Monday, December 10, 2018

Highest Place

Lord raise in me a deep cherishing
Things of the gospel of Your good grace
Of the great  and holy, central things
Treasures that take the highest place

The holiness of our Great God,
The utter ugliness of sin,
The hopeless helplessness of man,
And the deep depravity we`re in.

These are the truths that we would learn
The glories we embrace
So we`ll pursue our prime concern
Treasures that take the highest place

The all-sufficient death of Christ,
That justifies by faith alone,
The sanctifying work of the Spirit,
The one sacrifice that atones

The glory of Christ’s return,
And the final judgment day
The inheritance for which we yearn
In Your presence e`er  to stay!

These are the truths that we would learn
The glories we embrace
So we`ll pursue our prime concern
Treasures that take the highest place

Anthony Foster
December 10, 2018

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Holy Fire (Fight the Darkness)

Christ has called us out of darkness
And into His marvelous light
He has called us in our blindness
And given supernatural sight.

We do battle on a battlefield
We Fight the fight and do not yield
We take offense and the light employ
The works of the devil to destroy

Its not enough for people of light to sit in the light
Or show the light or preach the light
We are called out to go and the darkness fight
We are agents of redemption out to set things right.

We must drive out darkness with annointed deeds
And wrestle with forces that men`s flesh feeds
We carry a flame into the darkest night
Love lit with holy fire like a torch burns bright

Its not enough for people of light to sit in the light
Or show the light or preach the light
We are called out to go and the darkness fight
We are agents of redemption out to set things right

We destroy strongholds that are raised
With weapons that leave our foes amazed
Divine power is ours to wield
And by the grace of God we will not yield.
And by the grace of God we will not yield.
Armed with a holy fire we will not yield.

Inspired by a Beth Moore tweet
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Isaiah 1-16-1
James 1-23-24

December 4, 2018
Anthony Foster

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Magnificent Merciful Marvelous Lord


From generation to generation,
From age to age the same,
His mercy is for those who fear Him
And holy is His name.

My soul magnifies the Lord
And my spirit rejoices and sings.
You exalt those of humble estate,
You fill the hungry with good things.

I love you more than a tongue can tell,
Magnificent merciful marvelous Lord!
In Your presence I would dwell
Magnificent merciful marvelous Lord

You bring down the mighty from their thrones
And scatter the proud in their thoughts.
The rich You have sent away empty,
But the humble and needy you`ve sought.

The merciful will receive mercy,
Our magnificent master will bless
The heart that is humble before Him
The contrite who His name confess.

I love you more than a tongue can tell
Magnificent merciful marvelous Lord!
In Your presence I would dwell
Magnificent merciful marvelous Lord
Magnificent merciful marvelous Lord
Magnificent merciful marvelous Lord

December 2, 2018
Anthony Foster







Saturday, December 1, 2018

Behold the Wonder of the King


He is coming, He is coming!
Behold the wonder of the King
He is o`er the darkness dawning
Come- the love of God to bring!

He is come- to be our Savior
He is come- to be our Lord
He bestows Gods perfect favor
All that`s holy He affords

Behold the wonder of the King
Life and light to all He brings
Bring your life an offering
Lift your voice and with us sing
Behold the wonder of the King

Let your need well up inside you
Let your darkness devastate
Let His sheltering wing now hide you
From the fall and sin`s estate

So prepare your heart for advent
Of the King of righteousness
Sweep the leaven, so to repent,
Now examine and confess...

Behold the wonder of the King
Life and light to all He brings
Bring your life an offering
Lift your voice and with us sing
Behold the wonder of the King

Seek Him in anticipation
Revel in expectancy
God will bring His revelation
To the soul that thirsts to see.

Let His word dwell richly in You
Gather `round it`s glorious fire
He comes to make all things new
He fulfills our deep desire.

Behold the wonder of the King
Life and light to all He brings
Bring your life an offering
Lift your voice and with us sing
Behold the wonder of the King
Behold the wonder of the King
Behold the wonder of the King

Luke 2:11
Psalm 139:23–24
Jeremiah 23:29

December 1, 2018
Anthony Foster

Friday, November 30, 2018

Make His Praise Glorious


Angels descending a pitch black sky
Illumined the darkness with radiant light
A world unsuspecting that hope had drawn nigh
Trembled in fear at the glorious sight,
Yet peace fell upon their souls in their dark night.

The heavens declared the weight of good news
That prisoners could find their release
A birth of a savior that most would refuse
And for that, their turmoil shan`t cease
His own would receive not His peace.

Oh, make His praise glorious-our sins he forgave
Over all victorious- over death and the grave
Make His praise glorious-His own life He gave
So rejoice in the servant who saves!

