Saturday, October 17, 2020

God Reigns



God reigns over the nations;  Our God reigns on high
God sits on his holy throne.  And his redemption is drawing nigh
The Lord reigns from eternity Come and make his glory known.
He is robed in majesty;  He is Lord and Lord alone.

The sound of God's watchmen— they lift up their voice;
Together they sing for joy;  Together with them we rejoice
For eye to eye they see  the return of the Lord to Zion.
Break forth together into singing, Sing a song of the lamb and lion!

For our God is the One  who is high and lifted up,
To Him alone we lift Salvation’s Cup
He who inhabits eternity,  Holy is His Name
Our God reigns, From Age to Age the Same!

The Lord has bared his holy arm  before the eyes of all the nations,
And all the ends of the earth  shall see our God’s great salvation
He dwells in the high and holy place,  And to the humble grace imparts
To raise up the spirit of the lowly,  And to revive contrite hearts

For our God is the One  who is high and lifted up,
To Him alone we lift Salvation’s Cup
He who inhabits eternity,  Holy is His Name
Our God reigns, From Age to Age the Same!

Isaiah 57:15
Isaiah 52:7-10
Nehemiah 9:6
Psalm 93:1-5
Psalm 47:8  

October 16, 2020
Anthony Foster


Thursday, October 15, 2020

The Message



For the abandoned husband left alone without a wife
To the  refugee with no reason to keep on living life
To the homeless and the heartless all alone
And the slave that is owned by the  things he owns

This is the message that you need to hear
Frail children the Father holds you dear

The happy moral pagan who believes there is no need
To those unsatisfied in their  pride and greed
The barren still waiting with dwindling hope
The rebellious  rogue at the end of her rope

This is the message that you need to hear
Frail children the Father holds you dear.

Bridge
Trade all of your sorrow
Behold what manner of love
Don’t wait for tomorrow
Behold what manner of love

Those drowning  in depression that deepens each day
For the prodigal who's dying in a strange new way
And the infidel floundering  from their futile choice
And the innocent orphan who has no voice

This is the message that you need to hear
Frail children the Father holds you dear.
This is the message that you need to hear
Frail children the Father will draw you near.

October 15, 2020
Anthony Foster


 

Night of Worship


Nights of sorrow, nights of doubt
And anxiety is all about
Bewilderment may take its toll
Oppress my spirit and terrify my soul

But God our maker makes the song
And I will sing it all night long
Though darkness may envelop me
And make it very hard to see

With eyes of faith I see the light
The glory of Christ’s face shines bright

This is my night of worship
This is my night of praise
Songs and prayers and the living word
Are the sounds my soul has heard

So in the night with eyes of faith I gaze
And see the light that lights my ways

Bridge
The sun is sinking in the west and dusk is falling hard
Evening drapes its cloak on me so as my soul to guard
The melody my spirit hears become songs in the night
For this I am most grateful,  this  is my heart’s delight

With eyes of faith I see the light
The glory of Christ’s face shines bright

This is my night of worship
This is my night of praise

Songs and prayers and the living word
Are the sounds my soul has heard
So in the night with eyes of faith I gaze
And see the light that lights my ways

October 15, 2020
Anthony Foster


Frail Children of Dust




Our days are like the flower We bloom and make a show
And all too soon we fade away, and back to earth we go
Our days are filled with trouble and times that are unjust
We are the sons of Adam the frail children of the dust

Our days are like a dawning but the shadows soon will fall
And suffering and sorrow  drive us behind our walls
But dust and living water  can make a pot of clay
The potter gives us purpose in a dry and weary day.

Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail
In God do we trust nor find Him to fail
When day turns to darkness and gold turns to rust
He sheds tender mercies on frail children of dust

Like dust in the wind we are blown too and fro
But storms make the desert with waters to flow
In our frailty and weakness His power we trust
For God knows our frame; He remembers the  dust. 

O come all you faithless, your burdens He’ll lift
Oh come to the savior -partake of his gift.

