Friday, August 31, 2018

Majesty and Meekness


Messiah is a Lamb and Lion He comes to serve and reign
Both held in mighty tension He inflicts or bears our pain
At once He is sin bearer -takes our iniquities
He bears the penalty we face And gains the victory

The roaring Lion of Judah is worthy in God’s eyes
To op'n the scrolls of history wherein the future lies.
He came to conquer and to purge and sit on David's Throne
He came to be a mighty King and make God's glory known

His dominion knows no end- forever He shall reign
But before the crown of glory He first wore a crown of pain
The King became a servant, and laid aside his might
Humbled himself in obedience that we may be made right

In majesty and meekness the lion became the Lamb
Took on a peculiar glory And for the world was slain
The Lamb was raised in glory on a cross where all might see
His majesty and meekness both mingled perfectly.

The Lamb arose again to stand, declare and demonstrate
He is the sovereign by whose blood was opened heaven's gate.
The Lion has conquered life and the Lamb has conquered death
Together mingled they reign- breathing one incarnate breath.

In majesty and meekness the Lion became the Lamb
Took on a peculiar glory And for the world was slain
The Lamb was raised in glory on a cross where all might see
His majesty and meekness both mingled perfectly.

Anthony Foster
August 31, 2018




God and KIng


Great God and King, you reign supreme
Your glory shall ever increase
Sovereign Lord in wisdom deem
To achieve whatever you please

You rule over all your creation
You govern with power and might
Whatever the situation
You always effect what is right

You reign in majesty Yours is the victory
Kindness and love Rain down from above
And so it ever shall be

Our great God and King
You rule over everything
blessing honor and praise
Crown your glorious ways
Your kingdom shall never end
Oer all the universe it extends
Forever and ever
Forever and ever Amen

King of creation, you must rule
Till your enemies taste defeat
The unjust become your footstool
Lord tread them all under your feet

Your support is strong for those whom to you belong
Your watchful eye Surveys all to find
hearts that for your dominion long

Our great God and King
You rule over everything
blessing honor and praise
Crown your glorious ways
Your kingdom shall never end
Oer all the universe it extends
Forever and ever Forever and ever Amen

Anthony Foster
August 31, 2018


Thursday, August 30, 2018

Beloved


Before the ages began we were gifted by grace
Chosen before the world's foundations
With an everlasting love from eternity past
We were destined to become new creations

Placed in the beloved, and bought with a price
Redeemed and forgiven for all of our sins.
We are sons of God and bound to Christ
God gave us to Christ and new life begins

Chorus
This stupendous reality, this breathtaking fact
We're inseparable from God's love
There's never a case where he will turn His back
On His children who're known as beloved.

Before all time we were declared just
By the righteousness of God in Christ
His own righteousness is imputed to us
Secured by one final sacrifice.

God saved us and called us to holiness
In the beloved Son we are placed
United with Christ we're eternally blessed
Because of His own purpose and grace

Chorus
This stupendous reality, this breathtaking fact
We're inseparable from God's love
There's never a case where he will turn His back
On the accepted in the Beloved.


2 Timothy 1:9
Ephesians 1:4,7
2 Corinthians 5:21
Galatians 3:26
Anthony Foster
August 29, 2019




Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Wounding Balm





Between the wounding of the Word
And when its healing balm is placed
There comes a time when truth is heard
And arguments are laid waste

The true condition of our hearts
And the paths we have concealed
In its light and mirror we see truth
What's hidden is by the Word revealed

Chorus
The Word that wounds is the Word that heals
This paradox that the word reveals
Saves us from destructions path
And spares us from the coming wrath

It pierces through the darkness
Through marrow, joint and bone
We pursue the piercing willingly
And submit to what is shown.

It is living, it is active
This balm that heals is from our Lord
Yet faithful are the woundings
Of this piercing two-edged sword

Chorus
The Word that wounds is the Word that heals
This paradox that the Word reveals
Saves us from destructions path
And spares us from the coming wrath

Anthony Foster
August 28, 2018








Monday, August 27, 2018

Between the Marrow and the Bone


Conviction comes to devastate
The place where fear and doubting wait
To convince us of the seeds we've sown
The truth is found and is made known
It dwells between the marrow and the bone

Gods Word can pierce us quick and clean
Cutting through the seen and unseen.
So sharp it cleaves the heart of stone
This two edged sword is finely honed
To rend apart the marrow and the bone

