They took the ark and thought themselves mighty,
but even their own god fell on its face before it.
They were stricken hard by the hand of the Almighty,
indeed the people of every city they sent the ark grew sick.
They knew the source of their pain,
and returned it to the people of Israel.
But their hardened hearts remained the same,
And when they thought to test God again, the fell.
Their god and three cities suffered at the God’s hands,
so they must have seen His power.
Yet they still thought to invade Israel’s lands,
rather than repent in that same hour.
They never once thought to look at the cause of their fault.
Instead they kept attacking God’s people, and they kept getting the same result.
I seek you, Lord, that I might rest.
This world offers me tribulation.
Yet You have overcome, so we are blessed.
For your work, we offer our dedication.
Let us not grow weary,
so we might reap if we don’t quit.
Even when our eyes grow bleary,
We can carry on if you permit.
We who wait for You may have our strength renewed.
We shall walk and not faint.
So we offer Him our gratitude,
and do his work with joy and not complaint.
We lay our burdens on You,
so that You might use us to accomplish all You want to do.
He Prepares Us
Joseph was sold,
and his master put him in charge of the household.
The master put him in prison because of what he was told,
and the keeper put him in charge of all the prisoners, young and old.
The Lord was with him,
and whatever Joseph did, the Lord made it succeed.
But these trials weren’t on a whim,
they were preparation for a future deed.
For he was called to manage Egypt’s food
when the land was in need.
So all the suffering that had ensued,
prepared Joseph for that time indeed.
Though men treated him with what evil they could,
God never failed to use it for His good.
How I See the One He Gave Me
Behold, you are beautiful, my love.
Behold, you are beautiful.
God has blessed me form above,
With a wife who’s loving and wonderful.
She has captivated my heart
with one glance of her eyes.
I knew she was for me from the start,
and, together, we would spend the rest of our lives.
Her love is a well,
from which I drink deeply.
Fear of lonely nights, she did quell,
and I rejoice for her greatly.
How precious is the gift You gave.
May we love one another until we sleep in our grave.
He Is Lord
Praise him who is Lord of the Sabbath.
Praise him who was chosen to rule over everything.
The day will come when he returns in wrath,
and all knees will bow before the King.
He and the Father are one,
and he gives eternal life.
He was crucified for what we have done,
but he was risen, so we can be free of strife.
For we are one under him.
His obedience covered our iniquity.
Without his life, our world is dim.
Without his grace, we have no certainty.
Peace and Grace to those who follow the Lord.
For those who do so will surely receive their reward.
Why We Can Be Well
We were redeemed with precious blood.
We are dead to sin and alive in righteousness.
Though we face trials of fire or flood.
We rejoice, for our endurance is proof of our faithfulness.
God gives us peace like a river.
This assurance surpasses all comprehension.
Even undeserving, we were cleansed by our redeemer.
Though blameless, he died without hesitation.
We take comfort that we shall always be with Him.
We give thanks to His name.
We anticipate fully knowing, though our current vision is dim,
for our debt was taken by Him who is without blame.
This is why it is well.
This is why it is well.
Fools For Him
We are fools for Him
We let go the need to seem wise in a man’s eyes.
A man’s opinion might change on a whim,
but we look to God, who is wise beyond wise.
We don’t demand signs,
but they are there if one just tries to see.
For any who seek will surely find.
But those who refuse to look will never be free.
We don’t debate wisdom.
Because God’s foolishness is still greater.
For God’s rule is above the highest earthly kingdom,
and he has no need for any debater.
So we let go and focus on His grace.
We rely on Him and keep our faith.