Friday, December 13, 2019

Singer of Joy (Penny a Song)



If I had a penny for every song that invades my pondering pages
I’d be a rich man before very long for they flow like a river that rages
Like waves of an ocean they break on my shores 'til a welcome harbor they find
And with them the richest treasures outpour and unfold in my hungering mind

If I had a penny for each song in the night  that has gleamed in my darkened heart
Like a starry host up in heaven so bright to illumine  my soul with their art
And there in the darkness of that lonely place in my heart there is born a romance
If I will but listen my soul will be tuned and the music will  call me to dance

You give me a penny and I’ll cut it loose For a song’s not a song till it’s sung
I can still keep it stored in my heart if I choose to sing with a spiritual tongue
For ev-er-y song that’s receiv-ed affords truest  treasures  that you may not see
The songs form a circle  twixt me and my Lord for He is the songsmith in me

If I had a penny for ev-ery song that sings with the hosts’ harmonies
That treasure could cover up unrighteous wrongs For the Songsmith’s truth shall set us free
His song is an anthem that cancels our fears  and gives a song we can enjoy.
He is the Master of musical spheres for he is the Singer of Joy

Ephesians 5:19; Zephaniah 3:17; Job 38:6-7;
December 13, 2019
Anthony Foster
  



Righteous Sun


The silent night was unlike any other- alone with damned distress
Darkness was oppressive in its fervor-and in that silent night there was no rest.
With only futile thoughts to guide me-all forsaken, fearful, and forlorn
My soul laid bare, no cover there to hide me- face to face with every cause to mourn.

But in that silent night there came a rising
When I cried out what does this weeping mean?
A mercy so severe broke my horizons
When the righteous sun arose with healing wings…

Bridge-
Stars were like the glistening water-Moon was all aglow
Faith was firing up its altar-All its glorious light to show
Something new was born afresh-Where nothing was before
Covering this spiritual flesh-And kindling my core
And oer my sin my lamentation sings-oer my sin my lamentation sings
Oer my sin my lamentation sings-oer my sin my lamentation sings


For in that silent night there came a rising
Against Abba alone are all my sins!
Then mercy so severe broke my horizon
When the righteous sun arose with healing wings

A still small voice became a shout-Trickles became a flood
What came within emerged without-And holy wounds cried blood.
A leaven that was black as coal Washed from eyes that were blind
And cleansing that still fires my soul Then purged my heart and mind

For in that silent night there came a rising
The gifts of real repentance oer me sing
A mercy so severe broke my horizon
When the righteous sun arose with healing wings

December 13, 2019
Anthony Foster

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Valley of Shadows



We all must walk this lonesome road
But You have walked this way before
And you go with me through the woes
And so I’ll not fear death anymore

We all must past through death’s valley
But here in shadowlands we  thrive
Because mere shadows pass away
When you light the path it comes alive

In the valley of shadow Death’s sting abaits
Christ leads the way If we’ll but wait
For we need not go on alone
Through places we have never known
We have a guide to lead us home.

And though the road goes deep and low
Our sovereign sojourner will guide
He knows the path, the snares he knows
And he stores up the tears we’ve cried

Bridge
Though evil may surround me
Temptation won't confound me
With my shepherds arms around me
My keeper will keep
Me in the darkness deep
For His presence will astound me.

In the valley of shadow Death’s sting abaits
Christ leads the way If we’ll but wait
For we need not go on alone
Through places we have never known
We have a guide to lead us home.

Psalm 23
December 8, 2019
Anthony Foster


The Gift of Tears



Lord what I have come to desire Is a most uncommon gift
I pray to be purged by your fire Your Spirit my hard heart to sift
Surface in me the secret place Where I have hid away
Reveal it all by your great grace And sear my soul I pray

Sharp sudden pains of repentance Are what I desire most.
Lord fortify my remembrance For my iniquities are an unholy host
The holiness found in forgiveness,  The sanctifying pain
Are the beginning of true righteousness Where loss becomes real gain.

