Sunday Praise (54) 9/15/19

Sunday Praise (54) 9/15/19. by me.

Father in Heaven,
Holy and righteous,
Abba, we all need You,
You are God Almighty.

I am blessed and happy
Because You are my God,
My Savior, Master, Healer,
Redeemer, Deliverer, Creator.

Nearer, my God, to You
I want to be with each new day.
Nearer, my Lord, to You
I need to be with each new day.

God, blessed is Your name
Among the many nations
Where You are known and loved
Served by the poor and rich alike.

I come tp You with praise,
I enter Your presence again,
Even when it’s hard, I know,
I can praise You, pray to You.

I still fall down time and time again,
I stil fail and I still stumble, Father,
You pick me up and help me go,
You walk beside me, You go ahead of me.

I will declare Your praise,
I won’t be silent, Savior,
Here and in eternity
I will worship You, God.

The nations’ gods and goddesses
Are dead and false, all counterfeits,
Worthless idols unworthy of praise,
They’ll all be destroyed, You’re God alone.

I want to be in Your house
All of my days on earth
And then be with You forever,
You are my home, God.

I will praise You, God,
With all of my heart,
Giving You all I can,
It’s what You deserve.

You know everything about me
Nothing is hidden from You, Lord,
My thoughts, my words and actions,
You know it all, completely, Creator.

You will judge the world in righteousness,
None can say You judgment is wrong,
You know the deepest thoughts of all,
Motivations, intentions, all evil and good.

I will bless You in the congregation,
I will bless You with Your children,
I will bless You in the darkest valleys,
I know now You’re all I want and more.

I will praise You, Lord,
You are good, Creator,
Your mercy endures forever
There is no one like You.

You hear me when I call,
You answer my prayers
According to Your wisdom
And Your love, heavenly Father.

I praise You for Your mercy,
Glorify You for Your truth,
Worship You for Your holiness,
You alone are worthy, Lord.

Fill my heart with compassion,
Fill my soul with boldness,
Give me the courage I need
To speak Your truth to people.

You search my heart and see
Everything that’s underneath,
Everything that only You know,
You see all the good and bad in me.

See if I’m not daily walking
On the everlasting way, Lord,
Guide me back to the narrow road,
Keep me close, ever be with me.

I thank You with the righteous
Redeemed by the blood of Christ,
Saved from sin, damnation, Hell,
Saved by grace through faith in Christ.

I will keep praising You here
Until the day I die, I won’t cease
To give You thanks and praise,
Glory, hallelujah, blessed be You.

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Sunday Praise (53) 9/8/19

Sunday Praise (53) 9/8/19. by me.

This is another gift from You,
Lord, You have made it all
For Your glory, to praise You,
To declare Your sovereignty.

The sun rose in the morning,
Shone and warmed in the day,
Set in the west to welcome
The night and the moon.

My soul rejoices in You,
You’re my strength in life,
My Savior and salvation,
My hope and victory.

Life is not meaningless,
You’re the meaning of it,
To glorify You and enjoy You
Forever, Lord, a blessed state.

Negativity comes in life,
Struggles to overcome,
Growth through pain,
All a part of Your plan.

I think about Heaven again
Where we won’t get sick,
We won’t get old or die,
You’ll wipe our tears away.

It seems so far off from now
But life’s shorter than we think
And years go by like a moment
And we reach the day of our death.

I will rejoice in You here
Daily walking by faith,
Seeking Your face
And growing in love.

I’m a pilgrim here, I know,
A stranger, a sojourner,
This world is not my home,
God, You are my home.

I will wait until the day
I’ll see You face to face,
I’ll be amazed and humbled,
I will praise and worship You.

I will finally be home,
I will be with You, Lord,
Eternal life will be
A long-awaited final union.

There is much beauty in the world,
I realize even the simple things
We overlook, take for granted,
They’re Your beautiful creation.

I’ll bless Your holy name
Until the day that I die
And then forever and ever
I’ll praise, worship, glorify You!

My soul will exalt You
Among all the nations,
I will not be ashamed
Of knowing and loving You.

Help us to use our time wisely,
To do all things for Your glory,
To keep Your promises in mind
And live by faith, love, and hope.

I am crucified with Christ,
It’s no longer I who live,
Jesus Christ lives in me;
What an honor and a joy!

I know that blessed is the one
Whose strength is in You, God,
And most blessed is the soul
Saved by Jesus Christ forever.

I am happy that You love me,
You know all my imperfections,
How often I fall, fail, sin, stumble,
You call me to repentance, to change.