Bridge
Our bodies may fail and our minds may forget
Our strength dissipates but Hope have we yet
To this hope we will cling when our prospects are bleak
For power is perfected in those who are weak
The life giving  grace of  the Father is what we must seek.

Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail
In God place your trust you’ll not find Him to fail
When day turns to darkness and gold turns to rust
He sheds tender mercies on frail children of dust

O come all you faithless, your burdens He’ll lift
Oh come to the savior -partake of his gift.

Psalm 103:14
October 12, 2020
Anthony Foster



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Friday, October 9, 2020

Here In The Depths Of Doubt (Faith Has The Victory)


Here in the depths of doubt
Here in the darkness and pain
To my Savior I cry out
And I do not cry out in vain

He promises that He will hear me
And in His word I can trust
I draw close and He draws near me
Even though I am but dust



In the depths of doubt
Grace is deeper still
So we raise a shout
As He works His will
According to his purpose
According to His plan
The sin that would usurp us
Is defeated once again.

Here in the depths of doubt
Fear bends a submissive knee
My unbelief is cast out
And faith has the victory

Jesus will answer my prayer
He does it time and again
When I call out He is there
He turns my loss to gain.

In the depths of doubt
Grace is deeper still
So we raise a shout
As He works His will
According to his purpose
According to His plan
The sin that would usurp us
Is defeated once again.

Here in the depths of doubt
Fear bends a submissive knee
My unbelief is cast out
And faith has the victory
And faith has the victory

Anthony Foster
October 9, 2020



Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The Long Road with Jesus


We hit the road together not knowing
Just what direction we’d both end up going
But God called us out - we know that for sure
And He’s proven to us that in Him we’ll endure

Together we needed such different graces
He brought us together from different places
We Two He intended to make into one
And what He had in mind is what He has done.

We’ve walked many a mile on this long road with Jesus
You and me and  our faithful friend
And no matter how  anyone else sees us
We’ll make it with Him to the end.

Each step in the daylight and the stumbling dark
So many these miles have worn on us its marks
With quite a few detours  along the way
We were never forsaken even when we strayed

So often we were going without knowing
But Jesus persisted  in the grace He was showing
So often we wanted to lay down our load
But then mercy’s markers led us on that road.

We’ve walked many a mile on this long road with Jesus
You and me and  our faithful friend
And no matter how  anyone else sees us
We’ll make it with Him to the end.

Anthony Foster
October 6, 2020





Sunday, October 4, 2020

The Deep, Deep Wells of Mercy

There are waters that will engulf you
And take you to sin’s miry depths
Drowning  in floods of  futility
They’ll take away  your final breath

But there is Water for the weary
And Streams for saddened souls
A Fountain founded for the fearful
As the righteous river rolls

Oh the deep, deep wells of mercy
Into the living waters sink
Leave behind the broken cisterns
From the wells of mercy drink

Christ is the source of life eternal
For we know He is the living water
If you would Never thirst again
Draw from its depths you sons and daughters

Drinking from the well of Jesus
A  fountain springs up in your soul
Rivers of living water
Out of your heart will flow

Oh the deep deep wells of mercy
With living water welling up
I will drink from its depths in this desert
For He will freely fill salvations’ cup

Anthony Foster
October 3, 2020


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Creed

 



I believe in God, the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and maker of earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
And the paradox of the begotten's birth.

He was conceived by the Holy Spirit
And born of the virgin Mary 
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died, and was buried;

Of the things that I believe I now sing
Cause what I believe changes everything
Of the things that I believe I now sing
Cause what I believe changes everything
      
He descended into the Grave -
The third day  from the dead he rose again 
He ascended to heaven and is seated 
At God the Father Almighty’s right hand

From there He will come to judge the living,
And he will come to judge the dead 
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
and the True Church of which Christ is head    

Of the things that I believe I now sing
Cause what I believe changes everything
Of the things that I believe I now sing
Cause what I believe changes everything
I believe in the communion of saints, 
I believe in the forgiveness of sins,
I believe in the resurrection of the body,
and the life that never ends, Amen!

