spirits
to everyone who here inhabits
to lift the shading shadow, show
our place in the eternity
and spiritual prosperity,
felt peace experience with transcendent Judge.
He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:12
Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made … Romans 1:20
As rain comes down on earth
and causes plants to grow,
God’s word accomplishes the things
he’s saying will be so.
Th’eternal God reveals,
declares his mind, decrees:
he spoke – and light and life were born
with supernatural ease.
Christ stood before the tomb,
told Lazarus to come out,
though four days dead, his life returned:
Christ’s call and power don’t doubt.
His gospel promise heard
can open up the mind
to understand, and truth believe,
with power his peace to find.
When Israel groaned as slaves,
God’s promise clear they heard –
he’d rescue them from Egypt’s land:
he then fulfilled his word.
When exiled far away
in Babylon, God said
he’d bring them back in seventy years,
and that is what he did.
He promises to come,
renew this damaged earth;
we know his promises have power
to bring their plans to birth.
Tune: SM eg Franconia by J B König (tune of ‘Blest are the pure in heart’) or Trentham by Robert Jackson or Carlisle by Charles Lockhart (tunes of ‘Breathe on me, breath of God’) or Venice by W Amps (tune of ‘When God begins a work’)
As the rain and snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10,11
For fellowship no longer fit –
see how they tried to hide,
but in that perfect place they now
could not, must not abide.
God spoke – his words were stern, but showed
that he would one day bring
a way of mercy so they could
approach the holy King.
God spoke when Cain, in jealousy
his brother Abel killed;
and when with violent godlessness
and evil, earth was filled,
God spoke to Noah of his grief –
he’d send a world-wide flood,
but told him how to build a vast
safe vessel out of wood.
God spoke to Abram, so that he
might pass the teaching on
to his descendants, who’d expect,
await the Christ to come.
God spoke through prophets to rebuke
unkindness, pride and greed,
and taught them to turn back, and pray
for mercy, grace in need.
God spoke how he would come one day,
to teach, redeem and save,
foretold Messiah’s birth and death,
and then the empty grave.
And so God spoke by his own Son,
the Priest, the living Word
– himself revealing: will his words
be scorned, repressed, ignored?
DCM eg Noel tune of ‘It came upon a midnight clear’
‘In the past God spoke … at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son …” Hebrews 1:1,2
Man, created in God’s image,
knew communion with his Lord:
earth’s Creator and Sustainer
Adam worshipped and adored;
all that he had need to know.
When he sinned he lost this constant
full, rich, fellowship with God:
conscience, vision were corrupted, –
disobedience brought the rod.
mercy needing, –
gracious messages from God.
As he learned of his condition,
Adam heard God speak in grace; –
through the ages God revealed more
how he’d solve this hopeless case.
God chose ways and
timely days and
through his prophets truth made known.
What he told must be remembered –
Words of God for all mankind:
holy writing God protected,
revelation for the blind.
works in mercy,
sight restoring through God’s Word.
Christ, the Saviour, Word incarnate, –
Scripture teaches why he came;
Scripture guides, reproves, corrects us,
for salvation through Christ’s name.
’Til we see him face to face.
Tune: 87 87 47 eg Blaencefn by John Thomas
God of truth, he cannot lie; –
on his Words we can rely, –
necessary, full supply:
Bible, perfect truth.
Satan, father of all lies –
cunning, crafty, clever, tries
by deceit men’s hearts to seize
from God’s words of truth.
Every day we talk a lot.
So much we can speak about!
God considers, – never doubt!
Purify your speech!
Do not gossip, slander, bear
witness false, but speak with care
what is right and true; don’t share
idle words unkind.
Men don’t always want to hear
truth; for truth will interfere
with their lies, but have no fear
truth will be made known.
For my failings I repent,
trust in Christ, with discontent
at my past, pray grace be sent
to help me purge my sin.
He spoke to the needy and lost,
and witnessed whatever the cost,
not harshly to stir into hate, –
but they killed him outside of the gate.
Their system of rules he refused,
– their rules had made many confused;
the Scriptures that God had revealed
beneath human rules were concealed.
True meaning of Scripture they missed,
else they would have welcomed, and kissed
the Son, but they hated his claim,
rejecting his wonderful name.
Tune: 88 88 (anapaestic?)
From right outside this universe,
and this material sphere,
came One, confusion to reverse,
with truth for us to hear,
truth that is true, unchangeable,
from One who knows, reliable.
Life-bringing message to accept
– escape from living death,
his promises he’s always kept
his words are priceless wealth:
for this world isn’t all there is
but Jesus came awhile to this!
to show us what is now amiss,
and how to find the missing bliss.