Friday, December 2, 2022

Unless You Lift Us Up

Oh how the mighty are fallen
The haughty are ever brought low
And that is where you will meet us
Where those whom in humility bow
Lord give us grace when we stumble
Lord give us mercy each day
We are too proud to be humble
Unless you will show us the way

Unless you lift us up we shall surely fall
Unless you give us strength we’d have no strength at all
To you our providence we lift salvations cup
But we could never drink unless you lift us up

Jesus you came down to serve us
Be our wisdom when we doubt
Lord by your power preserve us
The contrite you’ll never cast out
Without you we can do nothing
Even our great feats are loss
Our empty hands fill with power
That comes from the grace of the cross

We cast ourselves headlong on grace
We surrender and you intercede
No one else will plead our case
Your love is what we all need
The Father draws us near
For mercy is found here
Here in this ponderous place
Here in this place of grace
Where you cleanse the corrupt
At the cross where you were lifted up.

Unless you lift us up we shall surely fall
Unless you give us strength we’d have no strength at all
To you our providence we lift salvations cup
But we could never drink unless you lift us up
Lord we shall never stand unless you lift us up.
We would have no life unless you lift us up.

Ps. 116:13;Ezekiel 3:12; Isaiah 40:21; Ps 40:2; Ps 145:14;John 12:32
December 2, 2022
Anthony Foster

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Oh the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus

We were unworthy, unfaithful, untrue
Infidels seeking our own
You came to seek and to save and pursue
Us with love like we had never known

Love that is holy and righteous and pure
Love that will forever be strong and sure
You opened our eyes
Called us to arise
This love never dies it will ever endure

Oh the deep, deep love – this alone will be enough
Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus
Oh the deep deep love  here on earth as in heaven above
Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus

Dead to the truth we were living a lie
Slaves of our selfish desire
You set us free to be all we can be
With passion that burns like a fire

Our hopes and dreams are now bound up in you
You are the light that shines and broke through
You are bone of our bone
We will know as we’re known
As we live move and be in the one who is true

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Christ to you we belong
So we lift up this song
All that for which we long
Never can separate from your love 

Oh the deep, deep love – this alone will be enough
Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus
Oh the deep deep love  here on earth as in heaven above
Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus
Oh the deep, deep love – this alone will be enough
Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus
Oh the deep deep love  here on earth as in heaven above
Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus

November 29, 2022
Anthony Foster







When We Pray


We will rise out of sorrow when we pray
We will  live in thanksgiving when we pray
Surely goodness and mercy follow all our days
We shall walk in the light when we pray

We’ll agree with the Father when we pray 
We will defeat the devil when we pray
Surely goodness and mercy follow all our days
We will rest in our Savior when we pray

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Unless you bear us up we shall surely fall
Unless you give us wings we have no strength at all
When we pray we shall with eyes of faith’s reality
And our hearts will take flight as the truth sets us free

We will lift adoration when we pray
We shall kneel in confession when we pray
Surely goodness and mercy follow all our days
We will ask for provision when we pray

Anthony Foster
Begun January 2002
Found and completed November 26, 2022

 

Overcomer

Lord align my heart with your heart
Remove anything that would keep us apart 
Make my heart tender as I surrender
Open my heart to its innermost part

As true service I seek, forge my affections
Into a heartfelt and humble connection
Take my motives I pray  And renew them today
Powered by your resurrection!

Overcomer you have overcome
It is finished, it is over and done
You accomplished what you came to do
To bear witness to what is True.
And we shall overcome when we trust in You!

To your likeness help us to conform
Renew our minds and we are transformed
Help us stand according to your plan
And from above we shall be reborn.

Overcomer you have overcome
It is finished, it is over and done
You accomplished what you came to do
To bear witness to what is True.
And we shall overcome when we trust in You!

Anthony Foster
Begun January 2002
Found and Completed November 26, 2022

Lift Up Your Heads


Lift up your heads, O you gates; 
Be lifted up, you ancient doors, 
That the King of glory may come in. 
For He shall reign forevermore

Who is this King of glory?  The LORD who is mighty and strong
Who is this King of glory?  His is the victory song!
And the King of Glory shall come in
And the King of Glory shall come in
And the King of Glory shall come in
Soon and very soon He comes!

One day you shall see the Son of Man
Riding the clouds on High
Lift up your heads and stand
For your redemption draweth nigh

Who is this King of glory?  The LORD who is mighty,and strong
Who is this King of glory?  His is the victory song!
And the King of Glory shall come in
And the King of Glory shall come in
And the King of Glory shall come in
And the King of Glory shall come in
Soon and very soon He comes!