Now men seek to do what is right in their eyes
But there`s only One treasure that saves
Belief`s never born from from some sign in the skies
Discounting the salvation they crave,
They rejected the gift that God gave!

The Savior still comes to the blindest of eyes
He comes to be faithful and true
He comes in an inconspicuous disguise
To do what we could not do
He still comes the wretch to rescue.

Oh, make His praise glorious-our sins he forgave
Over all victorious- over death and the grave
Make His praise glorious-His own life He gave
So rejoice in the servant who saves!

So he is no fool who will answer His call
Christ delivers their souls from the grave
And we would do well if we give Him our all
He delights to transform the depraved
There is One that is Mighty to Save!

Oh, make His praise glorious-our sins he forgave
Over all victorious- over death and the grave
Make His praise glorious-His own life He gave
So rejoice in the servant who saves!

November 30, 2018
Anthony Foster




Joy To All Who Love the Lord


In this advent of the Savior
We shall find our perfect peace
Joy to all who have found favor
All those with whom God is pleased

Joy eternal, Joy abundant
Lifts our hearts to Christ in praise
In our Joy we find contentment
Blessed to boldly stand amazed!

Chorus
Joy to all who Love the Lord
Exult in Glory at His throne
Sing in One triumphant chord
We find Joy in You alone!

You have come to earth to save us
You have come our sin to bear
You arose and life you gave us
We receive your tender care

So we sing in jubilation
So we sing in one accord
Yea, we sing in exultation
Joy to all who Love the Lord!

Chorus
Joy to all who Love the Lord
Exult in Glory at His throne
Sing in One triumphant chord
We find Joy in You alone!


November 30, 2018
Anthony Foster







Wednesday, November 28, 2018

I Will Sing


Open the eyes of my heart that I might see your greatness
Open my eyes that I might see Your goodness as I should
Help me to preach to my soul that I might remember
All Your benefits and all I have understood.
You do all things for Your glory and for our good.

And I will praise the name of God with a song
I will sing His glories and sing out strong
And I will pray that others might sing along
I will sing, I will sing In Your presence
When you take me from this world ere long

Open the ears of my soul that I might hear You singing
Open my ears that I might hear Your heartbeat loud and clear
Help me rehearse Your Truth that I might remember
All the words of life that fall upon my listening ear
As I abandon myself to obey the song I hear.

Bridge
Lord I would magnify you But You are already magnificent
Lord I would glorify You But Your Glory is evident
But I can magnify You with thanksgiving And proclaim your excellencies
You have called us out of darkness Out into Your marvelous light,
So the deaf man hears, the blind man sees.

And I will praise the name of God with a song
I will sing His glories and sing out strong
And I will pray that others might sing along
I will sing, I will sing In Your presence
And forever and ever my praise will be prolonged
And forever and ever my praise
And forever and ever my praise will be prolonged

Psalm 69:30
Ephesians 1:18
Psalm 103:2
1 Peter 2:9

Anthony Foster
November 28, 2018

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Salvation Song

Lord sing your salvation song to us
The hymnbook of the ages
The psalms of faith and amazing grace
Written on its pages

We lean in and lean quickly
Minds set on things above
We focus our attentions
On the splendor of your love

Pleading that we might know you
Filling our minds with your Word
We sing that we might show you
A joyful noise, undeterred

Lord sing your salvation song to us
The hymnbook of the ages
The psalms of faith and amazing grace
Written on its pages

This holy high privilege
What we were created for
Joined  as a singing congregation,
Oh come let us all adore
Created to sing, commanded to sing
In melodic celebration
The fruit of our lips is our best offering!

Lord in our hearts we rejoice
Listening as you sing over us
As we lift up a higher voice
Unify us in a deeper trust!

Lord sing your salvation song to us
The hymnbook of the ages
The psalms of faith and amazing grace
Written on its pages

Anthony Foster
November 28, 2018

Enter Now the Sanctuary


Enter now the sanctuary
Christ indwells those who in Him abide
For we are now the house of the Lord
Meet with Him where He resides

His Word dwells richly in us
Vessels into whom the Spirit is poured
We are now His tabernacle
We are the temple of the Lord

We have this treasure in vessels of clay
So that his glory can be on display
Our souls sanctified and set apart
His word is written on our very heart

His hands, His feet, His Body
Are in us manifest
Agents of reconciliation
Jesus in the new creation dressed

And so he comes to dine with us
His abode in us to make
He inhabits all His people's praise
For our good and for His sake.

We have this treasure in vessels of clay
So that his glory can be on display
Our souls sanctified and set apart
His word is written on our very heart

On our very heart.

