Sunday, May 24, 2020

Dark Waters

Over the chaos your Spirit hovered
A formless and void nothing your presence covered
You called light out of darkness Tamed the monstrous deep
You began the promise you promised to keep

From what sleeping rocks dream of sprang reality
And tohu va vohu begat boundless beauty
You spoke into chaos- lo, your will was done
Creation was sourced in Father Spirit and Son

Chorus
You still speak to dark waters, change chaos to rhyme
You speak your Good Word in and out all of time
In every  conflict the victory's won
You speak to dark waters, lo, your will is done...

The One Eternal Word was spoken in grace
To every danger and wildness and waste
For every life that seems formless and void
Now even death by that Word is destroyed

To whatever darkness and chaos you face
The Lord will speak power and mercy and grace
He'll  speak into the darkness and light issues forth
And faith comes by hearing and knowing its worth

Chorus
You still speak to dark waters, change chaos to rhyme
You speak your Good Word in and out all of time
In every  conflict the victory's won
You speak to dark waters, lo, your will is done...

May 24, 2020
Anthony Foster

Grace is Sufficient


Lord you make a way  for us
And guide us with your light
through the shadows in the valley
And on through the darkest night

Lord we want to bless your name
Your mercies overflow
Abounding love shall be our guide
And all we need to know.

Your grace is sufficient
More than sufficient
It burst the boundaries we set
It floods our soul with deep content
Your grace is sufficient
More than sufficient
Your grace is sufficient for me.

All that is in me, all that I am
There is nothing I would withhold
Power is perfected in my weakness
Your presence Lord will make me bold

Your grace is sufficient
More than sufficient
It burst the boundaries we set
It floods our soul with deep content
Your grace is sufficient
More than sufficient
Your grace is sufficient for me.

I want to live with grace
I want to die with grace
Like a chariot of fire
I want to fly to your embrace

Your grace is sufficient
More than sufficient
It burst the boundaries we set
It floods our soul with deep content
Your grace is sufficient
More than sufficient
Your grace is sufficient for me.

Anthony Foster
May 22, 2020

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Turn My Prayer into a Song

Every prayer is a psalm unto the Lord
He hears each petition that's outpoured
When to the Lord we turn
He hears the hearts that yearn
In prayer His good pleasure we afford

For when I learn to sing my prayer
A new song of praise my lips shall bear
As I learn to raise
This sacrifice of praise
It becomes a fragrance beyond compare.

Chorus
Lord turn my prayer into a song
That I might sing it all day long
And your perfect peace
Will never cease
To make this frail child strong.

As prayer turns to praise his presence God imparts
This peaceable fruit becomes a work of His art
The Lord is glorified
As His name is lifted High
And in turn The Lord lifts up our hearts.

Bridge
His presence provides a healing balm
When our prayer becomes a psalm
Our minds  and spirits  Christ will calm
I will pray with my spirit, I will pray with my mind
I will sing  with my spirit, I will sing with my mind

Chorus
Lord turn my prayer into a song
That I might sing it all day long
And your perfect peace
Will never cease
To make this frail child strong.

1 Corinthians 14:15
May 18, 2020
Anthony Foster

Friday, May 15, 2020

Taste and See


Taste and see -Taste and see the Lord, the Lord He is good...
Let your heart come and savor righteousness
Taste and see-Tune your heart and mind till you have understood
Partake of the holy flavor of blessedness

Come enjoy the pleasures this world can't replace
Come develop a palate for mercy and grace
Don't be satisfied with morsels,  come to His feast
Savor the flavor of glory and see it released.

Taste and see-For of the shadows you have had a foretaste
For echoes of glory are everywhere
Taste and see-Now savor the substance on which they are based
For in Christ is every answer to your prayers

You have basked in His warm rays, now look at the Son
Let your heart heed the music and be overcome
Oh don't let your deepest hunger be denied.
Go on to the banquet and be satisfied

Taste and see...-Focus your eyes and His splendor you'll face
I pray you'll pursue with all your might
Taste and see-At the cross is displayed mercy truth and great grace
Now taste of pure glory and savor the sight.

Lovingkindness and goodness are found in His name
Your desires are but embers, be fanned to a flame
When glory's revealed its fire  will refine
Your heart and your soul and your mind.

