Monday, September 21, 2020

Kyrie Eleison, Christe Eleison



Lord have mercy, have mercy on me
Lord have mercy, have mercy on me
According to your unfailing kindness
Shed your glory and heal my blindness
Show your light, show your light
Show your light to me

Kyrie Eleison, Christe Eleison

Lord have mercy, have mercy on me
Lord have mercy, have mercy on me
Open my heart-eyes that I might see
Each morning a new mercy’s mystery
Give me sight, make me right
Show your light to me

Kyrie Eleison, Christe Eleison

Lord have mercy, have mercy on me
Lord have mercy, have mercy on me
To my doubting heart bring relief
I believe, yet help my unbelief
Help me fight this blessed fight
Have mercy Lord on me

Kyrie Eleison, Christe Eleison

Anthony Foster
September 21, 2020

Friday, September 18, 2020

Tell it to the Lord



What a Friend we have in Jesus,
  All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
  Everything to God in prayer!
Can we find a friend so faithful
  Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness,
  Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Jesus knows our every need
Before the throne He’ll intercede
Lift up all your tears and fear
He will answer and draw near.
He is such a friend
Faithful to the end
Tell it to the Lord And He will hear.

Have we trials and temptations?
  Is there trouble anywhere?
Saint, whenever you're discouraged,
  Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Are we weak and heavy-laden,
  Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
  Take it to the Lord in prayer;

Jesus knows our every need
Before the throne He’ll intercede
Lift up all your tears and fear
He will answer and draw near.
He is such a friend
Faithful to the end
Tell it to the Lord And He will hear.

Original lyrics-Joseph Scriven
Chorus and music-Anthony Foster
September  18, 2020

 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

God Stories



Our Life is a story God writes day by day-(Phil 1:6)
A journal of joy and a drama display'd (Jer. 27-28, Luke 22:17-19)
He creates a canvas and on it He paints (Prov 7:3)
A perplexing picture of sinners made saints (1 Cor. 1:28, Romans 5-6)

We are living letters that tell of God's grace (2 Cor 3:2-3)
He speaks in and out and through all of our days (Col 3:16, Acts 17:28)
He molds us and makes us a true masterpiece (Job10:9, Phil 2:12))
A masterwork made for His glory's increase. (Eph 2:10)

The story's no fable, just let it unfold (1 Tim 4:7)
For a story's no story unless it is told (Psalm 26:7)
For ears long to hear, eyes are longing to see (Romans 10:14)
The mystery revealed in you and in me (Col. 1:26-27)

A song made of melodies born in the night (Job 35:10, Zephaniah 3:17)
A poem made of rhymes only Jesus can write (Eph 2:10 -poiema)
Words engraved on hearts purified and made new (Jer. 31:33, 2 Cor 3:3b)
The story ne'er ends and the story is true. (Ro 5:21)

Transformed by His anvil (Jer. 23:29, Ro. 9:20) and shaped on His wheel(Is. 64:8)
A tapestry woven His tale to reveal (Mark 15:38 et. al.)
Expressions constructed for Him to indwell (Col 3:16, 2 Cor 6:16)
A story that only a Savior can tell. (Jeremiah 29:11)

So now let the storytelling never cease (Psalm 145:2)
We must not be silent- must not keep our peace (2 Kings 7:9 KJV)
For ears long to hear, eyes are longing to see (Ro 10:14)
The mystery revealed in you and in me (Col 4:3, Col 1:27)

 Anthony Foster January 18, 2001
Also see 1 Peter 4:10, Proverbs 25:11, Acts 18:9)
Copyright 2001 Anthony Foster



 

Monday, August 31, 2020

Fill My Heart


Fill my heart with wisdom

Lord I pray, Lord I pray

Fill my heart with wisdom , Lord I pray

Fill my heart with wisdom And then all I do and say

Will serve to bring you glory day by day.

 

Fill my heart with mercy

Lord I pray, Lord I pray

Fill my heart with mercy, Lord I pray

Fill my heart with mercy for those who’ve gone astray

Fill my heart as mercy leads the way

 

Bridge

Lord fill our hearts to breaking

with wonder as we stand amazed

fill our mouths with songs we’re making

with eternal joy and praise.