Fill my heart with Your love,
Help me to love others
As You love me, Father,
Teach me to love and live.

Every new day is a gift
From Your hand, Creator,
I have taken for granted
Too many things before.

I am always dependent on You,
You sustain me every moment,
I will grow in faith, love, obedience,
Doing Your will, do all to Your glory.

Sunday Praise (52) 9/1/19

Sunday Praise (52) 9/1/19. by me.

You’re worthy, Lord,
To receive all the glory,
In deed and in word
I’ll declare: You’re holy!

You’re worthy of all the praise
I can bring You, God Almighty,
In worship my hands I raise,
Glorify You now and for eternity.

At the Cross I have seen
Your love, Father in Heaven,
No longer who I’ve been,
By You I am saved, forgiven.

I am no longer hollow
You I will daily follow,
You have saved me,
All glory to You be.

I’m no longer a slave to sin,
I’m Your child, I’m a saint,
I am redeemed, born again,
I’m alive in Christ, He’s my life.

I’m a man who stumbles
More often than I realize,
You pick me up when I fall,
You put me on solid ground.

Not to me the glory goes,
You alone are worthy, Lord,
Unto You alone all glory be
For Your truth’s and mercy’s sake.

You are here, Emmanuel,
You are with me always,
I am never truly alone,
Glory to You for this fact.

You do what pleases You,
You do what You want,
You do what is right and true,
Surely, there is none like You.

I will fear You, God,
I will trust in You,
You are my help,
You are my shield.

You bless those who fear You,
Small and great, the obedient,
You give them what they need,
What an honor it is to be blessed.

Great is Your mercy toward us,
Your truth is forever, undying,
You shut many mouths lying,
We exalt our Savior, Christ Jesus.

I will bless Your holy name
Now and forevermore, Lord,
You are the living and true God,
You are mine and I am Yours.

You are gracious and righteous,
You are merciful and loving,
You are holy, just, and true,
You are kind and compassionate.

What can I give You
For all You’ve given me?
Fill my heart with praise,
Sincere thanks and gratitude.

I will walk before Your face
In the land of the living,
Worship You for Your grace
Every day You are giving.

I will bring You sacrifices
Of praise that You deserve,
My lips will exalt Your name,
My heart will rejoice in You.

Lord, shake the heavens and the earth,
Bring down the proud, lift up the humble,
May all fear, serve, obey, love, exalt You,
You are God always and forever, hallelujah.

To love You more and more,
I want to do it daily, sincerely,
Teach me, fill me with Your love,
I will give You what You’ve given.

To Golgotha, to crucifixion
You went to die for sinners,
You’re the way to the Father,
You’re our hope, our Savior.

My life is in Your hand,
None can pluck me from it,
My soul is eternal, it’s Yours,
No better state to be in, Abba.

Those who desire to be free
From sin and guilt and shame
Can find forgiveness at Your feet,
Rest and salvation in Your name.

There’s power in Christ’s blood,
It’s what we all need, so flood
This world with conviction of sin,
Lead them to the Savior, Lord.

Help me to beware false prophets,
Those who twist Your holy Word,
This world’s many liars and fools,
Against them I’ll use Your Sword.

Glory, glory, hallelujah, Lord,
You alone restore my soul,
Healer, You make me whole,
Daily I feed upon Your Word.

Worthy now and forever, Savior,
I will praise You for everything,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Glory to You forever, Amen.

“Enough Retreating, Hiding” Note by me.

“Enough Retreating, Hiding” Note by me.

– Note: this was originally a comment on a Facebook post, I share it here with you all, I hope it serves as food for thought, seeds for action, an encouragement, for the good of people and for the glory of God. –

