Monday, June 19, 2017

New Songs in Your Glory (New Song, first since moving back to N.C.)

Michael E. Wood
April 28, 2017

Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things!  His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.  Psalm 98:1
 To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.  Colossians 1:2
“Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book! Oh that with an iron pen and lead they were engraved in the rock forever! For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.  And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!  Job 19:23-27

What began with simple meditation from Colossians 1:2 on the grace and peace which comes from God our Father began to develop into a new song interwoven with the prophetic words of the Psalmist from chapter 98 and later confirmed with the opening words of congregational prayer by Bobby LaTour and a message preached by Pastor Michael Karns at Beacon Baptist Church which included the passage from Job.

You are holy, You are righteous, You are just, and You are good.
You are gracious, and compassionate, these things are understood.
Not because of what is found in us but all because of You,
Christ redeemed us from our dead estate, gave hearts made all anew.

You have opened by Your Spirit our blind eyes that we might see
And our ears to hear the voice of Christ that to Him we would flee
And You welcomed us as children to be part of one true fold.
Holy Father help us now approach in fear and yet as bold.

May Your kingdom come and thus fulfill Your purpose and decrees
Where all peoples of all time will find ourselves on bended knees.
Every tongue confessing truly, Jesus Christ is Lord of all,
To Your Glory Holy Father, blessed Savior from the fall.

Oh, Lord Jesus, when we see You then unhindered by Your grace,
No more sin and no more sorrow as we look into Your face;
For You made us to be like You and forever then we’ll be
Singing new songs in Your glory then through all eternity.
Singing praises with the new songs that You give eternally.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Happy Anniversary to Us!

May 18, 2017

Over the last seven years it has been my tradition to write a poem for our anniversary.  Though there were some lines that came to mind last night, they never completely gelled.  My good intentions have been disrupted you might say with the business of getting some things done around our new place of abode in preparation for my wifey's arrival here in North Carolina next week.

So, to my surprise and delight she wrote one and we rejoice together in the goodness of God.

Here it is ....

Sunday, April 23, 2017

To Your Praise

Michael E. Wood
April 21, 2017

“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. 
  Is. 55: 6-11

For those of us whom God has given the capacity to both read and comprehend His Word to some degree, we can easily find ourselves reading passages repeatedly with a disciplinary mindset.  This is not bad but if we are not careful we can very well find that in the habit of reading we are doing just that, reading out of habit rather than seeking to know Him and desiring to see His face in the reading.  While our heavenly Father is pleased to see, us reading His infinite Word, and has promised it will not return void but will accomplish that for which He has sent it, the benefits which we receive through reading are greatly increased as we are empowered by His Spirit to hear His voice through the scriptures and enabled to do what He says to the praise of His glory.

Words of glory, words of grace
Help me through them seek Your face.
Not mere duty but with glee
Brighten more my eyes to see
The wonders now of who You are
My Jesus, My bright Morning Star.

In seeing more, Oh, make me then
Renewed in mind so that within
The change will wholly demonstrate
You save for Your own glory’s sake.
So now in time and end of days
Oh, may my life be to Your praise.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Taste of Heaven

Michael E. Wood
April 8, 2017

And they ate and drank before the LORD on that day with great gladness.
I Chronicles 29:22

While simply reading several portions of scripture as my normal portion for the day, the thoughts of this poem came to mind. I am fairly certain lingering thoughts from the preaching of Pastor Mark Webb at Beacon Baptist Church for the annual Spring Bible Conference had an impact on the resultant lines and they have a special place in being written as the first poem in our new place of abode in Burlington, N.C.  The preceding text of scripture is aptly appropriate and was read after the poem was written. How Great is our God, to confirm us as we go. To Whom is all the praise.

