Eleven-Six

It’s foolishness to think
Making sacrifices is enough to
Please God, as though the
One who allows the
Sun to rise in the east and
Set in the west
Is starving for food or attention like a
Baby squalling for momma.
Look at His magnificent radiance,
Enveloped in storm clouds and fire.

What could you possibly bring,
Infinitesimal though it may be,
That He would accept?
How could He want anything
Out of weak, nanoscopic
Us?
There is a sacrifice He will accept:

Full-hearted, raucous thanksgiving,
Acknowledging His mercy and goodness
In all He gives, especially His glad welcome
To all who throw off everything for
Him.

5-1-2019

Prompt

Drink With Joy (Isaiah 12)

Thank You, Father, for giving me peace
Your holy anger has been turned away
I trust in You, and You calm my fears
Let all the earth join us and say:

Drink with joy, the fountain’s flowing freely
Gladly draw from the well of His grace
For Yah is my strength and my song:
To His name we will sing out our thanks

Thank You, Jesus, for giving Yourself
To be offered on the altar in my place
I look to You, and You make me new
Let all the earth sing of His grace!

Drink with joy, the fountain’s flowing freely
Gladly draw from the well of His grace
For Yah is my strength and my song:
To His name we will sing out our thanks

Thank You, Spirit, for opening my eyes
To see the glory of the Triune One
I walk in You, and You lead me on
Let all the earth hear Your sweet song!

Drink with joy, the fountain’s flowing freely
Gladly draw from the well of His grace
For Yah is my strength and my song:
To His name we will sing out our thanks

11-11-2015

Thankful (Duodora)

I’m so thankful
The list of Hebrews Eleven
Includes Gideon,
Ignoring all his
Wooly, dewy doubts,
The hushed chopping down of Asherah poles,
But points our gaze instead to active faith.

I’m so thankful
Though Gideon I am
He is still faithful
He is still the same
He still accepts all
My stumbling, faltering, and failing faith
Gives me His righteousness and takes my place.

2-16-2016

Thanksgiving (Rondel)

Give thanks to God, for He is good;
His hesed endures forever.
In His arms He’ll gladly gather
All His children bought by His blood.

Filling the sin-rent breach He stood
To bring those far off together.
Give thanks to God, for He is good;
His hesed endures forever.

No word, no lie, no somber mood,
No sword, no sin, no guilt can sever
Nor earthly joy please us better
That from His love we should be moved.
Give thanks to God, for He is good;
His hesed endures forever.

Hesed is a common term in the Old Testament, variously translated as “faithful love,” “steadfast love,” “lovingkindness,” etc. It’s covenantal, loyal, persistent love–the kind of love God has for His people and enables them to have for Him and one another.

11-28-2014

Odd Couple

A common theme encountered in the Psalms is that of the confidence of God’s people and the terror of His enemies (either real or expected).

Psalm 114 is an interesting variation on this theme: the redeemed are the ones terrified.

The Psalm seems to be arranged in three sections:

I. Salvation from Egypt to Canaan (1-2)

II. Creation’s Terror (3-6)

III. Commanded Trembling

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