The word of God pierces deep enough
To show the truth of all our thoughts
And our selves and motives
Where the battle of the mind is fought.
It judges our intentions
Where soul and spirit coalesce
The harbors of the heart run deep
As the deceits we must confess

Where the spirit and the soul and divide
Truth is revealed and so can guide
Until in Christ we are full grown.
Gods Word will speak to living stones
It separates the marrow and the bone

Hebrews 4:12; Eph 4:13; 1 Peter 2:5
August 27, 2018
Anthony Foster





War in the Heavenlies (Rock of Refuge)


War rages in the heavenlies
For soldiers fighting on their knees
In your celestial citadel
We overcome the gates of hell
I go to the mountain of grace
You are my secure hiding place
In your protection I find peace
With my keeper my conflicts cease.

Protected by almighty power
In You I find my strong strong tower
My Defense on the battlefield
I'm armored with your sword and shield
When the enemy assails me
Your fortress will never fail me
Rock of refuge my sure defense
Tower of strength when one repents

Waging war in the heavenlies
O'er rulers and authorities
Bringing down principalities
It's a war against cosmic powers we wage
Defeating spiritual forces of evil
Destroying the works of the devil
The enemies defenses are levelled
As we bring light to the darknesses that rage

You are my hiding place of peace
Where courage and my strength increase
To Your strong fortress I will flee
Your garrison surrounding me.
Your stronghold will protects our hearts
You fortify our souls' ramparts
If I reside within your walls
I will stand sure and never fall

Waging war in the heavenlies
O'er rulers and authorities
Bringing down principalities
It's a war against cosmic powers we wage
Defeating spiritual forces of evil
Destroying the works of the devil
The enemies defenses are levelled
As we bring light to the darknesses that rage

Ephesians 6:12
Meditation on the interplay of defense and offense in the Christian life
Anthony Foster
August 27, 2018




Sunday, August 26, 2018

Rejoice in the Lord (Stunned and Awed)


God opened his mouth and creation He spoke
He looks on the earth and it trembles and quakes
He looks on the mountains they shudder and smoke
He sheds His glory on all that he makes!

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live
While I still have being I will sing
The fruit and the praise of my lips I will give
May my meditation be a pleasing offering

I will sing praise to my God while I have being. . . . For I rejoice in the Lord.
I will sing praise to my God while I have being. . . . For I rejoice in the Lord.

We're stunned and awed by God's work of creation
Yet they point beyond themselves to Him
'Tis not for its sake nature requires an ovation
Its grandeur and majesty raise up a cadenced hymn

These are but shadows; but God is the substance.
These are scattered beams; but God is the sun.
These are but streams; but God is the ocean.
Creation points to the All Glorious One...

I will sing praise to my God while I have being. . . . For I rejoice in the Lord.
I will sing praise to my God while I have being. . . . For I rejoice in the Lord.

I will sing praise to my God while I have being
I will sing praise to my God for worthy is He
I will sing praise to my God though all I am seeing
Is through a glass darkly this side of eternity.

In the end it will not be the seas or the mountains
Or great galaxies that sets our hearts ablaze
God Himself will fill us to breaking with wonder
And fill our mouths and our souls with eternal praise.

I will sing praise to my God while I have being. . . . For I rejoice in the Lord.
I will sing praise to my God while I have being. . . . For I rejoice in the Lord.

Inspired by Psalm 104:31-34
Jonathan Edwards
and a John Piper devotion
August 26, 2018
Anthony Foster



Mystery and Majesty (What the Angels Saw)


Beyond all question, the mystery is great
From which true godliness springs
Once it was hidden but now is revealed
Of His majesty now all heaven sings

This is what the angels saw This is why they stand in awe
The incarnate Son Condescended to come
He appeared in the flesh, By the Spirit vindicated
He was witnessed by angels, Who for eons had waited

Bridge
Gloria in Excelsis Deo Good news the Christ brings
Fear not He is with you The angels now sing

Beyond all question, the mystery is great
How the Messiah was born
To be our sin bearer in our helpless state
The perfect sacrifice laid on the altar horn

He himself bore our sins In his flesh on the tree
He arose from the dead And became heavens key
He was preached to the nations- they received His story
In the world was believed on and taken up into glory.

Beyond all question, the mystery is great
But now is forever revealed
Our God is with us and is made manifest
In the body of Christ this is sealed.

And soon you will come back return soon our King
To complete Your calling- consummate all things
And heaven rejoices The hosts stand in awe
Of the Mystery and Majesty of what the angels saw.