Amen, Amen,
Of the things that I believe I now sing
Cause what I believe changes everything
Amen, Amen,
Of the things that I believe I now sing
Cause what I believe changes everything

Anthony Foster 
September 30, 2020


Monday, September 21, 2020

Kyrie Eleison, Christe Eleison



Lord have mercy, have mercy on me
Lord have mercy, have mercy on me
According to your unfailing kindness
Shed your glory and heal my blindness
Show your light, show your light
Show your light to me

Kyrie Eleison, Christe Eleison

Lord have mercy, have mercy on me
Lord have mercy, have mercy on me
Open my heart-eyes that I might see
Each morning a new mercy’s mystery
Give me sight, make me right
Show your light to me

Kyrie Eleison, Christe Eleison

Lord have mercy, have mercy on me
Lord have mercy, have mercy on me
To my doubting heart bring relief
I believe, yet help my unbelief
Help me fight this blessed fight
Have mercy Lord on me

Kyrie Eleison, Christe Eleison

Anthony Foster
September 21, 2020

Friday, September 18, 2020

Tell it to the Lord



What a Friend we have in Jesus,
  All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
  Everything to God in prayer!
Can we find a friend so faithful
  Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness,
  Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Jesus knows our every need
Before the throne He’ll intercede
Lift up all your tears and fear
He will answer and draw near.
He is such a friend
Faithful to the end
Tell it to the Lord And He will hear.

Have we trials and temptations?
  Is there trouble anywhere?
Saint, whenever you're discouraged,
  Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Are we weak and heavy-laden,
  Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
  Take it to the Lord in prayer;

Jesus knows our every need
Before the throne He’ll intercede
Lift up all your tears and fear
He will answer and draw near.
He is such a friend
Faithful to the end
Tell it to the Lord And He will hear.

Original lyrics-Joseph Scriven
Chorus and music-Anthony Foster
September  18, 2020

 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

God Stories



Our Life is a story God writes day by day-(Phil 1:6)
A journal of joy and a drama display'd (Jer. 27-28, Luke 22:17-19)
He creates a canvas and on it He paints (Prov 7:3)
A perplexing picture of sinners made saints (1 Cor. 1:28, Romans 5-6)

We are living letters that tell of God's grace (2 Cor 3:2-3)
He speaks in and out and through all of our days (Col 3:16, Acts 17:28)
He molds us and makes us a true masterpiece (Job10:9, Phil 2:12))
A masterwork made for His glory's increase. (Eph 2:10)

The story's no fable, just let it unfold (1 Tim 4:7)
For a story's no story unless it is told (Psalm 26:7)
For ears long to hear, eyes are longing to see (Romans 10:14)
The mystery revealed in you and in me (Col. 1:26-27)

A song made of melodies born in the night (Job 35:10, Zephaniah 3:17)
A poem made of rhymes only Jesus can write (Eph 2:10 -poiema)
Words engraved on hearts purified and made new (Jer. 31:33, 2 Cor 3:3b)
The story ne'er ends and the story is true. (Ro 5:21)

Transformed by His anvil (Jer. 23:29, Ro. 9:20) and shaped on His wheel(Is. 64:8)
A tapestry woven His tale to reveal (Mark 15:38 et. al.)
Expressions constructed for Him to indwell (Col 3:16, 2 Cor 6:16)
A story that only a Savior can tell. (Jeremiah 29:11)

So now let the storytelling never cease (Psalm 145:2)
We must not be silent- must not keep our peace (2 Kings 7:9 KJV)
For ears long to hear, eyes are longing to see (Ro 10:14)
The mystery revealed in you and in me (Col 4:3, Col 1:27)

 Anthony Foster January 18, 2001
Also see 1 Peter 4:10, Proverbs 25:11, Acts 18:9)
Copyright 2001 Anthony Foster



 

Monday, August 31, 2020

Fill My Heart


Fill my heart with wisdom

Lord I pray, Lord I pray

Fill my heart with wisdom , Lord I pray

Fill my heart with wisdom And then all I do and say

Will serve to bring you glory day by day.

