Shout for Joy

My Song Lyrics

Our King has broken the chains
That kept us bound to sin
Our Savior has died for us
To give us life again
He saved us with the power of His name
Now and forever let His saints proclaim

Our Lord lives
Our God reigns
He rules with justice
Mercy and grace
So lift Your voice
All people rejoice
Make a joyful noise
And shout for joy

Our God calls for the harvest
Fields of mercy He’s sown
Our redeemer ransomed us
He has made us His own
He saved us with the power of His word
Now and forever let our voices be heard

Our Lord lives
Our God reigns
He rules with justice
Mercy and grace
So lift Your voice
All people rejoice
Make a joyful noise
And shout for joy

Let all who take refuge
In the Lord sing His praises
For He’s mighty to save
He is the rock of ages

Our Lord lives
Our God reigns
He rules with justice
Mercy and grace
So lift Your voice
All people rejoice
Make a joyful noise
And shout for joy

Psalm 5:11 – “Let all who take refuge in You (the Lord) rejoice – let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread Your protection over them, that all who love Your name may be filled with joy.”

Home is…

Poetry

Where my lonliness will be filled with His immediate and intimate presence.

Where my arms will close about Him at last, never to let go.

Where my eyes will see Him face to face.

Where my soul will hear and say what words can’t communicate.

Where His hand will never leave mine.

Where darkness will be overcome by light.

Where grief and despair will be swallowed up by real and lasting life.

Where hope is seen to be real and dreams are true.

Where my heart will know the vast reaches for His love.

Where love is ever green and never fades but grows every day.

Call Me “Abba”

God Letters

“Though you have never known the love of an earthly father – yet I am Father to the fatherless. Though you often feel like an orphan, left all alone in this world – yet I am He who places the lonely in families and I have brought you into Mine. I am your everlasting Father and you are My child. Even before you were born this was My desire: to treat you as My child by adopting you as My own through the gift of My Son. I brought you to Myself and put the Spirit of My Son in your heart longing to hear you call Me, “Abba” (daddy, papa) for the rest of eternity. You are the delight of My eyes and the song of joy on My lips. With all My heart I want to give you the best of all I have made, but first I give to you Myself in My beloved Son. You are in Him and He is in Me – never to be separated.”

~Wonderful Counselor, Almighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace

(Isaiah 9:6, Jeremiah 3:19, Galatians 4:5-6, i John 3:1, Psalm 68:5)

That Day (Home)

My Song Lyrics

Come near to me
Lord, I need to feel You here
Come breathe in me
Gently wipe away my tears
Come fill this longing
That floods this aching heart
I need to see
Need to be where You are

I want to gaze into Your face
Feel the warmth of Your embrace
Oh my God, how I ache for that day
So I sing amazing grace
To the One who took my place
Oh my God, I will praise Your name
As I wait for home

Come speak to me
Let Your voice ring through my soul
Come move in me
And let Your glory make me whole
Come set me free
From everything that keeps me bound
In You only
Is my home to be found

I want to gaze into Your face
Feel the warmth of Your embrace
Oh my God, how I ache for that day
So I sing amazing grace
To the One who took my place
Oh my God, I will praise Your name
As I wait for home

And I know You will come for me soon
So hold me in Your hands until then
Oh, Jesus, my only desire is
To see You coming again

I want to gaze into Your face
Feel the warmth of Your embrace
Oh my God, how I ache for that day
So I sing amazing grace
To the One who took my place
Oh my God, I will praise Your name
As I wait for home

Crash Down on Me (Breathe)

My Song Lyrics

Your love is like the ocean
It’s more vast than any eye scan see
And once it’s put in motion
It’s powerful and overwhelming
Oh, God, I long to dive in so deep
Into this great mystery

Crash down on me
Break over me
Flood my soul with the light of Your glory
Come surround me
Saturate me
Sweep me away in light of Your mercy
Oh, let me drown in You
As I breathe

Your grace is like the heavens
Showers of blessing pour out on me
And in my heart Your voice beckons
As I step into the tsunami
Oh, God, I long to be blown away
By You every single day

Crash down on me
Break over me
Flood my soul with the light of Your glory
Come surround me
Saturate me
Sweep me away in light of Your mercy
Oh, let me drown in You
As I breathe

The waves and the thunder
Echo in my heart
May all I am be undone
By all that You are
And wash away the dark

Crash down on me
Break over me
Flood my soul with the light of Your glory
Come surround me
Saturate me
Sweep me away in light of Your mercy
Oh, let me drown in You
As I breathe

