“Less Wasted Time”

8/4/19
Written by: Victor P.

“Less Wasted Time”

Smalltalk is such a bore,
Wasting time with empty words,
Shallow talk from hollow hearts,
Superficial, stuck on the surface.

Want the new, sick of the old,
Want to dig a little deeper now,
Don’t see the point in pretending,
Wasted time trying to save face.

Standing on the side more,
Not quick to conclude things,
Learning to hear and listen better,
Choosing words more carefully.

Not on a pedestal to be seen and
Held up as a great example to follow,
Imperfect like everyone else,
Falling, failing, rising, learning.

Leave the fools to spout their nonsense,
Can’t help but pity them for their emptiness,
But I can still see some of myself in them,
Can’t say I’m wise enough to live as I should yet.

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Sunday Praise (48) 8/4/19

Sunday Praise (48) 8/4/19. by me.

You’ve given us a new day
To live, to grow, to learn.
You’re still worthy of praise
And You always will be, God.

It’s actually quite amazing
How much You love us,
We don’t deserve it, Lord,
But You do it for You are love.

I enter Your holy presence
With a fear You’ve given me,
A reverence, a humble stance,
My sincere but imperfect love.

Lord, there’s still so much
We don’t know even about You,
Your Word reveals enough for us,
Let it live in our hearts and memory.

Nearer and nearer I want to be
To You who knows me completely,
You’ve created me, You’ve saved me
From sin, from Hell, from damnation.

You’ve given me a new heart,
You’ve given me a new life,
I’m born again, You live in me
And Your Holy Spirit indwells me.

Teach me to walk in Your ways,
Teach me to love and to obey You,
Teach me to do more for You,
Teach me to do all for Your glory.

I’m starting to see better why
You deserve all the glory, God.
I’m realizing why we all need You,
I can see we’re nothing without You.

I still fall, stumble, fail and sin so often
But I can come to You, heavenly Father,
Your Spirit convicts me of my sins
And leads me to confess and repent.

Say “Silence!” and every mouth closes,
Come closer and the whole Earth shakes,
Judge all and everyone confesses they’re guilty,
When You come, You bring the end, Lord!

Look upon this dying world
And it starts to melt away
Before Your holiness, Lord,
None can stand against You!

If we’d see more things clearer
We’d realize something important:
You are holy, righteous, perfect, just,
Loving, merciful, compassionate, kind.

We all need holy fear, healthy and rational,
Real reverence and honor and humility,
Break us and remake us, our Maker,
Teacher, teach us to obey You.

You restore us and we are humbled,
You save us and we are Yours, God,
Our hearts will fill with sincere thanksgiving,
We will pour out a sea of praise to You!

I can safely fear You
Before I learn to love You,
Learning more about You,
Learning to know You, God.

Father, I’m a child in need
Of Your grace and mercy
Every day, every moment
Of this life You’ve given me.

Abba, I don’t know how many
Of Your children feel alone now,
How many need Your reminder
That You are always with us.

What a good thing, what an honor,
To know You care about us, love us,
It’s amazing, really, that You do, Lord.
What’s better than knowing You love us?

God, You still find and save the lost,
You still make the broken whole,
You still give new life to so many,
You’re still showing grace and mercy.

Savior, only You’ve touched my heart
And took hold of me when I was lost,
You’ve saved me, I live in Christ now,
I’m led by Your Holy Spirit daily, Lord.

You gave me of Yourself what I needed,
You’ve shown me I’ve always needed You,
You’re the one my soul was always searching for,
You’re the only one who truly satisfies me.

My soul cries out to You for mercy,
My heart desires Your grace daily,
I want to know You better and better,
I’ll never get bored or tired of You, God.

Every true line I’ve ever written about You
Won’t be forgotten even when time stops.
Every word I said or wrote to You
You still remember, You won’t forget.

Nearer, nearer to You I want to be,
Closer, closer to You I need to be.
I know You won’t leave or forsake
Me and all Your children, Father.

God, You’re still wooing me,
You’re calling me to Yourself,
You discipline, reprove, correct,
You’re making me who I should be.

Why do some people hate You?
Why do some say You don’t exist?
Why do so many disobey You?
You are the true and living God!

For the blood that Christ shed,
For the price He paid to save me,
For all He suffered and endured,
I am forever thankful, grateful, God.