 

Fill my heart with mercy

Lord I pray, Lord I pray

Fill my heart with mercy, Lord I pray

Fill my heart with mercy for those who’ve gone astray

Fill my heart as mercy leads the way

 

Bridge

Lord fill our hearts to breaking

with wonder as we stand amazed

fill our mouths with songs we’re making

with eternal joy and praise.

 

Fill my heart with joy

Lord I pray, Lord I pray

Fill my heart with joy, Lord I pray

Fill my heart with joy and put it on display

And all will know the Truth the Life and Way

 

Fill my heart with music

Lord I pray, Lord I pray

Fill my heart with music Lord I pray

Fill my heart with music And my soul will truly sing

And songs will be my perfect offering

 

Lord fill our hearts to breaking

with wonder as we stand amazed

fill our mouths with songs we’re making

with eternal joy and praise.

 

Fill my heart with wisdom

Fill my heart with mercy

Fill my heart with joy

Fill my heart with music

Lord I pray

 

Anthony Foster

August 30, 2020

Friday, August 21, 2020

Headlong on Grace


When I am broken and confused

When by the world I am abused

I'll recall what  time will not erase

I will cast myself headlong on grace

When I'm broken by the weight of loss

When I'm too dumb to count the cost

When between a rock and a hard place

I will cast myself headlong on grace


When at the end of my sad self

At the end of my rope  I've lost my health

When no one here will hear my case

I will cast myself headlong on grace

When trouble comes and comfort flees

When devils pick apart my peace 

Jesus is my hiding place

I will cast myself headlong on grace


When in the morning when I rise

Till when the darkness deep draws nigh

I will run to my God's embrace

I will cast myself headlong on grace

There in my weakness I am strong

There where my mourning turns to song

I abandon other dreams I chase

I will cast myself headlong on grace


When I'm helpless in my plight

When right seems wrong and wrong seems right

When I'm fainting as I run this race

I will cast myself headlong on grace

When I'm undone by many woes

When overwhelmed by worldly foes

Then I will fall down on my face

I will cast myself headlong on grace


When I'm betrayed by those I trust

When all my plans  turn into dust

When props are gone without a trace

I will cast myself headlong on grace

Then I will rise and overcome

I'm not a victim, I'll not succumb

Jesus is my hiding place

I will cast myself headlong on grace


Jesus is my hiding place

I will cast myself headlong on grace


August 21, 2020

Anthony Foster

Thursday, August 20, 2020

How Can It Be?



Can it be, how can it be 

That  the Savior died for me?

How can it be that I should gain

Healing from one who bore my pain


Amazing, this is amazing, I stand in awe at the very thought

Amazing, So amazing, The price He paid that my soul might be bought


An interest in His blood divine

Is given to me, it is mine

Though I was still his enemy

He bore my sin and died for me!


Amazing, this is amazing, I stand in awe at the very thought

Amazing, So amazing, The price He paid that my soul might be bought


This is a holy mystery

How very God  hung on the tree

This paradox of pain and peace

The wonders of it never cease


Amazing, this is amazing, I stand in awe at the very thought

Amazing, So amazing, The price He paid that my soul might be bought


Angels inquire into the scene

To Understand what it should mean

To see the heart of God now rent

Twas for this moment Christ was sent.


Amazing, this is amazing, I stand in awe at the very thought

Amazing, So amazing, The price He paid that my soul might be bought


The eternal immortal Son

Gives up his breath and it is done

Now with His death Sin now  dies

But on the third day He will rise.