To the Hills We will lift up our eyes 
We shelter ‘neath your wing
Now let our hearts arise
And worship our glorious King

Lord, are a shield around me,
You lift my head up high.
Lord you are my glory
Your Name we shall magnify!

Who is this King of glory?  The LORD who is mighty and strong
Who is this King of glory?  His is the victory song!
And the King of Glory shall come in
And the King of Glory shall come in
And the King of Glory shall come in
And the King of Glory shall come in
Soon and very soon He comes!

Ps. 121:1; Ps. 3:3; Ps. 24:7-10; Luke 21:28; Ps. 91:4; Lam 3:41
November 29, 2022
Anthony Foster

 

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Living Proof

We hope in what we do not see
Trading feelings for the true
We reckon Your reality
We trust alone in You

No eye no ear, no heart
Has seen nor heard nor known
The glory which You shall impart
Though now our spirits groan
Let us gaze on what’s to come

The eternal weight of glory
Seems sometimes to be far off
But in our very present reality
Grace will always be enough

No eye no ear, no heart
Has seen nor heard nor known
The glory which You shall impart
Though now our spirits groan
Let us gaze on what’s to come

Adjust my life to the glorious truth
Transform my shortened sight
We trust your dying, living proof
As we walk in Your light

No eye no ear, no heart
Has seen nor heard nor known
The glory which You shall impart
Though now our spirits groan
Let us gaze on what’s to come

Anthony Foster 
November 20, 2022

The Love of Jesus


The love of Jesus will constrain us
Through our most tumultuous test
His love will then sustain us
Through our trials and our stress
Our love for Him may waver
But He holds us ere secure
We shall rest within His favor
In love- beautiful and pure

For we are His and He is ours
Forevermore  to last
He will love in the future
As He’s loved us in the past
He will hold us , ever faithful
For His love’s forever true
What a treasure without measure
Springing forth each day anew

Oh the precious love of Jesus
Spirit help our love return
To the source that holds and frees us
Help us now-  this love to learn
Oh the precious love of Jesus
Our soul’s lover we embrace
There where mercy reigns eternal
Abiding in His love and grace

We can feel it, we can know it
As it flows within , without
As we seek to share and show it
It dispels our fear and doubt
For the holy love of Jesus
Takes us deeper, deeper still
To the state where He will keep us
Fore’er in His perfect will.

For we are His and He is ours
Forevermore  to last
He will love in the future
As He’s loved us in the past
He will hold us , ever faithful
For His love’s forever true
What a treasure without measure
Springing forth each day anew

Anthony Foster November 20,2022

 

Thursday, November 10, 2022

King of Glory

When the Lord Jesus from heaven is revealed
With his mighty angels in their flaming fire
A sword of vengeance in His hand he shall wield
For he is both just as well as justifier.

We will see the glory of the sovereign King
Both in mercy and in justice he shall come
He gives mercy to His living offerings
And sure vengeance on those who reject the Son

We will see His glory and be undone at the sight
Lost in  perfect never ending sinless marveling
We ‘ll attain our destiny of joy in His light
The crucified and risen and returning Glorious King

When the Lord Jesus from heaven is revealed
With his mighty angels in their  flaming fire
When the final judgment scroll shall be unsealed
He Himself shall be our great and true desire

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We shall marvel in such a way that He will be 
Glorified in His saints for all the world to see…
Oh He will attain his glorious destiny
The King of Glory shall return to claim His victory.

Who is this King of Glory?
The Lord of Hosts is His name
Who is this King of Glory?
This One who is from age to age the same!

We will see His glory and be undone at the sight
Lost in  perfect never ending sinless marveling
We ‘ll attain our destiny of joy in His light
The crucified and risen and returning Glorious King

2 Thessalonians 1:7–10
Anthony Foster


Tuesday, October 18, 2022

For the Lord I Waited Patiently


For the Lord I waited patiently
He heard my cry and turned to me
And from the pit of my desire
He lifted me from all life’s mire

And on the Rock He set my feet
He made me stand firm and complete
And in my mouth put a new song
A hymn of praise to God alone

Let all who seek you
Rejoice and be glad in You
Let all who love your salvation
Rejoice and be glad in You
Let all His people be satisfied
The Lord of All be magnified!

Many will see and hear
Many will trust and fear
Many will see and fear 
And put their trust in the Lord!
Many will see and hear
Many will trust and fear
Many will see and fear 
And put their trust in the Lord!