There’s still so much I don’t know,
I don’t claim to have all the answers,
Teach me, open my heart and mind,
Let Your Word live in me daily, Lord.

Until the day that I die
I will praise and love You,
Forevermore I am Yours,
Forevermore I’ll be with You.

Sunday Praise (34) 4/28/19

Sunday Praise (34) 4/28/19. by me.

Lord, You are worthy to be praised
By every person in every place,
You’re worthy of all honor and glory,
You deserve to be worshiped by all.

We enter Your presence with thanks
And praise You for what You’ve done,
You humble us with Your Word
And by Your grace amaze us.

We are Your redeemed people,
You have adopted us through Christ,
His death for us bought our ransom,
We are Your children, heavenly Father.

The time of rejoicing continues,
We celebrate Christ’s victory
Over the powers of Hell and Satan,
His victory over the grave and sin.

We want You to come closer to us,
To be nearer to You, Almighty Lord,
Show us a glimpse of Your glory,
Fill us with healthy fear of You, God.

Jesus, we lift up Your holy name
Above all other names always,
There’s none worthy like You are
To be glorified, adored, worshiped.

You gave us a better, new life,
We’re born again, raised with You
From the grave of sin and guilt,
We are Yours now and forever.

We are happy and blessed
Because You’re our Savior,
We believe Your promises,
We trust You, You never lie.

Our hearts are filled with praise,
We lift our voices thanking You,
Your Holy Spirit indwells us,
You live in us, abide with us.

The time is now to rejoice
In Your certain victory, Lord,
In Your is our blessed hope,
In You is our salvation, God.

Help us to fix our eyes on You,
Lead us through this life daily,
We need You every moment,
You sustain us and You love us.

Help us to resist temptation,
Help us run this race of faith,
To remain faithful to You,
Lead us here until we die

You are mighty, strong and holy,
Majestic, wonderful, incomparable,
King of kings and Lord of lords,
Above all forevermore glorified.

Sunday Praise (33) 4/21/19

Sunday Praise (33) 4/21/19. by me.

Lord, blessed be Your name,
You’re worthy of all glory,
Worthy to be praised now
And forevermore, Almighty.

Father, You loved the world so much
That You sent Your only begotten Son
To die for sinners upon the Cross,
To make atonement for our sins.

Christ took our place and died,
He took our punishment on Himself,
The Lamb of God who takes away our sins,
Propitiation, accepted sacrifice, worthy One.

I deserve Hell, damnation, despair,
But You have given me new life,
I’m born again, redeemed, adopted,
Saved by Your grace through faith in Christ.

God, Your message of hope is amazing,
Your Gospel, Lord, is what all people need,
The lost can be found, the condemned can be forgiven,
All because of Christ’s sacrifice, the price He paid.

This day is one of joy and hope and remembrance,
We praise You that You raised Christ from the dead,
He overcame the grave and death and Hell,
The enemy has lost, You’ve won the war.

Almighty, there really is no one like You,
You’re unrivaled, unequaled, incomparable,
Victorious over all who oppose You,
Sovereign God forever reigning over all.

You’re worthy of all honor and praise,
You deserve the best of all we can give,
You deserve all glory and worship,
You are all that You say You are.

King of kings and Lord of lords,
Savior, Master, Great Physician,
Lamb of God and Lion of Judah,
Redeemer, Great High Priest, Mediator.

Now is the time to worship You,
Every day is a gift from You,
Lord, all comes from Your hand,
You provide, protect, bless, sustain.

If it were true as some say
That You didn’t rise from the dead
Then we’re still dead in our sins
And have no everlasting life

But thank You that they’re wrong,
You raised Christ from the dead,
He is risen, alive and victorious,
King of kings and Lord of lords.

You are more amazing than I realize,
I am humbled by Your great love,
Your mercy shows us Your character,
Your holiness brings me to humility.

We understand we know little about You
When we realize You’re not fathomable,
Your understanding is without limit,
Your ways past finding out by our methods.

You will always be alive, O Lord,
You alone are the everlasting God,
You’re true and living, without equal,
There is none like You, God Almighty.

Sunday Praise (32) 4/14/19

Sunday Praise (32) 4/14/19. by me.

I thank You for everything,
You give all that is needed,
You know what’s best for me
And for everyone else, Lord.

The new day is a gift from You,
Like all things from Your hands,
Your mercy and Your grace
Amaze me still, Your love the more.

