Monday, September 24, 2018

In His Hands


Look on the suffering savior
With the nails piercing His hands
He is full propitiation
He fulfills the law's demands
The sin bearer bore our penalty
When for His own He died
God His Father sees the woundings
And is fully satisfied.

But though they tore this temple down
He raised it in three days
In the carpenter's mighty hand
True power He displays
In meekness He laid down his life
But in Glory He arose
Now regard the nail-scars in His hands
From which love and mercy flows

Look upon the revelation
Of the Sovereign glorified
With a voice-cry like trumpet
Flowing hair and glowing eyes
In the midst of seven lamp stands
Seven stars in his right hand
He is holding His beloved
Who have followed His command

He has the whole world in His hands
The sovereign wields the sword
He raises high his holy stars
He is Jesus Christ our Lord.

Look upon the living one
The first and the last authority
The alpha and omega
He is holding Davids key 
As He holds the keys to life and death
Heaven's Kingdom he will plant
He will rule the New Jerusalem,
For He fulfills the covenant

He has the whole world in His hands
The sovereign wields the sword
He is the door who holds the keys,
He is Jesus Christ our Lord.

Look now upon the warrior
Who is wielding Judgments sword
He is clothed in bloodstained garments
The agent of Gods wrath outpoured
This lamb slain from the worlds foundation
Here is the worthy one revealed
He alone has the authority
To break open Judgments seals

He has the whole world in His hands
The sovereign wields the sword
He raises high his two edged blade
He is Jesus Christ our Lord.

Revelation 1:16-18; 3:7
Anthony Foster
September 24, 2018



Tremble


Enter now into the throne room
Of your great Creator King
With a holy fear approach him
Feel your heart begin to sing
Let His wonder make you tremble
Let His promise make you bold
As you come into His temple
As His glory you behold

Filled with awe, filled with amazement
At this access, full and free
When you greet him as your Father
You  will meet your destiny
The One who spoke creation
Who reigns in light above
Is the One who laid His life down
So that you might know His love

Tremble with joy-The closer you draw
Tremble with wonder-Tremble with awe
Tremble in sober reverence-As in Majesty you stand
He will shake your soul with glory-As He holds you in His hand.

The mighty Majesty on high
Laid down on a cruel cross
Became a servant and a reject
Suffered sin's heartbreaking cost
His atoning blood was offered
As a final sacrifice-
To cover our obscenities
Death was the purchase price

All the sin that separates you
From the Father he has borne
He who knows s as he knows himself
Took on a crown of thorns
So that he might reign in glory
Be exalted to the throne
Interceding for His beloved
Till he harvests what He's sown

Tremble with joy-The closer you draw
Tremble with wonder-Tremble with awe
Tremble in sober reverence-As in Majesty you stand
He will shake your soul with glory-As He holds you in His hand.

On a hillside called Golgotha
The serpent's skull was crushed
Christ has left this broken angel
Ruined and writhing in the dust
He ransacks the devil's prisons
He has set the prisoners free
He has broken his dominion
At His name see Satan flee

Turning mourning into dancing
Bringing triumph over death
Changing agony to comfort
As we breathe His Spirits breath
He'll not leave you or forsake you
In your suffering and strife
So take courage as He guides you
Through the battlefield of life

Tremble with joy-The closer you draw
Tremble with wonder-Tremble with awe
Tremble in sober reverence-As in Majesty you stand
He will shake your soul with glory-As He holds you in His hand.

September 24, 2018
Anthony Foster



Thursday, September 20, 2018

Down a Rat Hole


"Devoting a life to material comforts and security and thrills is like throwing money down a rat hole."- John Piper

This hit me and prompted me to write this little ditty:

Down a Rat Hole

You can be generous or you can be greedy
But its tragic if mammon you trust
Sell your possessions, and give to the needy
Or reserve them for  moths and for rust
Flee from those objects of lust

Quit being satisfied with the 2% yields
Of pleasures and all that you please
Invest in the blue-chip, eternal, high-yield,
Divinely insured se-cu-ri-ties.

Sell your possessions, and give to the needy.
Choose ease, comfort, and pleasure or heavenly treasure
You can be generous or you can be greedy
Sell your possessions, and give to the needy.

If material comforts are your main goal
Security and this week's thrills
That's like throwing money down a rat hole.
Gluttony never fulfills
Life's more than just paying your bills.

To live in luxury satisfies-- never
It is much more blessed to love
More blessed now, and more blessed forever.
So set your mind on -things -a-bove.

Sell your possessions, and give to the needy.
Choose ease, comfort, and pleasure or heavenly treasure
You can be generous or you can be greedy
Sell your possessions, and give to the needy.

By storing up treasures here and not above
It's everlasting rewards that you spend
But investing a life in the labor of love
Yields joy unsurpassed without end:
An eternal dividend!

Buckets of blessings that never grow old
Returning rewards without measure
So will you be content with your silver and gold
Or will you seek e-ter-nal trea-sure?