1 Timothy 3:16
Anthony Foster
August 26, 2018






Saturday, August 25, 2018

Wayfaring Stranger


Jesus was a wayfaring stranger
Traveling through this world below
He bore our sin, our toil, and danger
A Man of Sorrows and of woe.

Lord Jesus came down from the Father
To seek and save us where we roam
He's gonna take me over Jordan
There with my loved ones and my home

I know dark clouds will gather 'round me
I know my way is hard and steep
But Heaven's gates arise before me
Where God's redeemed, their vigils keep

I'm going there to see my Jesus
He said He'll know me when I come
So, I'm just going over Jordan
I'm going there no more to roam
I'm just going over Jordan
I'm just going over home

No longer lost and travelin' lonely
No longer stranger in a strange land
I'm going home to dwell in glory
Led by my Savior's nail-scarred hand

For Jesus sought me when a stranger
He said He'll know me when He comes
So, I'm just going over Jordan
I'm going there no more to roam
I'm just going over Jordan
Now I'm just going over home


Traditional with new lyrics by Anthony Foster
August 25, 2018





Jubilate Deo


Hear the incomparable shout Of love and power and glory.
The song of creation pours forth speech And tells this glorious story
There is a great God of glory and power His beauty elicits our awe
We celebrate His mighty works The same marvels the angels saw

Voicing Creation's praise Jubilate Deo
Join in Creation's praise Jubilate Deo
God is glorious! God is glorious!
God is glorious! God is glorious!

All who listen to the Day will hear it speaking with sun- blindingly bright
To the blue sky and thunderclouds give ear, and eyes behold His colors and lights
The message to all who will listen at night, to countless stars and summer moons
Speaking with great dark voids and lights, and singing their celestial tunes

Voicing creations praise Jubilate Deo
Join in Creation's praise Jubilate Deo
God is glorious! God is glorious!
God is glorious! God is glorious!

Bridge
Night pours forth its “knowledge” to you and to me
These beautiful designs of all things we can see
His handiwork's wondrous how much Greater is HE!
God is glorious -hear the rousing fanfare
God is glorious -see the heavens declare
God is glorious! God is glorious!
God is glorious! God is glorious!

Beyond all question, the mystery is great from which true godliness springs
Once it was hidden but now is revealed Of His majesty now all heaven sings
All the heavens shall show forth his story In such a glorious form enshrined
Delight yourself in the Lord of glory. your supreme satisfaction you'll find

Voicing creations praise Jubilate Deo
Join in Creation's praise Jubilate Deo
God is glorious! God is glorious!
God is glorious! God is glorious!

After Praetorius and reading a devotion by John Piper
1 Timothy 3:16; Psalm 19
August 24, 2018
Anthony Foster

Friday, August 24, 2018

Everfresh Mercy


As manna was given one day at a time
There was no way that it could be stored
It was new every morning-fresh fallen food
Even so, God's mercy accords.

There's trouble enough appointed each day
Our worry won't stem its flow
But there's mercy aplenty for every trial
And sufficiently grace is bestowed

Your mercies are new every moment
Your steadfast love never fails
And so every moment though tested I'll trust 
That your everfresh mercy avails.

Our strength's not for tomorrow's burdens
We receive it as God intercedes
Tomorrow His mercies will be new again
God is faithful to meet all our needs.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never shall end;
They're new every morning in great faithfulness
Provision aplenty God sends.

Your mercies are new every moment
Your steadfast love never fails
And so every moment though tested I'll trust 
That your everfresh mercy avails.

Lamentations 3:22-23
Anthony Foster
August 24, 2018



Thursday, August 23, 2018

Nail My Glory

Now, for Christs sake I bear his name,
What was my gain I count my loss;
My former pride I call my shame,
And nail my glory to his cross.
Yes, and I must and will esteem
All things but loss for Jesus' sake:
O may my soul be found in him,
And of his righteousness partake!

Oh the surpassing cost which I could never afford
Oh the surpassing worth of knowing Christ my Lord
What once was gain I count as loss
And nail my glory to the cross.

My righteousness is filthy rags
My finest works are dung
I count them all as rubbish,
these things to which I've clung
All shrivel up like a leaf,
And profit turns to loss
If Jesus Christ shall be my gain
There is no final cost

Bridge:
His glory in me he will convey
Treasure placed in a jar of clay

Oh the surpassing cost which I could never afford
Oh the surpassing worth of knowing Christ my Lord
What once was gain I count as loss
And nail my glory to the cross.