Stay by My Side

My Song Lyrics

See me wander in the darkness
See me shiver in the cold
See me stumble, oh, I’m falling
See me dying in my soul
Feel the fear that chases me
Won’t You come quickly (and)

Stay by my side
I… don’t want to hide no more
Stay by my side
‘Cause You said I was worth dying for

I see You, light in the darkness
You’re my shelter from the cold
Though I stumble, I’m not falling
You breathe life into my soul
All the fear that chases me
Runs from You completely (so)

Stay by my side
I… don’t want to hide no more
Stay by my side
‘Cause You said I was worth dying for

All the darkness in this world
can’t run from You
Lord, make me new again
All the evil in this world
can’t hide from You
Lord, show me truth again

Stay by my side
I… don’t want to hide no more
Stay by my side
‘Cause You said I was worth dying for

John 8:12 – “Jesus again spoke saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

Psalms 61:4 – “Let me dwell in Your tent forever; Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings.”

God is for Us – Romans 8:31-32

Mini Sermon

Romans 8:31-32 – “What then shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all – how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?”

The almighty God who made heaven and earth (Psalms 121:2), who put the stars in place and calls them all by name (Psalms 147:4), who made us and placed us in the time and place that He determined (Acts 17:26) – this same God who knows all things (John 21:17) and upholds all things by he word of His power (Hebrews 1:3) – the one and only true and living God who foreknew us, chose us, saved us, sanctifies us, and promises us glory in Him (Romans 8:29-30) – this same God works everything out for our good (Romans 8:28). He is for us, He is on our side. As Scripture says, “For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory. (Deut. 20:4)”. Be they enemies of fear, doubt, anxiety, worry, depression, despair, anger, sin, the world, or the devil. For as Scripture says, “greater is He (God) who is in you than he (the devil) who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)”. Therefore, do not be afraid of your enemies or the things you see happen all around you for God has given you victory (Deut. 3:2). He will go before you and guard behind you (Isaiah 52:12). Do not be afraid of the things that come against you to rob you of your joy and peace for God has given you victory over them and they shall not stand against you (Joshua 10:8). As Scripture says, “no weapon formed against you shall prosper. (Isaiah 54:17)”. Not trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword (Romans 8:35). For despite all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. (Romans 8:37).

God gave His own Son for us, He humbled Himself and died for us. Therefore, dare we doubt that He will take care of us? Dare we doubt that He will give us the things we need and abundantly pour His blessings out on us? As Jesus said, “what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! (Matt 7:9-11)”. God has already given us Himself, will He not take care of every other need? He is Jehovah-Jireh, God-provider (Genesis 22:14). As Scripture says, “God will supply all your needs according to His glorious riches (Philippians 4:19)”. Therefore, “don’t be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make you requests known to God (Philippians 4:6) and “do not worry saying, “what shall we eat” or “what shall we drink” or “what shall we wear” for… God knows that you need these things (Matthew 6:31-32)”. Do not fear the present or the future for God has declared the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:9-10). The Lord says to you, “Be still and know that I am God. I will be honored by every nation. I will be exalted in all the world. (Ps 46:10)”. Remember that though in this world we will have trouble (John 16:33), God gives us His peace (John 14:27) and what we do suffer is not worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed in us (Romans 8:18) for suffering produces perseverance, character, and hope that will not let us down because of God’s love which He has poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who lives in us (Romans 5:3-5).

Point to Ponder

What has you worried and anxious right now? Something in your life or on the news? When fear starts to choke you, say to yourself “God is in control and He will take care of me.” Is there some area of your life where you have been needing victory? Then take heart and cling to the promises He has made in His word, knowing that He is at work right now in your life and on your behalf to lift you up and give you that victory.

Therefore, let us pray, “Our great God, maker of heaven and earth, who loved us and ransomed us and calls us by name – thank You for who You are and for everything that You’ve done for us. Help us to remember that all things were made by You, through You, and for You – that You are ever in absolute control of everything. Help us to rest in the myriad of promises You have given in Your word. Lord, right now we claim victory over fear and oppression, over anxiety and depression, over temptation and habitual sin, and over the world and the devil. For You have promised to be with us forever (John 14:16), so who shall separate us from Your love (Romans 8:35-39)? When the enemy begins to whisper lies and doubts and fears into our hearts and minds, Lord, remind us again of the price that You paid to save us – not mere silver or gold, but the precious blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19). Remind us that the final victory is Yours as You have declared for You have conquered sin, death (1 Corinthians 15:57, 2 Timothy 1:10), Satan, and the world (John 16:33). Therefore, oh God, all our hope is in You and we wait on You. Amen.”

