Quicksand Melody (Terza Rima)

Quicksand still caked in crevices and crannies,
I stand slack-jawed, sure-footed, on solid stone.
You came for me, reaching from the heavenlies.

A song of such deep happiness You composed
And placed within my still gaping mouth,
With desire that others make the song their own.


What is a Terza Rima?


The satisfying, terrifying metallic cadence
of racking a shotgun;
The slide of a pistol clicking into place
as a fresh round chambers;
The rasp of a sword leaping from its scabbard
to glint and guard and gash;

The push-button remoteness of planes and tanks
sending ordnance at unseenly distant foes;
The incendiary horrors of missiles and bombs
exploding in shrapnel and shock;
The corporeal shove of cannon rending
ground and sky with manmade thunder and lightning;

All these cower
whimpering, inadequate,
Outmannd and outgunned
Before superior armament
Disguised in weakness:


Psalm 50

I don’t need all your offering
I’m not fed with the bulls you bring
What satisfies Me deeper still
Is thankful keeping of My will.

A thousand hills and forests, too
Are there if I ever needed food
I would rather have in its place
A desperate soul crying out for grace

In thundering fire, in flaming storm
With holy glory I’m adorned
My justice sung in heaven above
The one who thanks Me shows Me love

O wicked man, just who are you?
I see all that you’re up to
You like to quote chapter and verse
You think I’ll let you keep getting worse

You won’t be taught, you close your ears
When I speak, you refuse to hear
You’re best friends are rakes and thieves
But I will bring you all to grief

In thundering fire, in flaming storm
With holy glory I’m adorned
My justice sung in heaven above
The one who thanks Me shows Me love


Return to Me

Return to Me
Zechariah 1:1-6

When we walked in our own ways
Your anger burned against our sin
We ignored Your holy word
And closed our hearts time and again

“Return to Me,” You would say;
“Return to Me, I’ll make you new;
Return to Me,” You would say,
“And I will return to you.”

Now in You we’re born again
And through Your Son we can draw near
But we still stumble and fall
And our weak hearts rejoice to hear

“Return to Me,” You still say;
“Return to Me, I’ve made you new;
Return to Me,” You would say,
“My Spirit lives in you.”

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Music Monday: Release Me From This Snare by Beautiful Eulogy

It’s not often that Music Monday will come with free albums, but the extremely generous gents from Beautiful Eulogy have made the entire album Instruments of Mercy for download at Noisetrade. (Their debut album, Satellite Kite, is also available at Noisetrade.)

Both the song and the video (above) masterfully present the plea of the repentant believer. Verse 1 begins with Psalm 32:5 ESV, “I acknowledged my sin to You, and I did not cover my iniquity.” The verse then discusses the reality that God already sees and knows all things; hiding from Him is as foolish as it is impossible.

The twin extremes of repentance are flippancy and wallowing. Beautiful Eulogy expertly navigate between these dangers by taking sin seriously, but by finding hope in Jesus’ cleansing and forgiveness.

Give me the faith to believe what You say
And to trust in Your word when I’m tempted to stray
And to patiently wait for the day You return
I hate my sin; it burns


Oh God, my sin is great–there’s no escaping it
I hate my sin but I still partake in it

I begin to better understand confession
When I understand the weight of my sin and its effect
How it’s a direct revelation of my selfishness
And recognize God’s correct assessment
I don’t have to hide behind my own pride
Tear myself up from the guilt inside
Because I’ve been given everything I’ve ever needed
To stand clean and forgiven when I received Jesus

Please, please take advantage of an album that is food and medicine for your soul. These men passionately love Jesus and are world-class wordsmiths.