Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Hallowed Hammer


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Hosea 6:1 Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.

Being crushed is never easy-Being broken is required
To be formed into Christ’s likeness-Reckon with what you’ve desired
When you been deformed, mishapen-By the devil world and flesh
By God’s grace be overtaken-He’ll reform your life afresh

But there’s pain upon the anvil-As God beats a self to death
In the crushing there’s a whisper-For the hammer is God’s breath
As he breathes into the vessel-A lifegiving change of mind
He has torn us, he will heal us-What he breaks he’ll surely bind

By his flames we must be tempered-For we’re fashioned by the fire
Though struck down upon His anvil-He becomes our true desire
There is mercy in the moulding-There‘s a blueprint for His grace
As we’re conformed to Christ’s image-Then our likeness is replaced

Crushed by the weight of glory-By the holy hammerstrike
He will smite us for our good as he reveals what we are like.
By the holy hammer we are forged Into  noble forms
Beaten into beauty in the midst of gracious storms…

There’s compassion in the crushing There’s forgiveness in the fire
When the holy heavy hammer Strikes us down it lifts us higher
Our souls’ goldsmith refines us by his ardor and His blows
Into what shape he’ll reform us, only highest heaven knows.

June 26, 2019
Anthony Foster

Monday, June 24, 2019

To Follow is to Follow




Righteous and  holy,
Merciful and mighty
You Purchased us out of our sin
We are the slaves of righteousness
Serving our Master as we confess
To follow is to follow again and again.

Help us persevere in worship
Help us persevere in praise
Help us consecrate our lives
All our live-long days.
Give us grace to make this vow
Lord by Your grace our hearts will bow
while we stand
Just as you have planned
Help us understand…
And follow your command.

If you follow your heart
Yopu will surely depart
To your own way
So Lord set us apart
Incline our hearts
To do what you say
This is what we pray…

For we stray away so easily
Our souls pant to be satisfied
But to other lords we incline
Draw us safely to your side
Dispense your showers of grace
Flowing in delight from you
As we abandon our desires
Let us seek your face in all we do

Help us persevere in worship
Help us persevere in praise
Help us consecrate our lives
All our live-long days.
Give us grace to make this vow
Lord by Your grace our heart swill bow
while we stand
Just as you have planned
Help us understand…
And follow your command.

June 24, 2019
Anthony Foster



Saturday, June 22, 2019

Another Set of Eyes




Keep the heart with vigilance,
For from it springs of life  flow
Guard it Lord be my defense-
The eyes of my heart want to know

Let the glory of God's Word shine within me
For the Recompense of God  has come
He himself is the reward of the righteous
The reward of every heart that's been undone

Give me another set of eyes that can behold you
Another kind of eyes to see
The things that are hidden but remain true
The eyes of my heart  define me
May the eyes of my heart  remind me

Christ is my prosperity
My portion and my part
For he is treasure to me
The desire of my heart

Give me another set of eyes that can behold you
Another kind of eyes to see
The things that are hidden but remain true
The eyes of my heart  define me
May the eyes of my heart  remind me

Christ is my prosperity
My portion and my part
For he is treasure to me
The desire of my heart

Prov 4:23, Eph 1:18
June 21, 2019
Anthony Foster