Let all who seek you
Rejoice and be glad in You
Let all who love your salvation
Rejoice and be glad in You
Let all His people be satisfied
The Lord of All be magnified!

Anthony Foster 
January 2002

God Will Provide

 

God will provide, God will provide,
He’ll intercede and be our guide
He’ll meet our needs and take our side
God will provide, God will provide!

God will provide, God will provide,
All we require will be supplied
In Him all our desires are satisfied
God will provide, God will provide!

Sufficiently, so full and free
Jehovah Jireh we shall see
And the deep longing of our soul
Shall be fulfilled when we’re made whole
He declares that  He delights to meet our needs

God will provide, God will provide,
So there is no room to stand in pride
For every good and perfect gift in Him abides
God will provide, God will provide!
God will provide, God will provide!

Anthony Foster
Genesis 22:8
January 2002; Found October 2022

From Age to Age

(a lost song just rediscovered)


As the Father has compassion on His children
So the Lord’s compassion falls on those who fear Him
For He knows how we are formed
That from the  dust we’re born
And He promises His own He will draw near them

And from everlasting to everlasting we are blessed
The Lord’s love is with those who fear His name
With their children’s children dwells His righteousness
For His promise is from age to age the same.
For His promise is from age to age the same.

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Within Your temple, oh God, we meditate,
We ponder on Your unfailing Love
Within these hearts in Your abode we wait
And ponder on your unfailing love.
Like Your Name, oh Lord,
Your praise reaches to the ends
Of the Earth so that you might be blessed
Like Your name oh Lord,
Your right hand is filled with wonder
And the glories of your righteousness!

And from everlasting to everlasting we are blessed
The Lord’s love is with those who fear His name
With their children’s children dwells His righteousness
For His promise is from age to age the same.
For His promise is from age to age the same.

Like Your Name, oh Lord,
Your praise reaches to the ends
Of the Earth so that you might be blessed
Like Your name oh Lord,
Your right hand is filled with wonder
And the glories of your righteousness!

And from everlasting to everlasting we are blessed
The Lord’s love is with those who fear His name
With their children’s children dwells His righteousness
For His promise is from age to age the same.
For His promise is from age to age the same.

January 30, 2002; Found November 26, 2022
Anthony Foster

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Rock of Grace


Jesus is the sure foundation
He is called the Cornerstone
Though this rock was once rejected
We now trust in Him alone

Once stricken, now forgiveness
From this mount of mercy streams 
Oh the mighty Rock of Grace
You are the rock that redeems

Jesus is the Rock of Grace
On this solid rock we stand
As we sojourn in this place
We will not build upon sand

There is a cleft in this Rock
Sanctuary from the deluge  
Come shelter in His shadow
Where the sinner finds refuge

Jesus is the Rock of Grace
On this solid rock we stand
As we sojourn in this place
We will not build upon sand

Anthony Foster
October 5, 2022

 

Hymn of Hope

Hallelujah, Christ is risen
So we all with Him shall rise
All who trust in His salvation
Every sinner who relies
On His once for all atonement 
On His perfect providence
We who cast ourselves on mercy
Shall then stand with confidence

So we shall sing hallelujahs
Hallelujahs to our King
Praise to the Lord eternal
Hallelujahs we now sing!

Our hope is in the Risen Lamb
The Lamb slain for our Sin
Who came to seek and save us
Every hope on Him depends
Those who seek hope and assurance
Find refuge in His embrace
Our redemption and deliverance
Rest upon the Rock of Grace

So we shall sing hallelujahs
Hallelujahs to our King
Praise to the Lord eternal
Hallelujahs we now sing!

Anthony Foster
October 4, 2022


Saturday, October 1, 2022

Romans 8:30-39



If God is for us, who can be against us? 
If God is for us, who can be against us? 
He who did not spare his own Son 
But gave Him up for us all, as an offering
How will he not also with Him 
Graciously give us all things? 