Hallelujah, be You praised
Now and forevermore, God,
You’re worthy of praise and honor,
Worthy of glory and worship.

You deserve the best we can give,
You deserve our sincere praise,
You deserve our love and obedience,
You’re worthy of it all and ever much more.

This is a day of celebration,
Remembering Your Son’s entry
Into the city of Jerusalem,
Palm Sunday, we will not forget.

God, You sent into this world
Because Your plan of salvation
Required that He die in our place,
Just for unjust, innocent for guilty.

It’s not easy to understand it
And without Your Holy Spirit
Who can make sense of it?
Who can receive Your truth?

Some say it’s nonsense,
Some don’t care about it,
Some half-heartedly believe,
But it’s Your truth, Lord, Your Word.

Thank You for Jesus Christ,
For Your love towards sinners,
For Your mercy and grace,
For Your holiness and justice.

You give us understanding,
You give us our daily bread,
You hear and answer prayers
According to Your nature, God.

Father in heaven, You know us all
Better than we know ourselves,
You provide, protect, strengthen,
You always do what’s good and right.

“The Groaning World”

4/8/19.
Written by: Victor P.

“The Groaning World”

I find it in the time away
From all the routine noise,
The thing I come to cherish –
Time with You, God, I won’t waste it.

The world seems so cold and dark,
The pain and suffering is rampant,
We can’t escape these realities,
We can’t make it through life alone.

Is the world already dying or still groaning?
Are more people aimless, hopeless now?
Fill me with Your Spirit to speak
Truth to the lost, to show them love.

I can’t see another Savior anywhere,
Christ is the only hope sinners can have
To be saved, to be born again, to change
For the better, to be who they should be.

Your light can fill the darkest hearts
Exposing darkness, driving it out,
Illuminating all that is within and around,
You are the true Light in this dark world.

I’m coming to taste and to know
You are loving, faithful, holy,
You are good, merciful, understanding,
You’re more than I’ve imagined.

I get glimpse of Your holiness again
And I am humbled, living and true God,
You show me what I need to see,
You amaze me more each day.

Here, away from the weekday busyness
I find what I want and what You give,
You know I need You, to be with You,
It’s a privilege, an honor, a blessing.

You open my mind to consider
Things I haven’t until now.
God, You’re showing me the urgency
Of sharing Your Gospel with people.

Lord, this world needs You,
Help me and others to show
Love like You’ve shown us,
To do what You’ve called us to do.

Lead daily in Your way,
Help to fix eyes of You,
To stay faithful to You,
To live loving and obeying.

This world is groaning now,
You will return, King of kings,
Creation awaits Your arrival, Lord,
Your Bride is being prepared for You.

Shine Your light upon the world,
Move in us and bring real revival
For Your glory, for peoples’ good,
Only You can, Lord, You’re Sovereign.

Sunday Praise (31) 4/7/19

Sunday Praise (31) 4/7/19. by me.

I thank You, God, for this new day,
I will rejoice and be glad in it,
You’ve given me all that I have,
I praise You for everyhing, Lord.

I thank You for Your love,
For Your mercy and grace,
For Christ and forgiveness,
For salvation, sanctification.

I thank You for the Crossall
On which Jesus Christ died,
For redemption and justification,
For all that You’ve done for us.

Lord, You deserve the best
Of all that I can give and do,
It all comes from Your hands,
I want to praise You with it.

Lord, You’re worthy of all honor
And power and glory and reverence,
Worthy to be worshiped and adored,
Deserving the best everyone can give.

I thank You for Christ’s shed blood,
The suffering He endured for me,
For what it cost to save me from damnation,
For giving me what I don’t deserve.

I want to worship You always, God,
And improve my expression of praise
For You deserve the best I can sincerely give,
My offerings of love, service, obedience.

Lord, I give You my life
As a living sacrifice again,
It’s my reasonable service,
To honor and serve You.

God, I know You always see me
And You sustain me every moment,
My life is in Your hands, Father in Heaven,
I always need You and I always will.

Fill my lips daily with praise,
Fill my heart with thanksgiving,
Strengthen me to do what I must,
Be with me every step of the way.

I look to You, living and true God,
I thank You for all You’ve done,
For all You’re doing and will do,
You always know what’s best for me.

Now and forevermore I am Yours,
Father, I long to be with You wherever You are,
I will trust You, hope in You, love You,
I’ll praise with all that is in me.