Phil 3:8-10
Isaiah 64:6
2 Cor. 4:7
After Isaac Watts
Anthony Foster
August 22, 2018

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

See and Savor (Heavens Eye)


My thankful lips forever proclaim
The wonders of God's praise,
And spread the savor of His name
In worship all my days.
On earth we hope to see the sight
Of our Redeemer's face;
Yet, Lord, our inmost thoughts delight
To dwell upon your grace.

See and savor the glory of the Lord
Taste and see that He is good and worthy to be adored
See and savor the majesty on high
Our joy is made full when we see with heaven's eye.

And when we taste your matchless love,
Our joys divinely grow
Unspeakable, like those above,
And heav'n begins below.
Raised from the dead we live anew;
And, justified by grace,
We shall appear in glory too,
To see and savor Father's face.

See and savor the glory of the Lord
Taste and see that He is good and worthy to be adored
See and savor the majesty on high
Our joy is made full when we see with heaven's eye.

Our souls long to be fulfilled
With eyes of faith to see
The evidence of things that will
Soon surely come to be
We set our minds on things above
And we are satisfied
We take delight in arms of love
Within which we abide

See and savor the glory of the Lord
Taste and see that He is good and worthy to be adored
See and savor the majesty on high
Our joy is made full when we see with heaven's eye.

Some words after Isaac Watts
Anthony Foster
August 22, 2018

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Echoes of His Excellence


In the praises of the saints
In the works of his hands
The universe paints
What Gods pleasure demands

In Blessing and Creation
He does what he pleases
In Judgment and redemption
His glory increases

The mosaic of history
A Magnificent mystery

Tell of His fame and declare His worth
Echoes of excellence are found in these
So see and savor His greatness oh earth
And our sovereign God is well pleased

God inhabits the praise of his people
He is pleased with our pleasure in Him
Our praises echo his excellence
As we work out what Jesus works in

His delight is in those who fear him,
those who hope in his steadfast love
He is pleased in those who draw near Him
He displays His glory in all that He does

God inhabits the praise of his people
He is pleased with our pleasure in Him
Our praises echo his excellence
As we work out what Jesus works in

Anthony Foster
August 21, 2018



Monday, August 20, 2018

The Door


We were on the outside
We were trying to get in
But we were carrying a burden
Of death and guilt from sin
We were trying to buy a ticket
We were pounding ten times more
But there's only one way to enter in
By the one who is the door.

Knock and His door shall be opened
Seek and you will find,
If your heart's contrite and needy
And you're know you're weak and blind
Cause it's locked up from the inside
And you don't have a key
But the one who holds the keys of life
Has worked for you and me.

Now there is only one door
Not many like some say
One way through to heaven's gates
That's through the One who is the Way.
The veil of separation
Was parted at his cost
To make a way of entry
And a refuge for the lost.

So lay down all your burdens
Only he can grant you sight
Only he can cleanse you from your Sin
And draw you to the light
Enter in God's Holy presence
What are you waiting for?
Come in from all your wandering
For Jesus is the door.

So call out to the watchman
And kneel down on the floor
Cast yourself upon its threshold
Jesus has become the Door
And He opens into heaven
And He opens into grace
And He opens into glory
And He's made for you a place.

And He opens into heaven
And He opens into grace
And He opens into glory
And He's made for you a place.

Anthony Foster
August 20, 2018





The Commission


The glory of the risen Christ Shows the power of the King
In mercy he has sacrificed Once for all His offering.
And this was to his single purpose- According to His plan
This is truth we shall confess- According to His command

Chorus:
Go therefore and disciple all the nations
Go therefore and baptize those who believe
In the name of the Father and the name of the Son
and the Holy Spirit bid them come
Teach them to obey the Word that you have received.

All authority is His He has the power and the right
To pursue his purpose to its end By the power of his might
According to his kindness According to His grace
He will make disciples In every time and place.

Chorus:
Go therefore and disciple all the nations
Go therefore and baptize those who believe
In the name of the Father and the name of the Son
and the Holy Spirit bid them come
Teach them to obey the Word that you have received.

His kindness is tender His purpose we desire
His power without limit His greatness we admire
We must see and worship the risen Christ.
He is the one you are looking for
We must see and worship the risen Christ.
He is the worthy one He is the Lord.

Bridge:
Christ is with us always
Christ is with us always
Christ is with us always
Christ is with us always
Christ is with us always
Even to the end of the age.