Amazing, this is amazing, I stand in awe at the very thought

Amazing, So amazing, The price He paid that my soul might be bought

Amazing, this is amazing, I stand in awe at the very thought

Amazing, So amazing, The price He paid that my soul might be bought


Anthony Foster

August 20, 2020

I Wonder


 

I think on the days gone by and I wonder.

Think of things beyond my eye and I wonder

Think of what I have been spared

Think of what I have not dared

And I wonder.

 

I stand astonished and amazed and I wonder.

At how I can remain unphased and I wonder.

By glories that I may yet gain

As I  marvel at the mere mundane

And I wonder

And I ponder

And I wonder.

 

There are miracles awaiting me

If the unseen I will see

For truth will surely set me free

As I wonder.

 

There is knowing in the doing and I wonder.

In the thing I am pursuing if I wonder

There is  awe in what’s been done

Is that beauty that’s begun

And I wonder.

 

I hear a glory in the call and I wonder.

And on my knees I’ll fall as I wonder.

And all my pondering will fail

And the weight of glory will prevail

And I wonder.

 

I can live and move and be

I can live the mystery

In the maker of eternity

And I wonder

Lost in wonder.

Found in wonder.

 

August 19, 2020

Anthony Foster

 

Slaves to Righteousness




Almighty, Holy, Merciful in Majesty, 

Purchase us out of our sin

Help us serve our master, 

Let us not be respecters of men

Now slaves to righteousness we would be

This is the only way to be set free

 

To persevere in worship

To persevere in praise

With gratitude and hope

Help us to fill our days

 

We go astray so easily, 

and in our idols we confide

Draw us now unto your Self 

Our souls pant to be satisfied

We would abandon our desires

To seek  to burn with holy fires

 

All our affections and our trust

We put in your great grace

Finding our delights in You

May we only seek your face

 

Now slaves to righteousness we would be

This is the only way to be set free

Now slaves to righteousness we would be

This is the only way to be set free

 

Anthony Foster

August 12, 2020 

He makes the Crooked Straight


Trust in the Lord with your whole heart

On your own wisdom do not depend

Acknowledge the Lord in all your ways

And your pathways He’ll unbend

and the crooked shall be made straight,

and the crooked shall be made straight,

and the crooked shall be made straight,

and the rough places plain:

For in His glory God shall reign

 

For every valley shall be exalted,

and every mountain shall be made low:

And the glory of the LORD will be revealed,

All mankind will see it and all will know

 

Oh, the depth, oh the depth of the riches

of the wisdom and knowledge of Yahweh

How unsearchable are His judgments

And how  unfathomable His ways!

For from Him and through Him

and to Him are all things.

To Him be the glory forever.

Amen and amen all creation sings!

 

He makes the Crooked Straight

He makes the Crooked Straight

His glory is forever great

He makes the Crooked Straight

 

Isaiah 40:4-5

Proverbs 3:5-6

Romans 11:33,36

 

Anthony Foster

August 11, 2020

Have Mercy on Me, O God

  



According to your steadfast Love

According to your abundant mercy

Blot out my sin and transgressions

Reveal to me- redemption’s mystery

 

You will not count me as guilty

Though I deserve your holy wrath

You have given the gift of repentance

And placed me on the righteous path

 

I turn helpless to the mercy and love of God

And the blood of Christ I will forever plead

I fall on my faithless face

And I cast myself upon His grace

His blood secures all the mercy I need.

 

For the Lord, the Lord, is  merciful

He is gracious, His anger comes slow

He is faithful, my Lord is faithful

And he delights His mercy to show

 

In steadfast love  he  is abounding

and faithfulness, forgiving iniquity

 and transgression and sin,

but who will by no means clear the guilty.

 

I turn helpless to the mercy and love of God

And the blood of Christ I will forever plead

I fall on my faithless face

And I cast myself upon His grace

His blood secures all the mercy I need.

 

Psalm 51:1; Exodus 34:6–7; Micah 7:18

Anthony Foster

August 11, 2020

I Will Go With Heaven’s Glory


I will go with heaven’s glory , I will go, I will go
And the rest of the story the world will know, all will know

When my Jesus comes for me

From beyond the crystal sea

I’ll step into eternity and I will know.