Sell your possessions, and give to the needy.
Choose ease, comfort, and pleasure or heavenly treasure
You can be generous or you can be greedy
Sell your possessions, and give to the needy.

“Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. [And thus] provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail”

Luke 12:33, Matthew 6:19–20

Anthony Foster
September 20, 2018



Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Promises of God




Praise to the goodness of the Lord,
Who rules his people by his Word,
And there, to those who in Him live
His kindest promises He gives
Each promise, empowered by that Word
All creation heeds as it is heard
Much stronger than any other force
It makes all nature takes its course

Chorus: On the promises of God we stand
We know his Grace and understand
He cannot break His Word or lie
He fulfills every promise bye and bye.

Praise, everlasting praise, be paid
To him that earth's foundation laid;
Praise to the God whose strong decrees
Sway the creation as he may please..
The promise of the Lord is sure
This Word that forever endures
His Word is our security
Though life fades fast and friends may flee.

Chorus: ­On the promises of God we stand
We know his Grace and understand
He cannot break His Word or lie
He fulfills every promise bye and bye.

Then should the earth's old pillars shake,
And all the wheels of nature break,
Our steady souls should never fear
The times and trials that draw near.
Our everlasting hopes arise
To the world where the soul never dies
Where the eternal Maker reigns,
And His own courts his promise sustains.

Chorus: On the promises of God we stand
We know his Grace and understand
He cannot break His Word or lie
He fulfills every promise bye and bye.

After Isaac Watts
Anthony Foster
September 19, 2018

You are I AM



You are the God who is love and light
You owe nothing to any one
You never change, you are always right
You are the Father the Spirit, the Son

Infinite in power, unrivaled in might
All creation must conform to you alone
All life in the universe in the depths and heights
Flow through You and to You and from Your throne

You are I AM, your glory we declare
You are I AM, your majesty is beyond compare
Oh the unspeakable privilege to taste and to see
And to know the God of Eternity!

You hide us in the cleft of the Rock
The pierced, exalted Son
You declare your Name and we are struck
Devastated and undone.

You are the triune Three in One
Holy and Righteous, Gracious and Just
Your person and power is beholding to none
Your manifold mercies are true to our trust

You are I AM, your glory we declare
You are I AM, your majesty is beyond compare
Oh the unspeakable privilege to taste and to see
And to know the God of Eternity!

By Your own power were all things made;
By You supported all things stand;
You are the whole creation's head,
Its foundation laid by your right hand.

Your wonders work in heaven and earth
To declare your glory to the nations
Praise to the God whose matchless worth
Is revealed In all creation

You are I AM, your glory we declare
You are I AM, your majesty is beyond compare
Oh the unspeakable privilege to taste and to see
And to know the God of Eternity!

Psalm 9:10
Anthony Foster
September 19, 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018

Maranatha Morning


In the glorious light of your return
Our spirits long to see your face
Hearts that ever seek Him yearn
For God to shed his richest grace.

When trumpet sound shall tear the skies,
And mountains fall into the sea
Saints, you may lift your joyful eyes,
There a new heaven and earth will be

Maranatha morning, rend the skies,
Bring that delightful, dreadful day;
Cut short the hours, thrill our eyes;
Maranatha, Lord we pray.

The lightning of your sharpened sword
Will cleave the skies as you appear
They will see the pierced, risen Lord
And this dark world trembles in fear

Haste, then, upon the wings of love,
Rouse all this anxious sleeping dust,
That we may join in heav'nly joys,
And sing the triumph of the God we trust.

Maranatha morning, rend the skies,
Bring that delightful, dreadful day;
Cut short the hours, thrill our eyes;
Maranatha, Lord we pray.

Some words after Isaace Watts
Anthony Foster
September 17, 2018

Zechariah 2:12
Luke 17:24

For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day.” (Luke 17:24)

Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Soul's Final Feast


Oh how we long for perfection
Lord how we long for your touch
We long to have you draw us to your side

Sure is our hope in election
Of your promises Lord we make much
We long for your throne-room, there to abide.

We are hungry for the bread of life
We are thirsty for salvation's cup
To taste and see and know the prize
Eternal praise we will lift up

As we partake of the soul's final feast
To dine with our perfect high priest
When you come for your bride
And we're taken inside
And celebration shall never decrease!

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Oh how we long for your presence
There where our faith becomes sight
When we forever gaze on your beauty

There we will bask in your essence
With pleasure, with joy, and delight
Your glory manifest fully to see

We are hungry for the bread of life
We are thirsty for salvation's cup
To taste and see and know the prize
Eternal praise we will lift up

There our hungry hearts will be filled
There our thirsty souls will be drenched
There your glory we will behold
As we dine our desires are all quenched

As we partake of the soul's final feast
From the limits of flesh we're released
At the feast of the lamb
From eternity planned
And forever our joy will increase.

As we partake of the soul's final feast
To dine with our perfect high priest
When you come for your bride
And we're taken inside
At your banquet that never shall cease.


Meditation on a reading from Desiring God by John Piper
Psalm 37:4, Psalm 16:11, Psalm 27:4
September 16, 2018
Anthony Foster