Chorus:
Go therefore and disciple all the nations
Go therefore and baptize those who believe
In the name of the Father and the name of the Son
and the Holy Spirit bid them come
Teach them to obey the Word that you have received.

Anthony Foster
August 20. 2018


Sunday, August 19, 2018

My Way to Glory


Jesus worked my way to glory- God is with me, I am changed
He has closed his ranks about me My whole life is rearranged
No longer an alien, abandoned no longer
No longer a slave to sin My faith's getting stronger.

Jesus worked my way to glory Jesus died to get me there
He did the impossible His resurrection now declares
God is for us not against us, He is with us all the way
To glory I will set my sights- learn to trust and to obey.

Jesus worked my way to glory This is redemptions story
What I could never do he's done My place secured before the throne
The victory is won by God's own Son.

Jesus worked my way to glory This exempts me from God's wrath
Now just as you secured the Way lead me on that righteous path
I'll rest in His resurrection No worldly loss or worldly gain
Nor Satan's lies won't detour me or turn me from His way.

In the life and hope and righteousness that he promised I will trust
It is finished, it's accomplished Now His work declares me just
The unimaginable cost he bore That my joy could be complete
Lord circumcise my heart to love you till I glory at your feet!

Jesus worked my way to glory This is redemptions story
What I could never do he's done My place secured before the throne
The victory is won by God's own Son.


After listening to a devotional by John Piper
Anthony Foster
August 19, 2018









Saturday, August 18, 2018

Ever Loved


Behold what manner of love is given
Look what our Father has done
That we might be called his daughters
That we might be called his sons

Chosen and adopted
We are ever loved
A future and a hope is ours
And a home up above

Now are we God's children,
and it does not yet appear
Beloved, what we shall be:
But we know that, when he draws near

We shall be like him;
for we shall see him as he is.
And every man that has this hope
In Him is one of His

He purifies himself, even as he is pure.
He purifies himself, for this is sure:
We are ever loved
We are ever loved
We are ever loved
And this love will endure

1 John 3:1-3
Anthony Foster
August 18, 2018


What We Were Made For


Once there was a garden
Where the presence of the Lord
Was evident everywhere
But an angel with a flaming sword
Now guards the garden's entryway
For mankind was cast out
And the story of the One who is the door
Is what the Bible's all about

But with our souls at enmity
With the God whose image we bear
There was no way we could devise
That could give us entry there
But though the entryway was sealed
And death became the wage of sin
The righteous Son has suffered
That he might make a way back in.

He opened heaven's gateway
God's son who holds the keys
Was slain for us that we might live
And change our destinies.
And now we are forgiven
He takes our guilt away
He justifies us justly
Because the price he paid

He is propitiation
He drank the cup of wrath
And now no condemnation
Can ruin the narrow path
He is the resurrection
And that's what dead men need
Eternal life and a new body
And our spirit now is freed

We approach the throne now boldly
To stand redeemed and cleansed
Before God's grace and glory
In a home that never ends.
This is what we were made for
To enjoy God forever
Fully freely in His presence
In a bond no sin can sever.

Everlasting and immortal
Undying-beyond time
Perpetually persistent
In the presence of love divine.
This is what we were made for
With our Father to abide
Free to enjoy Him fully
Washed clean and purified

Free to enjoy Him fully
Because our Savior died
Free to enjoy Him fully
Forever unified!

1 Peter 3:18
Anthony Foster
August 18, 2018


Devotional by John Piper
Christ suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God. (1 Peter 3:18)

The greatest good of the good news — the gospel — is the enjoyment of fellowship with God himself. This is made explicit here in 1 Peter 3:18 in the phrase “that he might bring us to God.” That’s why Jesus died.

All the other gifts of the gospel exist to make this one possible.

We are forgiven so that our guilt does not keep us away from God.
We are justified so that our condemnation does not keep us away from God.
God is propitiated so that his wrath doesn’t stand between us and God as our Father.
We are given eternal life now, with new bodies in the resurrection, so that we have the capacities for being with God forever and enjoying God to the fullest.

Test your heart. Why do you want forgiveness? Why do you want to be justified? Why do you want the wrath of God to be propitiated? Why do you want eternal life? Is the decisive answer, “Because I want to enjoy God now and forever”?

The gospel-love that God gives is ultimately the gift of himself. This is what we were made for. This is what we lost because of our sin. This is what Christ came to restore.

“In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11).