Friday, June 18, 2021

Tremble at Your Word

I tremble, tremble, tremble
That You call me to resemble
Your One Beloved Son
At this thought I am undone.
I feel precarious in this place
I am daunted by your grace
Your Word is like a two edged sword
As it cuts I am restored.

Lord I tremble at your Word,
Tremble, Tremble.
My soul is sifted and is stirred-And I tremble.
A broken spirit A contrite heart
You’ll not despise, You’ll not depart
Lord I tremble at your Word,
Tremble, Tremble.
I’ve undone by what I’ve heard-And I tremble.

Help me now to walk upright
Oh to become Your delight
Holy Lord how far I feel
I am far from your ideal
My failings make me humble
I’m so sure I will stumble
So help my trembling heart
Strength and courage to impart

Lord I tremble at your Word,
Tremble, Tremble.
My soul is sifted and is stirred-And I tremble.
A broken spirit A contrite heart
You’ll not despise, You’ll not depart
Lord I tremble at your Word,
Tremble, Tremble.
I’ve undone by what I’ve heard-And I tremble.

Psalm 51:17
Isaiah 66:2
Anthony Foster
June 17, 2021

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Come, Broken Sinner


Come, broken sinner, bow your self down
Kneel with your need  right where you are bound
You who are thirsty, come drink your fill
Come find your purpose in the flow of God’s will
This is the glory and this is the song
Sing of the light that saw creation’s dawn
Come to the fountain, and fall on your face
Immerse yourself in the river of grace.

Oh the fountain of mercy flows fast and free
The source of the fountain is from eternity
Your works are futile in heaven’s sight
But abominations are changed in its light

So all those in darkness, all those who thirst
Fill all your vessels until they burst
Flood all your dreams and quench all your pride
Drink of it deeply  till your heart’s satisfied
Come broken sinner, get down on your knees
This is the posture with which God is pleased
This is His glory that you come to this place
To be born of water and the Spirit of Grace

So bring all your sin and bring all your thirst
All you have to offer is to see it immersed
Drink of the fountain, now come taste and see
You can be forgiven, be cleansed and set free.

Luke 16:14–15
Psalm 147:11
Anthony Foster

June 16, 2021 

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Faithful Friend

Well it blows my mind but it soothes my soul
He will be my stay when I go out of control
He was there in the beginning, He’ll be there in the end
I can say “ Almighty God is my faithful friend
Almighty God is my faithful friend
The omnipotent and Holy One
I will lean on Him till the day is done
On His grace and mercy  I can depend
And say “Almighty God is my faithful friend
Almighty God is my faithful friend

Once I hated God and I had no part
But he still pursued me and broke my heart
Now when others forsake me He is my godsend
Because Almighty God is my faithful friend
Almighty God is my faithful friend
Once my friend was my enemy
I was so lost in my fantasy
When His love broke through I could not pretend
Yeah, Almighty God is my faithful friend
Almighty God is my faithful friend

So if God is for me who against me stands?
I am held fast forever within His hands
He’ll be my companion till the bitter end
Yeah, Almighty God is my faithful friend
Almighty God is my faithful friend
The creator and maker of this earth
The whole universe still declares His worth
I’m amazed such a love would condescend
Yet Almighty God is my faithful friend
Almighty God is my faithful friend

He reached down to me from heaven above
My God died for me with the greatest love
Why he laid down His life I can’t comprehend
Still, Almighty God is my faithful friend
Almighty God is my faithful friend
Well it blows my mind but it soothes my soul
He will be my stay when I get out of control 
He was there in the beginning, He’ll be there in the end
I can say “ Almighty God is my faithful friend
Almighty God is my faithful friend
Almighty God is my faithful friend
Almighty God is my faithful friend

Anthony Foster
June 8, 2021

Monday, June 7, 2021

Spirit of Grace


Spirit of Grace make us Holy
Make us to trust in Christ solely
Our hearts sanctify
Our flesh purify
We stand at the throne of grace boldly

Spirit of Grace  now reform us
To the likeness of the Son conform us
Work in us faith 
through the Gospel of grace
With Christ’s righteousness now transform us

Oh Holy Spirit of Grace
Convict us with your kind embrace
Lead us to repent
Our sins to lament
Cleanse us and our guilt erase

Spirit of Grace  our salvation
Our God of all consolation
Your power will suffice 
To point us to Christ
Our hope is His revelation!