At the Sound of Your name

My Song Lyrics

Jesus, name above all names
To You every knee will bow
Jesus, God alone unchanged
We joy to confess You now
For Your name You conquered the grave
And it’s by Your name we are saved

When we call on Your name
Love flows within
And hope lives again
Let Your saints proclaim
Darkness hides
And death finally dies
At the sound of Your name

Jesus, it is You we claim
Your blood takes away our sin
Jesus, holy lamb that was slain
Lord, draw us to You again
For Your name is the gift You gave
That by Your name we’d be saved

When we call on Your name
Love flows within
And hope lives again
Let Your saints proclaim
Darkness hides
And death finally dies
At the sound of Your name

Jesus Christ – Savior and King
That’s what Your name means
Grace and life is what You bring
You make our hearts sing

When we call on Your name
Love flows within
And hope lives again
Let Your saints proclaim
Darkness hides
And death finally dies
At the sound of Your name

Phil. 2:9-11 – “God exalted Him and gave Him a name that is above all names that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”

Acts 4:12 – “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

Not Slaves to Fear – Romans 8:15-16

Mini Sermon

Romans 8:15&16 – “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our Spirit that we are children of God.”

Once we were slaves, every one of us. We were slaves to sin and to the desires of our sinful nature. Jesus said, “anyone who sins is a slave of sin. A slave does not belong to a family permanently, but a son belongs there forever. If the son sets you free then you will be really free. (John 8:36)”. God has set us free through Christ, as Scripture says, “we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that… we should no longer be slaves to sin… (Romans 6:6)” and by giving us His Holy Spirit, for Scripture also says, “where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. (2 Corinthians 3:17)”. Since we are now free from sin, having been ransomed by the precious blood of Christ, we can be free from fear – fear of death, of punishment, of the future and everything we can’t control. We have no reason to fear any longer. As God’s children we need not fear death since it is not final, we need not fear God and His judgment upon sin for we are now His children made righteous by the blood of the Lamb, and we need not fear what the future may bring for we know that God holds the future and us in His hands. For not only did God free us from our slavery to sin, but He also brought us into His family. He is our Father and He loves us very much, so we know that He will take care of us and we can rest in Him. He knows His plans for us and they are good, they are plans for our hope of the future (Jeremiah 29:11). God gives us His Holy Spirit to seal us and keep us and to comfort and reassure us with His presence. Because we have received God’s Holy Spirit, who lives in us, we have an intimate and loving relationship with the Father. The Spirit confirms this to us by producing fruit in our lives (Galatians 5:22-23) – by working in and through us.

Point to Ponder

Are you still living in fear? Still living in sin? If you have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and savior, then you can be set free from those things. For God did not give you a spirit of timidity, but of power (2 Timothy 1:7) and “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)”. Are you ready to be free from sin and to know for certain that you are God’s child?

Let us pray, “Our God, the only true and living God, we are so amazed by You. For You died to redeem us and by Your precious blood You freed us from sin and death. You have given us of Your Spirit that we may know You and be conformed to Your image. Be at work in us, Lord, and help us to follow You. Produce Your fruit in our lives that we might be certain that we are Yours. Help us to trust in You and reject fear. Thank You for making us Yours and for giving us Your Holy Spirit. Amen.”

Shout for Joy

My Song Lyrics

Our King has broken the chains
That kept us bound to sin
Our Savior has died for us
To give us life again
He saved us with the power of His name
Now and forever let His saints proclaim

Our Lord lives
Our God reigns
He rules with justice
Mercy and grace
So lift Your voice
All people rejoice
Make a joyful noise
And shout for joy

Our God calls for the harvest
Fields of mercy He’s sown
Our redeemer ransomed us
He has made us His own
He saved us with the power of His word
Now and forever let our voices be heard

Our Lord lives
Our God reigns
He rules with justice
Mercy and grace
So lift Your voice
All people rejoice
Make a joyful noise
And shout for joy

Let all who take refuge
In the Lord sing His praises
For He’s mighty to save
He is the rock of ages

Our Lord lives
Our God reigns
He rules with justice
Mercy and grace
So lift Your voice
All people rejoice
Make a joyful noise
And shout for joy

Psalm 5:11 – “Let all who take refuge in You (the Lord) rejoice – let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread Your protection over them, that all who love Your name may be filled with joy.”