John 14:21-23
November 27, 2018
Anthony Foster






Turn the Page



In the book of life every phrase
Every season`s a chapter, a new episode
Is another story of glory and praise
Each milepost a memory on a long winding road

The story goes on when its written
By the best story teller of all
But the plots open the imagination
To the strange new world of Gods call.

Let him make of your life a message
That is good news to all who will hear
Let him perfect every passage
And a glorious faith will appear

Turn the page of your life- where does the story end?
How does the plot resolve itself What message will you send?
There's no one to appeal to There's no one left to blame
There's no way out and no way in Except through Jesus' name.

The story resolves in God's presence
As all eternity before you unfurls
We are promised a most blessed ending
To days strung together like precious pearls

An adventure story , a thriller or see
Your life become a happy mystery
A romance with righteousness written
An epic saga of your life's history

Memoirs of the mystery revealed in man
A book of life filled to the praise of His glory
Each chapter an episode in Jesus's plan
Each set of the journey another God story

Turn the page of your life- where does the story end?
How does the plot resolve itself What message will you send?
There's no one to appeal to There's no one left to blame
There's no way out and no way in Except through Jesus' name.

November 26, 2018
Anthony Foster









The Wordsmith


What is written in the volume of your lifestory?
Are the lines crooked and the letters blurred?
Do the lines leap off the pages
Or are they so crooked that you cant read a word?

Let God erase the lines that you've bungled
Rewrite the chapters that were a waste
With a new storyline altogether
All those lines of enmity He will erase

Is your name written in the book of the Lamb?
Or are you writing verses To suit your desires?
Is your story being told by the great I Am?
Gods will is not a secret, He declares what He requires

Our God is a wordsmith but he will not write
A single word until you come to the light.
Then He'll inscribe you upon the palm of His hand 
And no one will ever erase you from His plan.

He will write His words on your heart`s tablet
And He'll write for you a special new name
Let your life now be written by the finger of God
With His stories all the endings are the same

So will your story end in God's presence
Or in darkness and torment and strife?
For nothing impure enters His heaven
Only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life!

But God will write righteousness on your heart
It comes through faith to all who believe
Won' t you give him the pen of your life
And in exchange this gift now receive?

Our God is a wordsmith but he will not write
A single word until you come to the light.
Then He'll inscribe you upon the palm of His hand 
And no one will ever erase you from His plan.

Isaiah 49:16
November 27, 2018
Anthony Foster

Monday, November 26, 2018

Able to Save

We have an indestructible priest
So our salvation is secure
This very day I am being saved
by an intercession that endures
Jesus is praying for us in heaven.
Through His prayers He continues His Love
This very day I am being saved
By my Great High Priest up above

Christ is able to save to the uttermost
He is the only Savior we''ll ever need
Christ is able to save to the uttermost
He lives forever to ever intercede

His indestructible priesthood
By Christ’s resurrection from the dead
The God Man is greater than a human priest
He is the perfect  priest  of the Godhead

Christ is able to save to the uttermost
He is the only Savior we''ll ever need
Christ is able to save to the uttermost
He lives forever to ever intercede

We are held fast forever by eternal prayers
Saved by everlasting advocacy
On the basis of his perfect sacrifice,
Jesus is praying  perfectly!

Christ is able to save to the uttermost
He is the only Savior we''ll ever need
Christ is able to save to the uttermost
He lives forever to ever intercede!

Hebrews 7:25
1 John 2:1
Romans 8:34

Anthony Foster
November 26, 2018

The Shadows

Just as the loved one is more than a photo
So is the real thing  much better than shadows
Yet through the shadows we can learn
And the very mind of God  we  can discern.

Not curtains and bowls and tables
Not candles and robes and tassels
Nor  goats and pigeons and sheep.
This is deep calling unto deep

These are a shadow of what will be done
The temple, the law and the sacrifice
These are but a shadow of the things to come,
But the substance belongs to Christ.

Bridge
Every shadow and symbol and sign
Are of God's righteous revelation
They work together to  define
Our hope of eternal salvation.
So here in the shadowlands, reckon what's real
Through them ultimate reality is revealed...

This is far beyond what we can see
This is not shadow-reality
Tho the shadows do communicate
This is the  True Truth to which they relate

These are a shadow of what will be done
The temple, the law and the sacrifice
These are but a shadow of the things to come,
But the substance belongs to Christ.

Colossians 2:17
Hebrews 7:26-8:5, chapters 10-13
Anthony Foster
November 25, 2018











Saturday, November 24, 2018

Perfect Gifts


There's a gift of repentance- Its a gift to confess
A gift of forgiveness-And a robe of righteousness
Theres a good gift of cleansing-From iniquity's stain
And a gift to be conformed-To the name above all names

Hold it fast and hold it tight
By the power of His might.
His blood-bought gift
Of your obedience will lift
You to unseen heights
His rod will make you right.
Hold on to what will last
To Hope hold fast.

