Superb, and sympathetic

On Psalm 113
We praise the God transcendent
who dwells beyond, so high
above the stars, resplendent,
but notices a sigh.

In every place his greatness
with awe and praise proclaim;
tell always that his goodness,
delights to save from shame.

He cares for those lost, helpless,
who feel their desperate need,
hungry for grace, and fruitless,
those longing to be freed.

This could not be invented
– One infinitely great
who’s willing and committed
to be compassionate.

He must be disappointed
at folly, mess and sin,
and yet Christ was anointed
redemption full to bring.

We serve our saving Saviour,
we worship him who served,
we’ll soon be where for ever
contentment full’s reserved.

Tune: 76 76 D eg Morning Light (tune of ‘Stand up, Stand up for Jesus’)

Ten Days after the Ascension

With signs of power, of wind and flame,
the promised Holy Spirit came.
Jesus had promised when he left
he would not leave them weak, bereft.

His Spirit would empower, so they
could tell of pardon, teach the Way
of reconciliation, peace
– the cross of Christ had brought release.

By miracle, upon that day
from all the world, they heard them say
in all their languages, that now
the whole wide world God’s grace could know.

Tune: LM eg Church Triumphant, tune of ‘The Lord is King’

 

The crux of all time

This all occurred –
as man on earth
God brought true Word
and died our death
–  the fine he paid
that we had earned
on him was laid.
He then returned
and showed the debt
had been wiped clean
– come, bow, and let
him rule, redeem.

88 88 88    eg’On Christmas night all Christians sing’

Resurrection?

Jesus was beaten, crucified –
the soldiers checked he’d really died
with spear thrust deep into his side:
some try to say he this survived,
and in the tomb awoke, unwound,
th’anointed cloths removed that bound,
escaped the guard, removed the rock,
and somehow staggered, scheming, back?!
    Such thoughts do not make any sense,
    the implications are immense:
    It was the powerful living Lord
    who rose with energising Word.

Some say they all mistook the tomb,
or someone moved, by means unknown
the corpse – removed and never found.
His followers, friends were beaten, bound
for saying he’s alive to save
– for lies would they have been so brave?
They were not charged with body-theft;
no longer mourning, sad, bereft.
Men, women changed by joyful news
    they can’t deny, though crowds abuse.
    The evidence makes legal sense,
    the implications are immense.

Recorded clear accounts we have
of, after days within the grave
some met him live upon the third –
for forty days he then appeared,
and often unexpectedly,
once with five hundred there to see,
and sent them out this to proclaim
– ‘repent, Christ saves, and soon will reign’.
    Men, women changed by joyful news
    they can’t deny, though crowds abuse.
    The evidence makes legal sense,
    the implications are immense.

Tune:  DLM+ ‘Ye banks and braes’, but repeat the last 4 lines of the tune

Out of the overflow of the heart …

… the mouth speaks*

Life flows from the heart,
guiding lips and eyes –
do they help you do things
that are good and wise?

Purify your heart,
guard it well each day,
let it cleanse your lips, be
kind in what you say.

Take it to the fount,
cleansed by water, blood.
God can wash it clean, and
give delight in good.
*Mathew 12:34

Proverbs 4:20-27

 

Tune: This is 55. 55. but can be sung to Gott ein Vater by F Silcher arr W Tschirsch which is 55 65

God’s law and gift

The prophets and the law
were teaching long before
about true holiness,
salvation from sin’s mess
– much needed grace that God will bring:
accept and honour Christ the King.

How deep the love of God
within the Trinity:
the Father loves his Son
so deeply, and yet he
sent him to earth to teach and save:
listen! receive the gift he gave!

Tune: 66 66 88 eg Gopsal, tune of ‘Rejoice! the Lord is King’

‘Every eye shall see him’*

We’re waiting for his coming,
we do not know the hour
– it may seem he’s delaying,
but soon he’ll come with power
– he’s patiently time given us
to pray, anticipate
the Landlord is returning:
repent, be ready, wait.

Tune: 76 76 D eg Cruger (Hail to the Lord’s anointed) or Passion Chorale (O Sacred Head sore wounded)

‘He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.’
Hebrews 9:28

* Revelation 1:7

Wanting things heavenly

Wanting life heavenly, feeling it hell,
stress and frustration – nothing goes well:
take short vacation, leave hurt behind,
new sights and feasting – brief pleasure find.

Jesus brings heaven to those who seek him,
and who will break with selfishness, sin;
soon there’ll be fullness, and even now,
heavenly foretaste here we can know.

Do others see it shown in the love
of those receiving grace from above?
wonderful life that Jesus can give
– may more be longing with him to live.

54 54 D eg Thine own way, Lord

Gifts Unvalued

Gifts “exchanged” and gifts “expected”,
grudging giving – price inspected:
some thus hope to buy esteem,
which they later can redeem;
some just want to give a token
as a sign of love unspoken.

God is not obliged to gifting
those forgetting him and drifting,
and we can’t placate, persuade
by a few good deeds displayed;
previous gifts have lain unused
or discarded, mocked, abused.

If we value love so great,
sense our very needy state,
long to live with souls repaired,
fellowship, much anguish spared,
then for ever with him live –
oh, receive what he can give!

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Tune: 77 77 77 eg England’s Lane, tune of ‘For the beauty of the earth’, or Dix, tune of ‘As with gladness men of old did the guiding star behold’