 

Fill my heart with joy

Lord I pray, Lord I pray

Fill my heart with joy, Lord I pray

Fill my heart with joy and put it on display

And all will know the Truth the Life and Way

 

Fill my heart with music

Lord I pray, Lord I pray

Fill my heart with music Lord I pray

Fill my heart with music And my soul will truly sing

And songs will be my perfect offering

 

Lord fill our hearts to breaking

with wonder as we stand amazed

fill our mouths with songs we’re making

with eternal joy and praise.

 

Fill my heart with wisdom

Fill my heart with mercy

Fill my heart with joy

Fill my heart with music

Lord I pray

 

Anthony Foster

August 30, 2020

Friday, August 21, 2020

Headlong on Grace


When I am broken and confused

When by the world I am abused

I'll recall what  time will not erase

I will cast myself headlong on grace

When I'm broken by the weight of loss

When I'm too dumb to count the cost

When between a rock and a hard place

I will cast myself headlong on grace


When at the end of my sad self

At the end of my rope  I've lost my health

When no one here will hear my case

I will cast myself headlong on grace

When trouble comes and comfort flees

When devils pick apart my peace 

Jesus is my hiding place

I will cast myself headlong on grace


When in the morning when I rise

Till when the darkness deep draws nigh

I will run to my God's embrace

I will cast myself headlong on grace

There in my weakness I am strong

There where my mourning turns to song

I abandon other dreams I chase

I will cast myself headlong on grace


When I'm helpless in my plight

When right seems wrong and wrong seems right

When I'm fainting as I run this race

I will cast myself headlong on grace

When I'm undone by many woes

When overwhelmed by worldly foes

Then I will fall down on my face

I will cast myself headlong on grace


When I'm betrayed by those I trust

When all my plans  turn into dust

When props are gone without a trace

I will cast myself headlong on grace

Then I will rise and overcome

I'm not a victim, I'll not succumb

Jesus is my hiding place

I will cast myself headlong on grace


Jesus is my hiding place

I will cast myself headlong on grace


August 21, 2020

Anthony Foster

Thursday, August 20, 2020

How Can It Be?



Can it be, how can it be 

That  the Savior died for me?

How can it be that I should gain

Healing from one who bore my pain


Amazing, this is amazing, I stand in awe at the very thought

Amazing, So amazing, The price He paid that my soul might be bought


An interest in His blood divine

Is given to me, it is mine

Though I was still his enemy

He bore my sin and died for me!


Amazing, this is amazing, I stand in awe at the very thought

Amazing, So amazing, The price He paid that my soul might be bought


This is a holy mystery

How very God  hung on the tree

This paradox of pain and peace

The wonders of it never cease


Amazing, this is amazing, I stand in awe at the very thought

Amazing, So amazing, The price He paid that my soul might be bought


Angels inquire into the scene

To Understand what it should mean

To see the heart of God now rent

Twas for this moment Christ was sent.


Amazing, this is amazing, I stand in awe at the very thought

Amazing, So amazing, The price He paid that my soul might be bought


The eternal immortal Son

Gives up his breath and it is done

Now with His death Sin now  dies

But on the third day He will rise.


Amazing, this is amazing, I stand in awe at the very thought

Amazing, So amazing, The price He paid that my soul might be bought

Amazing, this is amazing, I stand in awe at the very thought

Amazing, So amazing, The price He paid that my soul might be bought


Anthony Foster

August 20, 2020

I Wonder


 

I think on the days gone by and I wonder.

Think of things beyond my eye and I wonder

Think of what I have been spared

Think of what I have not dared

And I wonder.

 

I stand astonished and amazed and I wonder.

At how I can remain unphased and I wonder.

By glories that I may yet gain

As I  marvel at the mere mundane

And I wonder

And I ponder

And I wonder.

 

There are miracles awaiting me

If the unseen I will see

For truth will surely set me free

As I wonder.

 

There is knowing in the doing and I wonder.

In the thing I am pursuing if I wonder

There is  awe in what’s been done

Is that beauty that’s begun

And I wonder.

 

I hear a glory in the call and I wonder.

And on my knees I’ll fall as I wonder.

And all my pondering will fail

And the weight of glory will prevail

And I wonder.

 

I can live and move and be

I can live the mystery

In the maker of eternity

And I wonder

Lost in wonder.

Found in wonder.

 

August 19, 2020

Anthony Foster