The gift of tears, the gift of tears
Your fire cleanses as it sears
And if repentance requires suffering
May my mourning become an offering.
I am no greater than my King.

Lord give the gift of repentance My pride, Lord devastate
Let humility become my sentence as You make the crooked straight
The gift of tears is what I need, for mourning is required
Oh Holy Spirit intercede and purge me with Your refiner’s fire

Cleanse me from besetting sin And forgive me Lord,  I pray
Search and try me without, within- Let this be my judgment day.
Against you alone have I sinned And you alone can forgive
Your kindness  is where it begins So by grace through faith I will live.

The gift of tears, the gift of tears
Your fire cleanses as it sears
And if repentance requires suffering
May my mourning become an offering.
Till sackcloth and ashes yield to wings.

2 Corinthians 7:10; John 16:8; Psalm 51:4; Ephesians 2:8-9
December 7, 2019
Anthony Foster




Saturday, December 7, 2019

It Is Accomplished



Tetelestai, tetelestai
It is finished was the cry
Jesus came to us to die
For lost souls like you and I

in full the debt is paid  and propitiation made
Christ perfected Righteousness when the serpents skull was crushed
Divine Justice was satisfied In the moment Jesus died
Atonement in the blood Christ shed For sins remission the lamb bled

Sins were forgiven once for all
The veil was torn,  so fell the wall
Then our redemption was complete
Accomplished at this mercy seat

Tetelestai, tetelestai
It is finished was the cry
Jesus came to us to die
For lost souls like you and I

The savior conquered death When he breathed that final breath
Salvation was secured by the death that Christ endured
For this purpose Jesus came- He destroyed the Devils game
Reconciliation was achieved For those who have believed


Sins were forgiven once for all
The veil was torn,  so fell the wall
Then our redemption was complete

Accomplished at this mercy seat

Tetelestai, tetelestai
It is finished was the cry
Jesus came to us to die
For lost souls like you and I


Tetelestai, tetelestai
It is finished was the cry
Jesus came to us to die

For lost souls like you and I

December 7, 2019
Mark 15:37,  John 19:28 and 19:30
Anthony Foster

Overseer of My Soul


Oh, Overseer of my soul
Watch over me tonight
Guard my heart and still my mind
Secrets remain within your sight
Darkness must flee from your light

Oh, Overseer of my soul
Watch over me today
Like a watchman alert me
To this world’s wicked way
Watch over me I pray

Your eye roves all throughout the earth
For you know what a heart is worth
You seek a man whose heart is yours
To strongly uphold and assure
Oh rest your eye on me while life endures!

Oh Overseer of My soul
My sentry and defense
Oh watchman keep my heart secure
Until my journey ends
For the journey never ends

Oh Overseer of My soul
My end of days you see
Vouchsafe me as I run this race,
As I live the mystery
As I live the mystery

December 7, 2019
Anthony Foster



Monday, November 25, 2019

Our God is King




Our God is King
We have come to worship him today
Our God is King
His will we will obey
Our God is King we will lift holy hands and pray
Our God is King
Of Him we sing
Our life, Our truth, Our way!

Our God is beautiful
His gifts are bountiful
Our God is glorious
Over all victorious
Our sovereign rules and reigns
His perfect Will ordains
Came from His throne above
To incarnate His love

Our God is King
We have come to worship him today
Our God is King
His will we will obey
Our God is King we will lift holy hands and pray
Our God is King
Of Him we sing
Our life, Our truth, Our way!

Our King creation spoke
Death’s heavy chains He broke
Gives life to all that live
He’s faithful to forgive
He sets sins captives free
He judges righteously
He knows our every need
His Word He has decreed

Bridge
Let everything that has breath
Everything that Has breath
Everything that has breath
Praise the Lord!

Our God is King
We have come to worship him today
Our God is King
His will we will obey
Our God is King we will lift holy hands and pray
Our God is King
Of Him we sing
Our life, Our truth, Our way!
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November 25, 2019
Anthony Foster