As the book of Acts shows clearly, our Christian faith isn’t a private matter, it’s not a candle to put under a bucket or confine to our house.
Seeing the boldness of the disciples/apostles should cause us to examine our hearts, priorities, motives, see what fears are hindering our service and growth and love for God and people.
It’s not to feel guilty or useless, but to pray that God will daily fill us with His Holy Spirit and help us conform to Christ’s image, that He’d be greater than all our fears and doubts and uncertainties.
We’ve been retreating for too long, brothers and sisters, we’re the Good Shepherd’s sheep, yes, but we’re also soldiers of Christ called to fight for the faith delivered to us by the saints, the Lord’s Word we’ve believed and in His promises we’ve believed.
We are weak, yes, but our Lord is strong, Omnipotent, His grace is sufficient for us, He not only gives us the strength we need, He is our strength, our hope, our victory. To look elsewhere for all of that is foolish.
The world will say you don’t need to be serious about what you believe, just enjoy this life and don’t worry about finding truth or obeying God.
Don’t listen to the foolishness of the world system, Satan’s minions and the deceived who’d rather see you serve yourself than God.
Don’t retreat, stand with God’s living Word in your heart and your mind renewed daily by it.
Jesus used the Word, it’s the Sword of the Spirit, not just our daily bread, it’s what His disciples have used since the first Church, and it’s what we need now, daily to use God’s Word when the tempter comes, when our flesh is not obedient, when distractions steal our time, when the world sings its siren songs to entice us, attempting to lead us astray, to let our guard down, to wear us down and out.
Let us daily turn to our Father in Heaven, seek His face, be filled with the Holy Spirit, let His truth enter deep into our hearts and minds, so we shine our light before the world and not fear people any longer, but grow in our faith and love and service, know how serious spiritual matters are, know the lost all need to hear God’s Gospel, knowing our life here is shorter than we’d like it to be, and shorter than we realize.
May our Lord and Savior help us all to do these things, by His grace and through His Spirit. He will do all that He has said, He will provide, He is with us, His will be done now and forever.

Sunday Praise (51) 8/25/19

Sunday Praise (51) 8/25/19. by me.

The day has come and gone,
You’ve given it to us as a gift
From Your merciful hand,
You’re a loving heavenly Father.

As we gather may Your Spirit dwell within us,
We are gathered in the name of Jesus Christ,
To declare Your praises in the congregation,
To exalt Your holy name, for You are worthy.

You’re my strength when I’m weak
And You’re the treasure that I seek,
I have come to desire nothing more
Than loving and glorifying You, Lord.

Jesus, Lamb of God, You’re worthy
To be praised by every person,
May all bow down and confess
You are Lord, God, Savior, forever.

Change my heart, o Lord my God,
Make it ever true to You, Master,
May I be like You, doing Your will,
Growing in obedience and love.

Draw me close to You, Abba,
I need to enter Your presence
Humbled and with a sincere heart
Seeking Your face, a child in need.

Father in Heaven, life here isn’t easy,
I get tired, frustrated, discouraged,
I am always in need of You, my God,
You sustain me every moment here.

I haven’t served You all my life,
Too many years I was dead in sin,
A lost soul condemned by unbelief
But now I am alive in Jesus Christ.

You’re all I want, the world hates that,
My flesh wars against my spirit,
I am weak but You are strong, God,
I run to You, You’re my hope and life.

God, You’re all I’ve ever needed
But I haven’t always known it,
I was Your enemy before You saved me,
Now I am Your child forever, Abba.

I’m humbled by Your love for me,
I know that I don’t deserve it at all,
You’re more than I can grasp now,
Who You are amazes me daily.

I’m no longer a slave to sin,
I’m no longer a slave to fear,
Your Holy Spirit lives within,
You are ever here, ever near.

I am ransomed, I’m redeemed
By the blood of Jesus Christ,
I value this above all things,
I am forever Yours, living God.

Your creation is wonderful,
Your beauty is breathtaking,
You’re more wonderful and holy
Than I realize now in this state.

You give me words to write
Praising Your holy name again,
I seek to better worship You,
Strengthen me, heavenly Father.

Help me prepare for Communion,
To partake in that sacrament,
To do it in remembrance of You,
Holy One, Lord of all, my Savior.

The Earth is full of Your glory,
Your works are manifest to all,
None have excuse for unbelief,
All need a Savior, all need You.

I am in awe of who You are,
Every new day I get a glimpse
Of Your glory, Your majesty,
I praise You, living and true God.

Nothing can separate me from Your love,
The world and Satan and flesh will try
But will fail for Your promise is sure,
None will pluck me from Your hand, God.

I’m still learning to love and obey You,
Your grace is sufficient for me,
Your strength is made complete
In my weakness, You’re my strength.

Fill me daily with Your Holy Spirit,
Guide me on the narrow road,
Fill my heart with gratitude,
Fill my lips with thanksgiving.

I will grow in love and faith,
Trusting in You more each day,
Learning from many mistakes,
Living a holy life You call me to live.

I will rejoice in You, my God,
You deserve my whole heart
And soul and mind and life,
You’re my everything forever.

“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.

Chase the wind…

Chase the wind until you realize it’s not worth it,
It’s all vanity of vanities if without meaning,
It’s all emptiness if without purpose,
All is mundane if without mystery.
We want more than the shallow, hollow, superficial,
We need love, faith, hope, peace, truth.