Theres a gift of assurance And of hope that's secure
A gift to the heirs Of the promise that endures
A gift of deliverance And a gift that denies
A gift of His presence That will not compromise

Hold it fast and hold it tight
By the power of His might.
His blood-bought gift
Of your obedience will lift
You to unseen heights
His rod will make you right.
Hold on to what will last
To Hope hold fast.

I exhort you to be bold
Reach out and take hold
Of that for which you have been
Taken hold of by Christ`s hand.

Our Father rejoices Over us in the night
The giver of good gifts To give is His delight
He will not forsake His own to their way
For the gift of obedience He gives freely each day.

Hold it fast and hold it tight
By the power of His might.
His blood-bought gift
Of your obedience will lift
You to unseen heights
His chastening rod will make you right.
Hold on to what will last
To Hope hold fast.

Philippians 3:12
Hebrews 6:17–18
1 John 1:9-10
Anthony Foster
November 24, 2018

Friday, November 23, 2018

Home Forever


There will be a banquet one day,
a table for the saints will be set
Not a one will be left out
No hunger left unmet

Not a one there will be nameless
No one will be unknown
No one with no place to sit
We will finally be home

We are home home forever
We are finally off the road
We have set all our affections
On our heavenly abode
There in the Father's table
In the Kingdom of our King
We will revel in His presence
And His praise forever sing!

One day the feast will be laid out
Full of satisfying fare
And everyone will eat their fill
With plenty left to spare

There at the banquet table
All the redeemed will belong
We'll feast on God's provision
And then we'll sing a song

There's a candle in the window
And it's called amazing grace
It will guide our way to Glory
Where we'll see Christ face to face
Where all hungering is fulfilled
Where He quenches every thirst
And we'll eat and drink in delight
But we'll worship Jesus first

We are home, home forever
We are finally off the road
We have set all our affections
On our heavenly abode
There in the Father's table
In the Kingdom of our King
We will revel in His  presence
And His praise forever sing!

Anthony Foster
November 23, 2018


Thursday, November 22, 2018

Anchor of Joy

Jesus freed us from the tyranny
Of worldly pain and pleasure —
And worldly suffering and  success,
To pursue a greater  treasure.

Jesus anchored all the happiness
Of suffering saints in heaven`s reward
And the blessedness of righteousness
Is anchored in the Lord

Hope of Heaven my Joy`s mainstay
Anchor of my soul, help me stand I pray.
With my heart tethered to your promises, Lord
I will obey and will wait for heaven`s reward.

Our Joy is safe- we need not fear
Our anchor will hold firm
And heaven holds our future there
Through every coming term

If your name is in the Book of Life
Your destiny is secure
An inheritance kept safe through strife-
Infinite, eternal, sure.

Hope of Heaven my Joy`s mainstay
Anchor of my soul help me stand I pray.
With my heart tethered to your promises Lord
I will obey and will wait for heaven`s reward.

Bridge
God`s promises protect our joy
Not suffering nor our  success
Neither can our anchor destroy
This  hope and surety we confess.

Hope of Heaven my Joy`s mainstay
Anchor of my soul help me stand I pray
With my heart tethered to your promises, Lord
I will obey and will wait for heaven`s reward.

Anthony Foster
November 22, 2018

Hope is Born


In darkness languishing in rhythms black as night
The world in mourning waits and waits and waits upon the light
But no lights avails
Prayers seem to fail
And all that remains are some sad refrains
For those who sit in darkness with no hope of change in sight

But there was a prophecy foretold long before
That one would crush the skull of Satan and the light restore
But as they sat there pondering
The advent of Messiah-KIng
All hope had died- Then a baby cried
A cry that would one day turn into a ferocious roar

Hope is born- to us this day
Hope is born- to bear the dark away
The promise is this little child
Now God and man can be reconciled
For in the darkest night God made a way

Now the prophecy`s fulfilled so it begins
The one whwould come to bear away our darkest sins
Has come to us to live and dwell
The promise of Emmanuel
All hope had died- Then a baby cried
And now the enemies can become forever friends.

Bridge
The story of the Christ is not a fable
It is a living word that is more than able
He rose up from His grave
A dying world to save
This is the very babe there in that stable.
A hope that eternally springs
A hope that the new life brings
To a world forelorn
To men who mourn
Hope is born in us again and so we sing!

Hope is born- to us this day
Hope is born- to bear the dark away
The promise is this little child
Now God and man can be reconciled
For in the darkest night God made a way

November 22, 2018
Anthony Foster