God’s Special Mirror

All those who hear the Word of God
But don’t apply its teachings
Soon lose sight of who they are,
With backs turned to God’s mirror.

But blessed are those who hear God’s Word
And put it into practice;
They gaze into God’s special mirror
And see just who they can be.

About This Song:
This song might remind you a tiny bit of another of my songs, “When the Storms Come,” which is based on Matthew 7:24-27–one of Jesus’ parables…

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

“God’s Special Mirror” comes from James 1:23-25…

23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

What about you? Do you listen to God’s Word and then fail to let it change your life? I hope not.

God’s Word provides abundant freedom. Are you enjoying that freedom or have you forgotten what you look like–and what you CAN look like when you’re obedient to God’s Word?

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Roadmap & Compass

Before I start a journey to a
Place I’ve never been before,
I get out the road map and
I plan how best to get there.

But life’s a different type of trip;
The map’s not mine to look at.
I don’t know where Heaven is,
But God will help me find it.

I’m attracted to God’s love
Like a compass to magnetic north;
God knows where I ought to go;
I’ll follow close behind Him.

Life’s a different type of trip;
The map’s not mine to look at.
I don’t know where Heaven is,
But God will help me find it.

Sometimes I get distracted by the
Things this world considers good.
God comes close, His love calls fresh,
And I resume my journey.

Life’s a different type of trip;
The map’s not mine to look at.
I don’t know where Heaven is,
But God will help me find it.

About This Song:
Thank goodness everybody doesn’t use a GPS to find the way to their destinations. Else the words to this song might seem as dated as the reference to trains in some of the old Johnny Cash songs I still enjoy listening to.

Where is Heaven? Is it in some dimension we can’t enter or be part of until we die? Hard to say.

Hard? It’s impossible. No one on earth knows.

Maybe that’s why I’ve used the same idea in “I Believe It!” The third verse of that song says, “Heaven is the home of God; He shares it with believers, though moving there takes a lifetime to do. I cannot claim to tell you just where Heaven is located, but–day by day–I long to see it more.”

God gave us the Bible as the instruction manual for righteous living. But it doesn’t give us step by step instructions for the trip to Heaven. Instead, it tells us that our faith in Jesus is enough to get us there.

The closer we follow His leading, the better. But that doesn’t mean we won’t get distracted and make some wrong turns along the way. When we do, we must draw closer to Him, for He alone knows the way.

Are you on the way to Heaven? Are you counting on God to lead you there? You’ll never be good enough to make it on your own, you know.

 

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He Is Who He Is

He is my rock,
And He is my redeemer.
He is the Way,
The Truth and the Life.

He is the Way,
The Truth and the Life.
He is God’s Son.
He is who He is.

He is my light,
And He is my salvation.
He’s the Good Shepherd,
The Bread of Life.

He’s the Good Shepherd,
The Bread of Life.
He is God’s Son.
He is who He is.

He is the Word
Who was with God in beginning.
He is the Word
Who Himself is God.

He is the Word
Who Himself is God.
He is God’s Son.
He is who He is.

About This Song:
In Exodus 3:14, God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” The same idea, using the Hebrew word translated as “I AM,” is found in numerous places in the Old Testament. When the Jewish people heard that word, they knew it was a reference to the Living God.

As the Son of God, Jesus had the right to refer to Himself as “I AM,” too. Look at these references…
John 6:51:“I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever;”

John 8:23: And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I AM from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.

John 8:12: Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I AM the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

John 8:58: Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”

John 10:9: “I AM the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”

John 10:11: “I AM the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

John 10:36: “Do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?

John 11:25: Jesus said to her, “I AM the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

John 14:6: Jesus said to him, “I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

John 15:1: “I AM the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

John 19:2: Therefore the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, “I am the King of the Jews.”‘”

I AM signifies that God is alive today. He has always been alive and always will be.

That’s the essence of this song. And the fact that I believe it.

But the question is whether you believe God is alive now and whether Jesus is living in you.

rosagus

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Psalm Eight

When I look up into the night skies
And see the wonders that Your hands have made,
I see the moon and I see the stars,
And I marvel that You bother with man.

Yet You made man to be just lower than angels
And put a crown of glory on his head
And You placed him in charge of the whole earth.
May the wonders of Your ways fill the world.

Yes, You made man to be just lower than angels
And put a crown of glory on his head
And You placed him in charge of the whole earth.
May the wonders of Your ways fill the world.

About This Song:
“Psalm Eight” is based on these verses…
3 When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?

5 You have made them a little lower than the angels
    and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under their feet:
7 all flocks and herds,
    and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.