Taste and see-The good, the beautiful and the true
Take pleasure in His presence for eternity
Live and Be-find their source in Him who makes all things new
This gift is yours if you will taste and see.

Feel your soul strangely warmed  by this consuming fire
The enticement of glory girds every desire.
Oh don't let your deepest hunger be denied.
Go on to the banquet and be satisfied!

Psalm 34:8
May 13, 2020
Anthony Foster



Tuesday, May 12, 2020

There's a Light

There's a light shining in the darkness so men might have sight
In our hearts - it overcomes the darkest night
There's a light-driving out the darkness from eternity
May it shine-So that everyone might see.

There's a hope in a word that is true
In this hope, we can all be made new
For it proves itself faithful throughout all of time
We believe in this light, light so sublime

In this light-The knowledge of great glory is now revealed  
Op'n our eyes  to see what was once concealed
There is love By the Spirit shed abroad in our hearts
And a hope that springs eternal it imparts.

There is hope in this light that is true
There is joy in a dawn ever new
There is peace and the promise of permanent release
There is love for the very least of these

There is light  Shining from the glory of His face
So we walk  In the marvelous light of this grace 
And this light Illumines  souls who his name confess
We are lights of the world destined to bless

Bridge: Now as our hearts are brightened
A living love is born
Like the temple veil, our hearts by glory are torn
We reflect it now-to bring a brand new morn

There is light lighting up  lives of those who believe
And this light's- never conquered, we perceive
If we walk in the light now as He is in the light… 
His blood cleanses from all sin and sets us right 

There is hope in this light that is true
There is joy in a dawn ever new
There is peace and the promise of permanent release
There is love for the very least of these

Romans 5:5; 2 Cor 4:6; 1 John 1:5-7
May 13, 2020
Anthony Foster

Word of Life

Your Word is light and hope to us
Your promise and commands
Make our hearts to burn in us
Help us understand!

Light our paths with radiance
Reveal to us the way
For with this gift our heart repents
Now teach us how to pray

Oh Lord where else can we go?
You are the Living Word
You are the Light we need to know
The Word of Life that must be heard

Your word is like a two edged sword
Striking to our core
Dividing truth from error
It stands forevermore.

Your word is truth unvarnished
Good news for us to hear
It never returns void
To those with a list'ning ear.

Oh Lord where else can we go?
You are the Living Word
You are the Light we need to know
The Word of Life that must be heard

May 10, 2020
Anthony Foster 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Touch Our Hearts Oh God!

There is a time, I know not when, A place, I know not where,
Which marks the destiny of men To heaven or despair.
There is a line by us not seen Which crosses every path,
The hidden boundary between God’s patience and His wrath.

How long may men go on in sin? How long will God forbear?
Where does hope end, and where begin The confines of despair?
One answer from those skies is sent, “You who from God depart,
Now hear the Good News and repent, and harden not your heart.”

Oh trust  in a dear Savior whose work made wrath relent
Receive the gift of grace fall on your knees and now repent.
Confess your sin to Jesus  for He is faithful He is true
He'll cleanse all your unrighteousness, forgive and  make you new.

Touch our hearts, Oh God- Your touch is what we need
For sin sick souls require-from sin to be freed.
Come now still and  small-or touch us with your fire
When we receive your touch-You are our heart's desire.
Touch us anew with glory for this glory we pray 
That You would touch us all and touch us all the way

When on that hardened heart God knocks, open the door to find
An exit there from darkness  and new sight for the blind 
Oh, bask in blessed assurance   and see the old man changed
From lawless into flawless,  then eternal life is gained!

Oh trust  in a dear Savior whose work made wrath relent
Receive the gift of grace fall on your knees and now repent.
Confess your sin to Jesus  for He is faithful He is true
He'll cleanse all your unrighteousness, forgive and  make you new.

Touch our hearts, Oh God- Your touch is what we need
For sin sick souls require-from sin to be freed.
Come now still and  small-or touch us with your fire
When we receive your touch-You are our heart's desire.
Touch us anew with glory for this glory we pray 
That You would touch us all and touch us all the way

Verse 1, 2,  after an Author unknown, quoted by G.W. Truett in 1917
May 5, 2020
Anthony Foster