He Is Both
He is faithful when His justice falls.
He is faithful when His grace abounds.
He is faithful to those who offer Him their call.
He is both justice and grace, and that truth astounds.
To us, His judgments are unsearchable;
His ways are inscrutable,
but through justice or grace, He is wonderful,
and His sovereignty is irrefutable.
We are all deserving of His wrath,
for us His grace is a gift.
Those who walk with Christ have found the right path,
for only He can, our burdens, lift.
For God provides justice and grace the same,
and He does so to glorify His own Holy Name.
Wisdom and Understanding
It was the command Joshua gave his people when they received their land.
Solomon left it as wisdom for his sons to follow.
Behold! The Lord’s wrath is something against no man can stand.
Better are those who stand in his light and wallow.
When one seeks wisdom,
there is one place to start.
Think what would please the ruler of the Heavenly kingdom,
what would one do if he would chase after God’s heart?
Moses said it was for our survival.
Those who do this receive great goodness.
Our sovereign God has no rival,
and those who see him correctly depart from foolishness.
Fear of the Lord is what wisdom is
For he who turns from evil, understanding is his.
Deliver Me Not Into Temptation
Save me, oh God and deliver me,
for my flesh is weak.
The standard Your Son sets is far from me,
and without Him all my hopes are bleak.
Temptation whispers in my ears.
I see them, though I gouge out my eyes.
Sin promises to remove my fears.
Evil promises to make me wise.
But I need fear nothing when You are with me.
Wisdom is simply a proper fear of You.
Be with me, God, and set me free.
Provide for me a way out, as Your word says You do.
Have mercy on Your creation,
Deliver me not into temptation.
Without Him I would lay down, but never sleep.
Without Him fear ruled in my heart.
Behold the harvest I did reap
when my pride held You apart.
My enemies surrounded me;
each of them lived within my flesh.
My despair was as vast as the sea,
and I awoke every day with my suffering made fresh.
But my pain humbled me,
and I submitted to your Holy Will.
Now my heart is finally free,
for the giants in my heart, you did kill.
Now I sleep when I lie down and night,
and I wake up because of your sustaining light.
Trust In Your Grace
My spirit knows what it should do,
and it is willing.
Yet my flesh is weak, and I seek strength through You
to face the test that I am taking.
The memory of my former self calls
though that sinner was crucified with Your Son.
Let that that former me stay buried, oh Lord, lest temptation befall.
I take comfort, for Jesus faced sin and won.
I trust your grace is sufficient for my needs
and praise your Glorious faithfulness.
Though fleshly temptation still calls me to sinful deeds,
Your spirit calls me to righteousness.
My own evil desires seek to drag me away!
I seek the way out that I might stay faithful today.
How A Man Lives
Let us be filled by Your Spirit through Your scripture;
let this be our morning bread.
Your Word is our plentiful pasture;
your word is how we’re fed.
Our stomachs need protein and grain,
but our spirit’s need for You is greater still.
Those who seek to fill their flesh do so in vain,
but those who seek Your word shall always have their fill.
What good is it to sustain our flesh
if our spirits die of starvation?
Let the Word make our spirits fresh,
and help us grow in sanctification.
Since the time of the Exodus, it has been known
that man doesn’t live by bread alone.
The people did what was evil in the Lord’s sight.
They forgot him and served others.
The Lord gave them to into brutal hands as was his right,
but then sent them a Judge from among their brothers.
The cycle repeated over and again,
Ehud, Shamgar, Deborah, and more,
were sent as prophets, both women and men.
Serve the Lord, God, they did implore.
Each time peace returned for a while.
But then their hearts would return to wicked ways.
So God would place them in circumstances most vile,
and His people would beg for a return to better days.
True, God pushed his people for every crime,
but, after they repented and called on Him, he saved them every time.