Sunday, July 27, 2014

"Four Hundred & Fifty Prophets of Baal"

Though the sacrifice I offered
seemed to be weak
God sent His fire
for covenant He keeps.
It was a time of great victory
as I stood in faith
And called upon the Lord
firmly in place.
Because God was for me
to establish His name
Dispelling the darkness
spreading His fame.
Steady I moved
boldly I spoke
Eyes were opened
hearts filled with hope.
Four hundred and fifty 
prophets of Baal
Were slain and defeated
yet I thought, 'did I fail?'
Enemies threatened
Spewing their lies
 I journeyed from here
and prayed I might die.
Weary from the battle
I laid down and slept
I felt all alone
discouraged, I wept.
The Lord spoke to me
again, I'd arise
To go in the power
He would provide.
 I gained a little strength
I hid in a cave
But His wind overtook me
I heard the Ancient of Days.
'For there are still those
I would choose to anoint
To give what I've given
through those I appoint.'
There are rivers in the desert
food I did not know
With which the Father fed me
His mercy and grace to show.
Never has He left me
His Spirit lives inside
And so it is I find myself
under His wings to hide.
Angels surrounding, ministering
comforting, lifting my grief
Encouraged again in God's presence
as my eyes gaze on Him from His feet.
Only one thing I desire
and that with all my heart I will seek
To dwell in the house of the Lord all my days
beholding His beauty, complete.
That I may fully know Him
even as I am known
Hidden in His pavilion
singing praises for the goodness He's shown.
So in quietness and confidence
upon the Lord I wait
For it is He who makes me fearless
rearranging, crooked places made straight.
For surely there is One calling
the way of the Lord to prepare
Who comes to uphold His beloved
His right arm to bear.
For He shall receive His inheritance
with righteousness the nations to judge
The same yesterday, today and forever
Who will be, Who is, Who was.
Once again with my life on the alter
burning flames ignite
Stirring in me a passion
beholding a magnificent sight.
It is Him, my King and Savior
with a scepter in His hand
Unto me extended
to go and enforce His commands.
I saw utter annihilation of enemies
but His own I saw arise
Light and joy and gladness
replacing every cry.
For Father found a remnant
falling on their knees
A heavenly army answering
to set the captives free.
We declare we are not among them
the call of God to refuse
Our long-suffering Lord is not willing
even one to lose.
And so, we stand in agreement
boldly approaching His throne
In humility and complete dependence
where grace and mercy are shown.
He is our victorious Warrior
Jesus is our soon coming King
And we bear the seal of redemption
one, His song we sing.
Holy, holy, holy
His glory fills the earth
And that which He has spoken
is surely brought to birth.
Mysteries of Heaven
incense, the fragrance of Christ
Purging me, refining
expressing truth and light.
Though His ways are many and varied
scattering and planting seed
The Word of God He's given
accomplishing what He would please.
Receive all glory and honor
the Name above all names
Through all that You have given
touch this life You gave.
What am I but a broken vessel
whom You cause to hear Your words
Beautifying by Your hand
as at Your wheel I turn.
Father, give me utterance
untie my tongue to speak
Even as You fill my mouth
from wellsprings running deep.
You are the God of all creation
giving wisdom and skill to create
For Your determined purpose
in Christ and for Your sake.
Open eyes that have been sleeping
that we'd be wide awake
Vessels, broken open
treasures to use, not to waste.
We ask for a body united
mature and fully equipped
Joined as one in Jesus
let holy oil drip.
Experiencing Your commanded blessings
formed a perfect man
Every joint to function
in love, fulfilled, Your plan.
I thank You, heavenly Father
You leave us not in one place
To stagnate but reveal Your glory
as from glory to glory You take.
That we all, with unveiled faces
those the Lord transforms
May clearly represent Him
through ways He has adorned.
The food that I desire
is to do the perfect will
Of Him who has called and sent me
in Christ, His work fulfilled.

Scripture Meditation:
(The lengthier books and passages of Scripture listed are for you to look up on your own.  You may use the "Bible Gateway" link to the right to access Scripture)
1 Kings 18:20-40, 19:1-19
Isaiah 43:19 - Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?  I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
John 4:32-35 - But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.”  Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?”  Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.  Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!
Psalm 27
Isaiah 30:15 - In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.
Luke 3:4-6 - it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make His paths straight.  Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough ways smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”
Psalm 98
Hebrews 13:8 - Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Book of Esther
2 Peter 3:9 -  The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
Ezekiel 22:29-30 - The people of the land have used oppressions, committed robbery, and mistreated the poor and needy; and they wrongfully oppress the stranger.  So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.
Hebrews 4:16 -  Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Isaiah 6:1-8
Isaiah 55:8-13
Jeremiah 18:1-11
Jeremiah 1:4-10
Exodus 31:6 - And I, indeed I, have appointed with him Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and I have put wisdom in the hearts of all the gifted artisans, that they may make all that I have commanded you...
2 Corinthians 4:7 - But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
Ephesians 4:7, 11-16
Psalm 133
2 Corinthians 3:18 - But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

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