Oh taste of heaven in my heart
Which You by grace through Christ impart,
And all the glory goes to Thee,
Oh, Father through that matchless tree.
Though simple now these lines profess
The gift of Thine own holiness
Which by Your Spirit, You conform
Each child of Thine to be the norm,
To be like Christ in every thought,
Transformed to live as we are brought
Into Thy kingdom of the light
To show Thy glorious beauty bright.

While reading through Thy Holy Word
These thoughts of joy did thus occur.
Oh, take from us the frothiness
And fill with solid comforts bliss,
That we may honor as we stand
For truth, protected by Thy hand.
And help us see the open doors
By which Your Spirit thus out-pours
The Gospel to a dying land
Till all of Yours before You stand!

His Grace is Sufficient for me (Chorus)

Michael E. Wood
March 14, 2017

Sometimes simplicity is the best translator of eternal truth and this little chorus which came to mid is proof .

His grace is sufficient for me today.
His grace is sufficient for me.
Christ hath redeemed me from sin and shame.
His grace is sufficient for me.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Providential Hand of God

Michael E. Wood
March 13, 2017

While God has shown Himself faithful to do abundantly above all Dianna and I could ask or think, He has likewise revealed wisdom in withholding things in the past to provide for things both in the present and for the future in relation to the temporal things that we have need of.  How much more are we enabled by His Spirit to trust Him for those things we need to be consistent in proclaiming His greatness both in the present and to future generations.

The providential hand of God by all who see is seen,
The glory of His majesty, and on Him wholly lean.

Tis seen by those who do not know and do not understand
His glory is the reason He controls with His own hand

The movements of His people for the gospel to be known
Both in and through and to all those whom Christ has made His own.

Oh, that we might with humble hearts and firm affections go
Where e’er He leads from day to day as soldiers made to grow

In strength to strengthen others for the battles yet to fight
That Christ be magnified to show the power of His might.

For of Him, through Him, to Him may the glory ever be
Expressed through songs of praise to God for all eternity.

Friday, February 3, 2017

All Creation Points to Jesus (New Song)

Michael E. Wood
December 25, 2016
  Having posted the Christmas poem “To Jesus”, Dianna decided to share it with the ladies Bible study group she has been involved with.  One of the women liked it so much she said, “You ought to put that to music”.  Upon hearing that, the music to “What Child is This” almost immediately came to mind and I began to sing it to Dianna. The music was a little bit of a stretch for my voice but she liked it so much I decided to work on it and sing it in the various assisted living facilities during the week.

  A funny thing happened in the “Life Guidance” (Alzheimer/Dementia unit) Center at Atria El Camino Gardens. I read the introductory remarks and prepared to sing when suddenly I realized I couldn’t remember the music.  How appropriate is that?  So, after standing there for a moment with a surprised and blank look on my face, the LORD brought the music to “Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken” to mind and I began to sing. Amazingly the flow of the music fit perfectly to the music and was a far better fit for my voice.

  To top it off, after singing it a couple of times at different facilities I found I was having to double up on one of the phrases to work with the music. On Christmas morning while thinking these things over, the last two lines came to mind and thus we have the finished product.

All creation points to Jesus; Son of God and son of man.
Even Adam in his forming was a type to show God’s plan.
Now the angel’s proclamation clearly seen by all who see
Glory in the incarnation of the Christ who set us free.

For His Name’s sake, God did send us such a Savior, humbly born,
Living life that we have failed to, cursed, rejected, bearing scorn.
Yet He stumbled not by seeing joy beyond that rugged cross,
Offering Himself completely to redeem us from our loss.

Now in heaven, how amazing and in hearts of all of those
Who are joined as one abiding in the knowledge, He arose!
Oh, to grace, how great a debtor, mercies fruit both you and I
If we’ve humbly bowed before Him, Jesus Christ, who reigns on high.

For the glory of the Father is more worth than all of men
And the hearts of all who love Him shout His praise who has no end!
In His Likeness, all redeemed will see Him as He truly is
And forever marvel in His Grace who made us for Him, His.