Friday, July 24, 2015

Joy Comes in the Morning - (Daily Grief - Part 3)

Psalm 30:5
"For His anger endureth but for a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."

I believe this verse emphasizes brevity. It is written in both a pattern and words that emphasizes this with one exception. That exception lies in the phrase, "favor is life." This means that His favor to those that are His is for a lifetime - forever. His chastisement is over quickly, our grief only for a night, but after this - there is joy for eternity.

Look at the verse in light of your present circumstance. Perhaps you have had sin struggles and have been chastised or have asked for forgiveness from Him. That anger of His at your sin was only momentary in comparison to the love He has for you. The weeping and grief you now experience over perhaps your sin, unfulfilled expectations, or loss is also only momentary in light of the joy that you will have forever "in the morning" when He comes and relieves of you of your earthly weight.

II Corinthians 4:16-17 reminds us of this as well - specifically verse 17, "For our light affliction, which is just for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory."

Thursday, July 23, 2015

If it Brings You Glory

If it brings You glory - let it be so.
If change in life would honor You
Please answer with a "go."
Your wisdom - my heart's prayer,
Your glory-gain may mean my pain.
My desires may have to change.
Only eternity will show-
If it brings You glory - let it be so.

If it brings You glory - it is good.
Though my fears rage in Your face
My grief like a chisel on wood.
Hopes dashed but held by grace
Your mercy waiting for my prayer.
Boldly I come to you -
Your throne filled with my tears
If it brings You glory - it is good.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Risen with Christ - from Colossians 3

Risen in Him, a new life to claim
Dying to things that bring earthly gain.
A new mind, a new heart, hidden in Him.
Failing to follow Him - only we are to blame.

Christ is my life, my heart yearns for Him.
Dying to self, until my eyes dim.
This is my mission, as long as I live-
Bring Him glory, His gospel to give.

Forebearing, forgiving- just as Christ did.
Loving and letting- peace rule my mind.
Singing and praising with His indwelling Word-
With all that my life and breath may give.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

A Call for Hope

Hear the call - a call for hope
Sure and steadfast.
Never fading- always firm
A hope that lasts.

Even in the midst of attack-
Hope from your Savior.
When satan would sift you
And tempt you to wane-
The Savior is with you
Your faith in His name.

Hope in your Savior eternal-
The cure from all ills.
Never another like Him
Will hold your hand-
Catching you when you would fall.
Your light when life grows dim.

At the heart of hope is Him.
His name your refuge strong.
Never give in-trusting in Him
Only eternally you belong.