A Voice

A voice cries out in the wilderness

Make way for the Lord

Speak up for those without a voice

Defend the poor whose rights are violated

Their voice too often falling to the ground

The destitute stand helpless

Unless you take your stand on their behalf

Give voice to their cry

Give strength to their legs

Take them from where they can’t walk

To running their race

Every child created by God

Made in His image

Has a right to be safe

A right to be heard

A right to live

Wisdom cries out

Hear my voice

Speak to me

Know me

Treasure my instructions 

They are life to those that find them

The gems the poor need to hear

These pearls of wisdom

You must freely give

These words are the words 

You are to live by 

These words are the words

You are to speak  

Remember

I don’t want a light grip of You

Or a small grasp of who You are

I don’t want a dim view of how

Beautiful You truly are

To see You

Knowing

The power of Your love

The depth you sunk to

To pay the price 

You paid for me

Jesus

I remember You

And testify of who You are

The Son of God

Risen Saviour 

I will tell the world of

Your great redeeming love

Put your hope in God

Washed up

Wiped out

There’s always hope

Even when the tree has fallen 

And it’s stump lays dead within the ground

Just the scent of water

Is enough for it to bud again

New shoots will grow

A planting of the Lord instead

Even when my heart fails

And I feel as if I’m abandoned

Gods love will never fail

He will finish what He began

My hope is this

I know He can

My faith is this

I know He will

So I will fight

The good fight of faith

Taking hold of this eternal life

I will fight for hope and not surrender

To discouragement knocking at my door

Though I feel as if I’m drowning

God rules the waves and seas

Jesus calms the troubled waters 

As deep cries out to deep

My song of praise

In surrender

A sacrifice rising higher than this heavy load

Even with a deadly wound

I remember who conquered the grave

I will preach to my soul

Why are you downcast?

Put your hope in God 

I will preach to my soul

Put your hope in God

The crucible

In the crucible

Through the fire

The tests of faith do rage

Out of this melting pot

Pure gold will come

As pure as gold can be

All scum and dross

Sifted out

The old man lies powerless

In his grave

The new man raised victorious

The old has gone

The new has come

Death finally swallowed up

Through Christ’s unfailing love

The glorious riches of this mystery 

Revealed

That Christ 

The hope of glory 

Now lives in me

Change

The earth lies warm

While the leaves cover it

Waiting for a blanket of snow

Seasons come and go

The warm days

The cool nights

The wind blows

The rain falls

Reminding me

How constant change surrounds me

There’s beauty and wonder

There’s order in it all

Within this magnificent order

Organic life flows

Making me aware 

Of my need to trust

Because

I don’t know 

Which way the wind will blow

But I know the One

Who created it’s breath

While He holds the wind

In His hand

He never lets me go

The sweetest kiss

Do you want 

The rarest and most beautiful of treasures?

Do you want

To know the power that lies behind them?

Wisdom

She’s the one with the sweetest kiss on my lips

Crying out on my busy street

Pointing me to future hope

Where promises are fulfilled

And faith is rewarded

With knowing God

Wisdom

She reaches out to take my hand

And places it in the hand of God

So together our hearts are glad  

The best of You

The worst of me

Can’t get to the bottom of

The best of You 

Such is the power of 

Your redeeming love

You paid a debt

I couldn’t pay

I was sold out to sin

Lost in evil

You bought me back

Rescued me 

From the darkest pit

Delivered me from death itself

Jesus

Such is the power of

Your redeeming love

The end is near

The silent platforms

Bear witness

To a fading dawn

As a reminder of an age

That is drawing near the end

The crush of darkness

Will soon be swept away

As the brightness of a new dawn

Begins to rise

Politicians and corporates

One day will cease

They’ll be driven

With all their power and authority

Down upon their knees

The brands and labels

Slick and savvy

With all the gold that glitters

Flashing around our heads

Will finally loose its lustre

As filthy lucre falls 

No more to rise upon a drunken bed

The depth of darkness 

To where man has sunk

The blood

The poison

The death 

The rage

Leaves this world

Encaged

Barren and ablaze

The new heaven

The new earth

Will eclipse this falling star

Till that day

Multitudes stand waiting

For God’s people to arise

To shine into this darkened hole

With the glory of Christ the risen King

His power 

Releases imprisoned slaves

And sets the captives free

His love

Melts the bars of bronze

To lead those out of darkness

Where His living light

Can open the eyes of all who want to see

Call upon His name

Confess that Christ is Lord

For the Saviour of the world

Appeared and destroyed the devil’s work

He will deliver you 

From that dreadful day

So humbly bow your knee  

Come to Jesus now

This glorious King 

Longs to set you free

Guard your heart

How quickly you forget

Heart of mine

To the throne of grace

Be ushered back

The place where you belong

The truth embedded in your mind 

Though you quote so well

Will never be enough

It’s in your heart 

That’s where truth must come alive

For out of the heart

Life’s issues flow

So above all else guard your heart

For it is the wellspring of your life