Who shall separate us, separate us from the love of Christ? 
Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or shall famine? 
Shall nakedness, or shall danger, or shall the sword prevail?
No nothing can separate us from the love of God
Nothing shall separate us from the love of God
Which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

If God is for us, who can be against us? 
If God is for us, who can be against us? 
Christ Jesus is the one who died
More than that, who was raised
Who is at the right hand of God, 
He is interceding for us today

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life-nor angels 
Nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come 
Nor height nor depth nor any other created thing
Shall be able to separate us from the love of God
Shall be able to separate us from the love of God
Which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Last verse Integrity Music Scripture song
October 1, 2022
Anthony Foster


Friday, September 30, 2022

Glad in the Glories of God

Lord glorify yourself in us by revealing yourself to our minds
That we may know and understand You as we seek and find
Lord glorify yourself in us by speaking to our hearts
We will rejoice and be glad  in the delight your Word imparts

We are glad in the glories of God
Glad in the glories of God
We will lift our voices 
As our heart rejoices
Glad in the glories of God

Not just by seeing your glory though that would make us blessed
We discern your Spirit in our souls as Your presence you manifest
Be glorified by our  rejoicing as on your holy face we gaze
The glories you reveal to us  astound us and we are amazed

We are glad in the glories of God
Glad in the glories of God
We will lift our voices 
As our heart rejoices
Glad in the glories of God

September 30, 2022
Anthony Foster

Sunday, August 14, 2022

How Long?



How long till the orphan’s cry will no longer be heard?
How long till the widow’s grief will finally be deferred?
How long till God’s justice  like a mighty river  rolls?
How long until righteousness like an endless stream shall flow?

How long oh Lord?
How long oh Lord?

When shall our deliverance come from the presence of sin?
How long till we enter into a peace that never shall end?
How long till there’ll be no suffering and tears are wiped away?
How long till we leave this world and see that glorious day?

How long oh Lord?
How long oh Lord?

How long till we do justly and love mercy?
How long till our haughty hearts walk humbly?

How long till the devil with his demons are cast down?
How long till your kingdom comes and we all cast our crowns?
How long till that glorious day arrives for which we have waited?
When your great redemption will  be fully  consummated 

How long oh Lord?
How long oh Lord?
How long oh Lord?
How long oh Lord?

August 14, 2022
Psalm 13; Ps 94:3; Habakkuk 1:2; Micah 6:8
Anthony Foster

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Thorn in the Flesh

 

I’ve a thorn in the flesh
Troubles come, ever fresh
For my strength never passes the test
This troublesome thorn
From the day I was born
Keeps me down on my face where I’m blessed

The thorn in this case
Is an entry to grace
A gift that presents now as pain
For here in my need
My Lord intercedes
And His presence and power attains

What this life requires I could never afford
For my resources fail constantly 
My limitations do not limit my Lord
Nor the mystery He works in me

The foolishness I nurse
Is disguising a curse
Leaves me undone and my sin confessing
But He forgives my sins
And my heart He will cleanse
For the thorns become  platforms for blessing

So the thorn is a grace
That drives me to embrace
The one who is my righteousness
For in suffering’s revealed 
The wounds that will heal
In my weakness I’ll boast that I’m blessed

What this life requires i could never afford
For my resources fail constantly 
My limitations do not limit my Lord
Nor the mysteries He works in me
By these mercies my heart is refreshed
These Blessed thorns in the flesh...
These Blessed thorns in the flesh...

2 Cor  11:30, 12:9
Anthony Foster
August 1, 2022


Thursday, July 28, 2022

Romans 6

 


Anthony sez, Romans 6 is probably the text in the Bible I return to more often than any other point in Scripture. Every verse is life changing. Maybe you are like me: I constantly have to be reminded of what I already know. I have the following written in the flyleaf of my Bible, all point starting with an "R" to help me remember: By the power of the Holy Spirit, we have to Reckon Reality Rightly, then we have two choices: Reject the Truth or Receive the Truth: If the latter we will be moved to Repent, then Reject Sin's Reign, and Render oneself as a Righteous instrument to GOD. Then we step into the Reconciliation and Restoration found in God's Reality. Then Remember and Recount this truth as we live coram Deo- before the face of God. I am reminded of the words of an old Keith Green song: "I was lost in a fantasy that blinded me- until your love broke through." Remember: God gets to define reality, not man.... Here is a verse that turned in to song that I wrote in 2003-

Holy Sacrifice


Reckon the realities

Of all of our God’s mercies

Then reject the reign of sin

And the lies that draw you in

Render to the Lord instead

Body, soul, and heart and head

As instruments of righteousness

Presented to Him as you confess


Offer a living sacrifice

Pleasing now to God in Christ

This is worship that makes sense

A spiritual act as evidence

Not to the world to be conformed

Renew your mind and be transformed.

Then you will yourself be the proof

Of His mercies and His Truth

Good and pleasing, perfect too

Is the plan He has for you.


Romans 6:11-13, 12:1-2

Anthony Foster January 25, 2003