Friday, July 3, 2020

I Will Trust in You

I was dead in deep dark sin
In my tomb death sealed me in
You met me where I long had been
I will trust in you

Nothing in my hands I bring
Simply to the cross I cling
Make my life a living offering
I will trust in You

Jesus you’re my all in all
At your feet I humbly fall
You will raise me by your call
I will trust in you

You are my  merit you’re my plea
Power in weakness, sight to see
You are everything to me
I will trust in you

Lord your word I will believe
Grace and mercy I receive
You will not forsake or leave
I will trust in You

Jesus you’re my all in all
At your feet I humbly fall
You will raise me by your call
I will trust in you

July 3, 2020
Anthony Foster

I will Glory in the Holy One

I was  poor and needy searching for water,
My tongue was parched with thirst.
But God will not forsake His true sons and daughters
Those who will seek His Kingdom first

I will rejoice in the LORD , and in Him will I stand
I will glory in the Holy One
For my redeemer declares that He holds my right hand
I will glory in the Holy One
I will glory in the Holy One
I will glory in the Holy One

Bridge:
I will not fear, for my Jesus is with me;
I’ll not be dismayed,
For the Lord is the God of this man.
He will strengthen help me;
And He will ever uphold  me
He will hold me with His righteous right hand.

For His eye ever searches  throughout all the earth
For  the hearts that are completely His own
He will strongly support their ways and their works
So that His glory to all is made known

I will rejoice in the LORD , and in Him will I stand
I will glory in the Holy One
For my redeemer declares that He holds my right hand
I will glory in the Holy One
I will glory in the Holy One
I will glory in the Holy One

July 1, 2020
Isaiah 41:10-18
Anthony Foster

A Place of Grace

Lord make us lights in the darkness this day
Help us illumine those who come our way
To encounter creations made new evermore
Lord open our windows and throw wide our doors

Give us a witness both joyous and bold
Set us apart like your people of old
Who lived by the faith you imparted  by grace
Paint your blood on the doors  on our heart’s dwellingplace

Reign over this household, Lord, I pray
Bless our endeavors as we learn to obey
We want your perfect will whatever it costs
Make our home as we take up our cross
For we know you’ll reward us for whatever is lost

Bridge
As we equip our children, as we labor and play
As we seek out your Word as we live out our days
As we  care for our families, as we wait and we pray
May our home be a respite from the world and its ways.

Lord make our home a place of grace
Lord shine forth from the windows of this humble place
Where you Word lights the shadows of darkness and doubt
As we care for the souls who come in and go out.

Reign over this household, Lord, I pray
Bless our endeavors as we learn to obey
We want your perfect will whatever it costs
Make our home as we take up our cross
For we know you’ll reward us for whatever is lost

July 1, 2020
Anthony Foster

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Home Away from Home



Between the glorious and mundane
The radical and the oh, so sane
The salt of the earth does not mock rotting meat
It saves and it seasons or soberly weeps.

Between the glory and the degradation
We live in a place that’s in need of salvation
The light of the world cannot be hid away
It labors to illumine and puts glory on display

Chorus
Yes, our citizenship is in heaven on high
And we won’t make it home till the day that we die
But if we’­re dying with Christ we  are never alone
He’ll abide with us here in our home- away from home

So I’ll build my home on Christ and nothing less
I’ll hold this home loosely till I take my rest
And so to this world I’ll not be conformed
I will set my mind on Jesus and be transformed

Bridge
As exiles and strangers we navigate dangers
As we seek for that city that is to come
We happily sojourn ‘til the day we return
To our home in heaven when the journey is done.

Chorus
Our citizenship is in heaven on high
And we won’t make it home till the day that we die
But if we’­re dying with Christ we  are never alone
He’ll abide with us here in our home- away from home.

After a meditation on a John Piper devotion
June 24, 2020
Anthony Foster



Saturday, June 20, 2020

Guide me O my Lord and Savior

Verse 1:
Guide me O my Lord and Savior, pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but You are mighty, hold me with Your powerful hand;
Bread of heaven, Bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more,
Feed me till I want no more.

Verse 2:
Open now the crystal fountain where the healing waters flow;
Let Your fiery, cloudy pillar lead me where I’m called to go
Strong Deliverer, Strong Deliverer,  be my strength and be my shield,
Be my strength and be my shield.

Verse 3:
When I tread the shores of heaven, bid my anxious fears subside;
Bear me through the swelling current,  draw me safe unto Your side;
Songs of praises, songs of praises I will ever give to You;
I will ever give to You.

(Original written by William Williams as Guide me O Thou great Jehovah)
June 13, 2020
Updated by Anthony Foster

Search Me, Cleanse Me

Search me, O God, And know my heart today;
Try me, O Savior, Know my thoughts, I pray.
See if there be Some wicked way in me;
Cleanse me from every sin and set me free.
I praise You, Lord, For cleansing me from sin;
Fulfill Your Word, and make me pure within.
Fill me with holy fire where once I burned with shame;
Grant my desire To magnify Your Great Name.

What do you require?  This is my desire
To have understood  That which is good
To do justice, to love mercy 
And with my God to walk humbly
Search me, cleanse me of all my unrighteousness 
Refine me with fire,  Purge every desire
That keeps me from blessedness

Lord, take my life, and make it wholly Yours
Fill my poor heart with a Love that’s true and pure
Take all my will, My passion, self and pride;
I now surrender, Lord In me abide.
O Holy Spirit, Revival comes from You
Send a revival, Start a work in me anew
Your Word declares You will supply our need;
For Your very presence Lord, I humbly plead.

What do you require?  This is my desire
To have understood  That which is good
To do justice, to love mercy 
And with my God to walk humbly
Search me, cleanse me Of all my unrighteousness 
Refine me with fire Purge every desire
Purify My heart  as I confess.
Purify My heart  as I confess.
Purify My heart  as I confess.

Psalm 139:23-24; Psalm 51:2; Micah 6:8
After Edwin Orr
Anthony Foster 
June 19, 2020

Oh Great Giver


I think so highly of myself-Lord devastate My pride 
Help me repent of it-Until to self I’ve died
Though of  all sinners I am chief
Lord I believe , help my unbelief
Give me a hatred of my sin,  Make my defenses fail
I am willing to trust but doubts assail
Give the gift of tears of a holy grief 
Lord I believe , help my unbelief

You write  the chapters of my story Only then can I live  anew
And live so that you get the glory  In everything I do,
Lord I believe now, help my unbelief
Lord I believe now, help my unbelief

Help me think with sober judgment,  Help me to renew my mind
According to the measure of faith  That You alone assigned.
From my doubting bring relief
Lord I believe now, help my unbelief
Sustain my faith and  Strengthen it.  With you as its author it shall not fail. 
Make it the power of my life,  Finish it so Your glory will prevail
Though my life on earth is brief
Lord I believe now, help my unbelief

You write  the chapters of my story Only then can I live  anew
And live so that you get the glory  In everything I do,
Lord I believe now, help my unbelief
Lord I believe now, help my unbelief

Make it the power of my life
Oh Great Giver give me Grace
Make it the power of my life
Oh Great Giver give me Faith

June 15, 2020
Anthony Foster