9 Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!
(NIV)

I normally pray while lying in bed going to sleep. One thing I especially like to do then is praise God for everything He is. He is so far beyond my ability to comprehend, and dwelling on that fact helps me to grow in my faith.

I often say something like, “Lord, I can’t see the night skies from my bedroom, but if I could, I would feel just like the Psalmist who wrote Psalm 8.” I proceed to express my marvel that someone as big as He is could care so deeply about someone as small as me.

No wonder this song means so much to me.

The next time you look into the night sky, let the Psalmist’s words–or the lyrics to this song–flow from your heart as you meditate on God’s infiniteness and our finiteness.

~*~

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Assured of Complete Victory

What can separate us
From the love of God’s own Son?
Can hunger or hardship or danger or death itself
Separate us from His love?

I know that nothing can separate us
From the love of God’s own Son.
Not hunger or hardship or danger or death itself
Can separate us from His love.

We are assured of complete victory
Through the power of Jesus’ love.
Love that is greater than life and death
And greater than all things yet to be.

About This Song:
“Assured of Complete Victory” is based on Romans 8:35-39 and is dedicated to an old friend, Isaac “Iggy” Sahhar. Here’s the Scripture from the NIV:

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I’m the first to admit that the way the Bible puts it–no matter which translation you prefer–is more poetic and less repetitive than my version. But I needed a simpler way to state it and hope I’ve succeeded in staying true to the basic idea.

~*~

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His Love Is Eternal

Give thanks to God, for He is so good.
His love is eternal.
His are the mightiest works in the world.
His love is eternal.

Give thanks to God, for He is so good.
His are the mightiest works in the world.

He alone made the earth and the sky.
His love is eternal.
His sun rules the day, and His moon rules the night.
His love is eternal.

He alone made the earth and the sky.
His sun rules the day, and His moon rules the night.

He provides food for all living things.
His love is eternal.
God knows we’re weak, but He gives us strength.
His love is eternal.

He provides food for all living things.
God knows we’re weak, but He gives us strength.

Give thanks to God, for He is so good.
His love is eternal.
His love is eternal.
His love is eternal.

About This Song:
This song comes from various portions of Psalm 136. If you want to add more stanzas, there are plenty of ideas left there to choose from.

One thing that interests me about this Psalm is the way it echoes “His love is eternal” (the phrase differs from translation to translation, of course) after each good thing the Psalmist attributes to God.

One thing I often do before I go to sleep is to try to think about some of the things God has created. But His creations are beyond my knowledge and my ability to count. The old hymn says, “Count your many blessings. Name them one by one.” That’s another of those things I can’t begin to do adequately.

I’m just thankful God is Who He is and loves me enough to make me His child through faith in Jesus Christ. I can’t begin to comprehend that, either, but what a wonderful thing to think about and dwell on.

~*~

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The Manager of Our Marriage

We’re asking you, Lord,
To be a partner in our marriage;
We’re asking you, Lord,
To be the one whose will comes first.
We’re asking you, Lord,
To be the Love and the Truth
That keep us on your Way.
We’re asking you, Lord,
To be the partner in control.

Be the manager of our marriage, Lord;
Be the manager of our home.
Be the manager of our words and deeds;
Our life belongs to You alone.

We’re asking you, Lord,
To be the one who blends our separate styles;
We’re asking you, Lord,
To be the guardian of our hearts.
We’re asking you, Lord,
To be the reason for each
Decision that we make.
We’re asking you, Lord,
To be the partner in control.

Be the manager of our marriage, Lord;
Be the manager of our home.
Be the manager of our words and deeds;
Our life belongs to You alone.

We’re asking you, Lord,
To be the trustee of what we call ours.
We’re asking you, Lord,
To be the keeper of our time.
We’re asking you, Lord,
That you create in us dreams
And values that will last.
We’re asking you, Lord,
To be the partner in control.

Be the manager of our marriage, Lord;
Be the manager of our home.
Be the manager of our words and deeds;
Our life belongs to You alone.

About This Song:
My wife and I had both been married before. But we knew we’d found in one another what we’d lacked in our previous marriages.

We didn’t enter into re-marriage lightly, however. We knew that even though a Christian man needs to be the head of his household, the real head should be God. That’s the only way a man can do his part properly. Or a woman her part.

I wrote this song to use as our wedding song.

We actually enjoyed having two weddings. One in jeans and denim shirts on a Wednesday night during what was normally the prayer service time. (That was the legal one.) The other later that month in a Methodist church in Arkansas–we dressed up for that one–so Kathleen’s family could be present–along with our girls.

We sang this song together both times to an accompaniment I recorded.

If you’re planning on getting married–or if you’re already married–I invite you to consider these lyrics seriously. And to determine who’s in charge of your marriage. Who’s really in charge. And who you want to be.

~*~

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