Light after darkness.

March 2, 2013

Light after darkness, gain after loss,
Strength after weakness, crown after cross;
Sweet after bitter, hope after fears,
Home after wandering, praise after tears.

Sheaves after sowing, sun after rain,
Sight after mystery, peace after pain;
Joy after sorrow, calm after blast,
Rest after weariness, sweet rest at last.

Near after distant, gleam after gloom,
Love after loneliness, life after tomb;
After long agony, rapture of bliss,
Right was the pathway, leading to this.

(F.R. Havergal, 1826-1879)

Unfailing grace.

March 2, 2013

How sweet the stream, unfailing grace,
That sanctifies my soul.
This steady peace shall never cease
To fill the faithful whole.

So lead me to the banks of life
And let me drink and stay.
And as the deer is panting near
Lord, help me find the way.

What violent waves of timid faith
Sow seeds of doubt and fear.
I call to Christ who takes my hand
He always draws me near.

He leads me to the banks of life
And lets me drink and stay.
And as the deer is panting near
Lord, help me do the same.

Return me to the river deep,
The purest fount I know.
As Glory stands, His gentle hands
Shall never let me go.

(by Enfield)

Crown Him.

December 9, 2012

Crown Him the Son of God before the worlds began,
and ye who tread where he hath trod crown him the Son of Man;
who every grief hath known that wrings the human breast,
and takes and bears them for His own that all in Him may rest.

Risk only life.

December 12, 2011

First heard these lyrics at Hume Lake early in high school, over 10 years ago.  I hadn’t thought about this song in years, but yesterday, a “few good men” at church inspired this song’s reprise.

Do you have the faith to stand?

No, don’t bow down, this is disgrace
Who do you live your life to please?
Risk only life, don’t risk your soul

(Stand by Everybodyduck)

Lyrics: Out of the Depths.

October 25, 2011

Out of the depths, O Lord, I cry to You
When I am tempted to despair
Though I might fail to trust Your promises
You never fail to hear my prayer
And if You judged my sin
I’d never stand again
But I see mercy in Your hands

So more than watchmen for the morning
I will wait for You, my God
When my fears come with no warning
In Your Word I’ll put my trust
When the harvest time is over and I still see no fruit
I will wait, I will wait for You

The secret mysteries belong to You
We only know what You reveal
And all my questions that are unresolved
Don’t change the wisdom of Your will
In every trial and loss
My hope is in the cross
Where Your compassions never fail

(Sovereign Grace Music, 2008)

Soon and very soon.

September 1, 2011

Heard this song for the first time today.  I wanted to cry (maybe as a God-given way of washing away the build-up of worldly cares?) and rejoice at the same time.

Soon and very soon, I will see Him.  That truth makes all the things of Today bearable.  Light.  Fleeting.

Soon and very soon,
my King is coming.
Robed in righteousness
and crowned with love.
When I see Him, I
shall be made like Him.
Soon and very soon.

Soon and very soon,
I’ll be going
to the place He has prepared for me.
There, my sin erased,
my shame forgotten.
Soon and very soon.

I will be with the One I love.
With unveiled face I’ll see.
There, my soul will be satisfied.
Soon and very soon.

Soon and very soon,
see the procession,
the angels, and the elders
’round the throne.
At His feet, I’ll lay my crown, my worship.
Soon and very soon.

Though I have not seen Him,
my heart knows Him well:
Jesus Christ, the Lamb,
the Lord of Heaven.

Soon and very soon.

(Brooke Fraser, 2009)

Couldn’t stand.

August 10, 2011

Lord, save me from this darkest fear.
Don’t let me come home a stranger,
I couldn’t stand to be a stranger.

(Fernando Ortega)