 

I will go with heaven’s glory, I will go

He will take me to his side from here below

When my Jesus he returns

Wood and hay and stubble burns

Every  hope  for which my heart yearns I shall know.

 

I will go with heaven’s glory I will go

When he comes I’ll leave behind death’s dark shadow

As I sing with heaven’s choir,

Like a chariot of fire

I will rise to my desire and I will go.

 

I will go, I will go, I will go

He shall reap the sacred seeds that  He sows

So my life on Him depends

Jesus is my journeys’s end

With my Jesus I’ll ascend and I will know.

 

Anthony Foster

August 20, 2020

Thursday, August 6, 2020

In Glory I Would Stand

My joy is found in heaven’s heights-Where my Lord rules on His throne

So on its shores I will set my sights-There I’ll know as I am known

Now I will pursue heaven’s mind-And seek a servant’s heart

Then earthy goodness I might find-As I am set apart.

 

For I would fully apprehend-The presence of my King

And there in glory I would stand-To rejoice give thanks and sing

 

The inheritance I’ll one day own-In one sense now is mine

For His favor Christ has shown-As a seal and as a sign

To bask in glory without end-My boast will be complete

His beauty I will comprehend-In his presence at His feet

 

For I would fully apprehend-The presence of my King

And there in glory I would stand-To rejoice give thanks and sing

 

August 7, 2020

Anthony Foster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Come Bless the Great I AM


Come bless the Great I AM with mind and soul and voice
Come joy in the risen lamb and in His name rejoice
Come now and proclaim him King lift up the Sovereign Lord
Of His majesty we sing our hearts in one accord.

Come Bless the Great I AM
Come Bless the Great I AM
Come praise the King of Righteousness
Come Bless the Great I AM

Come Bless the Great I AM, His glory now proclaim
His Gospel rests on the foundation of His name
His worth declare now with the saints above
His Word, His covenant all flow from His great Love

Come Bless the Great I AM
Come Bless the Great I AM
Come praise the King of Righteousness
Come Bless the Great I AM

Come Bless the Great I AM His mercy we confess
Who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness!
His ways are all above our ways all knowledge from Him flows
His judgments are all true, and still His Great grace He bestows

Come Bless the Great I AM
Come Bless the Great I AM
Come praise the King of Righteousness
Come Bless the Great I AM

Anthony Foster
July 29, 2020

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Whatsoever Things

We do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away,
We do not lose heart.    For our inner self is renewed day by day.
An eternal weight of glory  That is far beyond compare
An eternal weight of glory  For us is being  prepared

So looking at the things we cannot see Reveals to us this mystery
Our hearts shall be renewed By the unseen thing we've viewed
As we walk by faith and not by sight The most precious realities
Are made known as we walk in that light The place where a blind man sees.

Chorus
With the eyes of the heart and minds set on things above
Our lives are hid with Christ in God alive in perfect love
Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest,
Whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,
Whatsoever things are lovely, what things are of good report;
If there be any praise, think on these things- they will endure.

As we look not to the things that are seen That are  now passing away
We look to the things that are unseen- on these things our hearts will gaze.
Set our minds on things above The stuff  that life's made of.
Things eternal and abundant Revealed in the light of love

The truth on which we set our sights Beyond our meager gaze
Our courage,  joy and our delight Are found in Jesus' face.
So let light set flight to darkness In our hearts let it shine
With our lips the gospel we confess The knowledge of glory divine.

Chorus
With the eyes of the heart and minds set on things above
Our lives are hid with Christ in God alive in perfect love
Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest,
Whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,
Whatsoever things are lovely, what things are of good report;
If there be any praise, think on these things- they will endure.

(2 Corinthians 4:16–18; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Phil 4:8; Col 3:2-4; Ephesians 1:18)
July 28, 2020
Anthony Foster