Remnant, Too (Monchielle Stanza)

See my earlier meditation on Zechariah 9:7 here.

“They, too, will become a remnant for our God!”
But they’re pagans–filthy, God-hating pagans!
How can a foreigner survive Your great wrath?
What is left when the heaped-up silver is gone?
Who rises once crushed as tasteless salt thrown out?

“They, too, will become a remnant for our God!”
But will there be enough room to fit them in?
This tree is full of branches (but not of fruit);
Just how could a cultivated tree accept the wild?
What possible good could come from this pursuit?

“They, too, will become a remnant for our God!”
I see now how Your holiness brings them in:
You wipe away Baal’s oblations’ blood-stains
And floss the unclean meat from between their teeth
And take upon Yourself Your own judgment’s pain.

“They, too, will become a remnant for our God!”
This is no Bethlehem inn–room aplenty!
LIke Jericho’s defense lies the middle wall.
Instead of fighting nature, new ones given
So both wild and tame have the same Lord of all!

5-7-2015

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Yet Far Off (Zanze)

Abba, Father, can You hear me?
Did the ships make it to Tarshish
And carry me beyond Your reach,
Beyond the jaws of Your great fish?

Abba, Father, can You
Slap these husks from my hands
And feed me with real food?
Make this pig slop be bland?

Abba, Father,
Bring me back home;
There’s no other
Place now to go.

Abba,
I can now see
You always hear cries of,
“Abba, Father, can You hear me?”

12-1-2014

Inspired by Psalm 7 in Harps Unhung.

Prayer

Holy and holy-making Father,

You have made all things,
and You made them all very good.
In all the vast universe and everything in it that You made,
what is man, that You remember us?
Who are we, that You care for us?

You honored Adam so highly when You made him,
making him just lower than the angels for a short time.
You loved him beyond any other creature,
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You even gave him dominion and rule over all You had made,
subjecting everything under his feet.

Adam sinned against You, and we all suffer the reign of sin.
We know what we should see, but we do not yet see everything subjected to man.
But You did not abandon us to the curse of sin and the fury of judgment,
because we do see Your Son Jesus.

Jesus too was made lower than the angels for a short time,
but instead of sinning He tasted death for everyone;
dying for sinners to be forgiven,
He received a crown of glory and honor
because of the reward of His suffering of death.

It was perfectly fitting in Your plan to bring many sons to glory,
that the One who saves us would be made perfect for us through suffering for us.
You are His Father, and You have adopted us to become our Father;
Jesus is not ashamed to call us His brothers.

In fact, Jesus gladly leads us to worship You, Father.
He proclaims Your name to us brothers,
and leads us in singing hymns to You when we gather.
He shows us by His perfect life what it is to say,
“I will trust in You, Father.”
He is even proud of us, gladly associating with us:
“Look, Abba! Look at all the children You gave Me!”

Look at how great a love the Father has given us,
that we should be called God’s children.

And we are!

Hallelujah! Oh, hallelujah!

‘What is man, that You remember him,
or the son of man, that You care for him?
You made him lower than the angels for a short time;
You crowned him with glory and honor
and subjected everything under his feet.’

For in subjecting everything to him, He left nothing not subject to him. As it is, we do not yet see everything subjected to him. But we do see Jesus–made lower than the angels for a short time so that by God’s grace He might taste death for everyone–crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death.

For it was fitting, in bringing many sons to glory, that He, for whom and through whom all things exist, should make the source of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For the One who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. That is why He is not ashamed to call them brothers, saying:

‘I will proclaim Your name to my brothers;
I will sing hymns to You in the congregation.’

Again, ‘I will trust in Him.’ And again, ‘Here I am with the children God gave Me.’

Hebrews 2:b-13 HCSB

 

Look at how great a love the Father has given us, that we should be called God’s children. And we are! 1 John 3:1 HCSB