Oh Holy Spirit of Grace
Empower us with your embrace
Renew our minds
Our souls refine
Till we see Christ face to face

Hebrews 10:29
June 7, 2021
Anthony Foster

 

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Look Upon Me With Eyes of Mercy

 


O most gracious God and loving Father,
Who knows when I lay down and when I rise
I beseech you Lord as you behold my heart  
To look upon me now with mercy’s eyes.
So, Lord I pray, sanctify  unto me  
The peace that passes understanding’s bounds
That I may have the grace to walk before thee,
To do Your work wherever it is found

Oh look upon me with eyes of mercy, 
This wretched sinner make into a saint
You are near to all who call upon Thee
Strengthen me lest my faith shall faint.

Hasten, Father, the coming of your namesake  
Make me mindful of my final end, 
And of the reckoning that I am then to make
Of how on grace alone  I did depend
And in the meanwhile help me to be careful  
to follow Christ  and walk within His light
So in the regeneration I’ll be prayerful
To walk be faith alone and not by sight
 
Oh look upon me with eyes of mercy, 
This wretched sinner make into a saint
You are near to all who call upon Thee
Strengthen me lest my faith shall faint.

Oh that with Christ, that I may have a portion  
In the resurrection of the just, 
When this mortal life is ended  
To meet the mercy in which I place my trust
All that’s required and necessary for me,  
I humbly beg and crave now from thy hand
These graces, and all other blessings,  
now by your mercy I can rise and stand .
Oh look upon me with eyes of mercy, 
This wretched sinner make into a saint
You are near to all who call upon Thee
Strengthen me lest my faith shall faint.

Anthony Foster
based on a Puritan prayer by Lewis Bayly
June 6, 2021


Monday, May 31, 2021

Lamentation Tonight


I cry out to you within my soul
For life is taking its terrible toll
I am burdened and in pain
My loss surely doesn’t seem like gain
How it came to this I do not know
I am overtaken by this blow
Trouble overwhelms my heart
And the deadly dangers won’t depart

Father I need your deliverance
From my helpless, hapless, hopeless stance
I need the way for you to show
Me in my mourning how to dance
Help me Lord I need You so

Oh this lamentation and this grief
From the searing pain  I need relief
Heal my broken, battered mind
Make obvious what I need to find.
Help me see beyond the tempter’s lies
Help me see hope through tear stained eyes
Help me in my unbelief
Give your gift of grace here in my grief

Father I need your deliverance
From my helpless, hapless, hopeless stance
Me in my mourning how to dance
I need the way for you to show
Help me Lord I need You so

Bridge
My heart and flesh cry out
Wavering in the depths of doubt
My God You are my only need
Pour out your presence now I plead

Father I need your deliverance
From my helpless, hapless, hopeless stance
I need the way for you to show
Me in my mourning how to dance
Help me Lord I need You so
Help me Lord I need You so
Help me Lord I need You so

May 31, 2021
Anthony Foster



 

Friday, May 28, 2021

The Beautiful and Terrible (Fear NOT)

 


The expected and the unexpected give cause to rejoice
They raise a Hallelujah as they lift  our voice
A pure raw jubilation arises in the heart
And gratitude and adoration play in counterpart
There are just as many, even more lamenting loss
Pain that wrenches in the gut over the countless cost
And for all of the questions, answers will not attain
As screams are heard in heaven there is One who feels the pain

Chorus
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, 
For I am your God; so take your stand
I will strengthen you, and help you, do not be afraid
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
The beautiful and terrible are both part of the plan.

This side of the Fall emotions play in paradox
Powerful and plaintive till we end up in a box
Some in celebration, Some in deep despair
The beautiful and terrible dance in polar prayer
For some a sorrow mixed with joy is their reality
Divergent feelings come to play in heady harmony
Both pathos and poignancy  a paradox  complete
As pure emotions juxtapose before the mercy seat

Bridge
Rejoice with those who rejoice and  weep with those who weep
To do them both as unto God  may be faith’s greatest leap
For only wind beneath our wings can help us thus to fly
The breath of GOD shall carry us to places left untried.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, 
For I am your God; so take your stand
I will strengthen you, and help you, do not be afraid
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
The beautiful and terrible are both part of the plan.

James 4:9
Deuteronomy 32:39
Isaiah 41:10
Isaiah 45:7
Anthony Foster
May 28, 2021