Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Victory Song

We will take the bread
and we will drink the cup
And it will be our sustinance
so we shall drink it up
So eat his body drink his blood
From the slaughtered lamb that stood.
This living holy water pours
And so the victory is ours

Victory, victory
Yes Grace shall have the victory
For mercy overflows
To every one who knows
The triumph of the cross, the final victory!

The bruising of his heel has crushed the serpent’s skull
And all that will be left is and empty voided hull
The power of the cursed one will then at last be null
The power of the cursed one will then at last be null

When we remember we must recall
Not just his death but his all in all
From the garden to the grave
The promised seed must save
Through the promised covenant his blood He gave.
Death has passed us by
There is no more death to die
For he bore our Sin and so our sins forgave

The true tree of life has risen
From earth’s devastating dust
Into Him we are ingrafted
And in Him we place our trust.

So we will take the bread
and we will drink the cup
And it will be our sustinance
so we shall drink it up
So eat his body drink his blood
From the slaughtered lamb that stood.
This living holy water pours
And so the victory is ours

Victory, victory
Yes Grace shall have the victory
For mercy overflows
To every one who knows
The triumph of the cross, the final victory!

Anthony Foster
September 27, 2011

For the Glory and the Joy

Even with our quickened eyes
We fail to see the depths of grace
But as we turn our eyes to Christ
Clouds will part as we apprehend your face
We apprehend
What we can’t comprehend
And glory fills this place
Thundering radiance fires our bones
As the weight of glory is made known

For the joy set before you
For the glory to be gained
For the Father to restore you
To the place from which you came
Founder and perfecter
Author and finisher
For Father’s glory you stayed true
For the joy set before you
You endured the cross, and suffered loss
Took our blame, despised the shame
Now you are seated at the right hand of God
Given a name above every other name
We bow low to the earth
And seek to worship all you are worth
Grace and compassion are your throne
And so we worship you alone
You are worthy, you are worthy.
Of the glory and the joy of your throne.

Col 3:13
Anthony Foster
September 23, 2011

Days of Deep Wonder

These are the days of deep wonder
Days of obedience
Deep days of sin torn asunder
Today is the day of recompense
The power to rend our hearts
In the hands of a faithful friend
And though mystery may break us
He is faithful to the end.

Bring the days of the frequent vision
Send each trembling heart on mission
Heneni is our cry
Make our ears tingle and brighten our eye

Help us to cast off all distractions
Help us focus on your grace
Help us understand your mercy
As we seek your holy face.
All that you have spared us from
And all that you have planned
All work together for the glory
Even angels fail to understand.

Your favor is applied
As you draw us to your side
In your presence, father we are undone
Here rests a grace that can’t be won.

Here in the days of deep wonder
The days of hearts crucified
The ultimate circumcision
In a cross where our savior has died
Cut off and broken for our sin
You despised the shame and took the blame
The deep places now arise from within
And we shall never be the same

Your likeness we pursue
And our minds are renewed
In the shelter of your wings
Glory unto glory sings.

Anthony Foster
September 23, 2011

Abba

Now I know Abba’s tender arms
An embrace for a fatherless child
A nurturing place where I’m kept from harm
With my father I’m reconciled
Beloved children reconciled.

Crying out Abba Father
At the cross we lay our pain
You turn our loss into gain
We cry out for the souls of men
Crying out for your presence again

We need Your presence to live in
Forgiveness is given
Your power to use
Your wisdom to choose
We shall cry out
Cast away all doubt
Cast ourselves upon your grace
Abba Father, Abba Father
Let us see your face
Fill our hearts and fill this place

We need
Your strength to endure
Your love true and pure
Your interceding prayers
Your mercy and your care
We are crying out
Our prayer becomes a shout
We cast ourselves on you alone
Crying abba Father, Abba Father
Abba Father make your glory known
As we stand boldly before your throne

Anthony Foster
September 22, 2011

Where Faith Becomes Sight

Oh to the deep places I would flee
Escape the darkness and bask in your light
Hid in the rock carved out for me
I’ll seek the place where faith becomes sight.

My heart and soul cries out to you oh Lord
My shepherd and redeemer on you I call
The mists have gathered on my moors
And of the next step I’m unsure.
Come guide me lest I slip and fall.

Take me to the place where faith becomes sight
Open up my eyes so I can see the obvious light
Empower the obedience of faith by your grace
All our desires are set right
In that place where faith becomes sight

Before that one day when we see face to face
We still can see clearly in your glorious light
If we will bind your Word to us while we live in this place
We will have wisdom to do what is right

You will not abandon me
You will part the veil so I can see
Reveal the warp and the woof of your will
Calm my storming heart and peace instill.
Take me to the place where faith becomes sight
Open up my eyes so I can see the obvious light
Empower the obedience of faith by your grace
All our desires are set right
In that place where faith becomes sight

Anthony Foster
September 22, 2011

Higher Passion

Every thing of who we are
Every thing of how we live
How we move and how we breathe
A picture of Christ gives.
Trust his timing trust his plan
Trust when you don’t understand
Love the Lord with all your heart
To love each other we must start

Knowing Jesus and making Him known
Living full throttle for Christ alone
As highest passion fills our eyes
This thought alone our heart occupies

A higher passion- on which all other passions are based
A higher ground- on which our sure foundation is placed
A higher calling- a narrow and bright way
A dawn where the broad shadows have no sway.

Anthony Foster
September 22, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Be fruitful and multiply

Multiply our joy
Multiply our peace
Multiply our patience
And our faithfulness increase

For the fruit we bear
The gifts we share
All come down from above
So Lord we pray
Each and every day
That You will increase our love.

May our kindness grow
May our goodness show
May our gentleness find gain
May our self control
Like righteousness roll
Down upon our lives again

This is our pursuit
For each and every fruit
That the Spirit in us births
Will meet many needs
And bear many seeds
That can sprout and grow in worth

Anthony Foster
September 25, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Freight Train

Bringing peace beyond all knowledge
Powering over this terrain
Over mountains and through valleys
Coming like a mighty train

A miracle like a freight train –a special delivery.
Miracle like a freight train bearing down on me
Runaway runaway grace poured out on me

Unstoppable, it’s roaring
through the landscape of my mind
Undeterrable, its running
right on schedule-on God’s time

A miracle like a freight train –a special delivery.
Miracle like a freight train bearing down on me
Runaway runaway grace poured out on me

It rumbles through my comforts
Ease is crushed beneath its wheels
Pleasure takes on a new meaning
In the light this miracle reveals

A miracle like a freight train – take me where I cannot see.
Miracle like a freight train bearing down on me
A miracle like a freight train –sent down from eternity
Miracle like a freight train bearing down on me
Runaway runaway grace poured out on me

Anthony Foster
August 30, 2011

Strongest of All

Sing this song to the Lord
Sing this song to the Lord
He has triumphed gloriously
He has cast our sin into the deepest sea
Raised us from the pit and made us sons
Given us the power to overcome
Separated us from that by which we’re bound
Now in the strong man Jesus we are found.

March on my soul in might
March on my soul in might
Destroy the gates tear down the walls
For our Lord is stronger than all
Our Lord is strongest of all.

Breaker King, great is your majesty
Burn in the heart that is set free
You consume our stubble with your fire
Place in us a pure and holy desire
Stronger than the desires of this age
Strong man give us strength to rage
With a holy anger without sin
See compassion’s fires begin.

March on my soul in might
March on my soul in might
Destroy the gates tear down the walls
For our Lord is stronger than all
Our Lord is strongest of all.

Anthony Foster
September 15, 2011

Cling

Separated, isolated
behind walls rising within
We were chained and devastated
By a lousy load of sin

For we made the ties that bound us
There was darkness where you found us
That does not have a name
It left us broken and ashamed

You were forsaken when you bore our sin
In your own body on the tree
That we being dead to sin
Could live eternally

To be the righteousness of God
For all the world to see our God
In your suffering, grace is now revealed
And by your wounds we are healed

You were hated when you came
And yet you bore our scorn
Despised the shame and took our blame
So we could be reborn

And by your cross love is revealed
By your stripes our wounds are healed
And your death became the final offering
And so to you Jesus, we will cling.

Christ has triumphed gloriously
Cast our sins into the deepest sea
To remember them against us no more
You give the power to forgive
You give the power now to live
You give the reason our souls can sing
And so to Jesus we shall cling.

Anthony Foster
September 15, 2011