Love Remained

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All was beauty, all was song,
All was evil, all was wrong,
Destroyed, drowned, every town,
Love remained.

Altogether, all one tongue,
All confused, all tools hung,
Silenced, cursed, dispersed,
Love remained

All enslaved, all plagues come,
All rescued, Almighty won,
Complained, fed, cloud led,
Love remained.

All God’s people, all twelve tribes,
Altar of bronze, all the scribes,
Religion, pride, great divide,
Love remained.

Almighty comes, all angels sing,
Alleluia, all praise the King,
Despised, tried, denied,
Love remained.

All in sorrow, all the shame
All completed, all the pain,
Forsaken, crowned, renowned,
Love remained.

All astonished, all relieved,
All death conquered, all believe,
Risen, Lord, adored,
Love remained.

All have heard it, all made known,
All have seen Him, all below,
Returned, King, anthems ring,
Love remained.

All is beauty, all is song,
No more evil, no more wrong,
Renewed, changed, unstained,
Love remained.

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The Last Verse

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Three Persons, six days to work,
One to rest, sixty-six books,
Forty-days and nights of rain.

One ark door, only One way,
Ten plagues sent, You free the slaves.
Ten Commands and two are great.

Twelve brothers, tribes and nations,
Judges, kings, prophets, and patience,
The King is coming to reign.

One witness, to show the way,
Twelve disciples, one betrays,
Four gospels and hearts are changed.

One Loved Son, tree of curses,
One Bible, with Your verses,
The last one ends with Your grace.

Behind the lines

The Bible is so rich in redemptive history, genealogy, and numbers. God’s story culminates in the birth, life, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. This poem seeks to capture and summarize several major events, but it all boils down to one word in the very last verse (Grace).

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen (Revelation 22:21 ESV).

Hymn of the Joyful Flood

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Father flood the world within me,
Wash the filth from my heart,
Seal me with Your waters of joy,
Make clear the murky dark.

Send mighty rivers of Your grace,
Flowing from heaven’s gate,
To uproot trees of sin and shame,
With crushing righteous weight.

For when You open up the deep,
Torrents of precious blood,
My joy filled heart will burst and sing,
Of Your redeeming love.

Drown out the distracting noises,
Calling me from the world,
Tune my ears to great swells of truth,
Rising up from Your Word.

Flush my eyes from the mud that blinds,
So I can clearly see,
Then fix my gaze upon the cross,
Where tears will keep them clean.

Channel my tongue so hard to tame,
So I can humbly speak,
And tell the story of the blood,
That flowed when I was weak.

When I see that crystal water,
And finally make it home,
I’ll join the joyful chorus there,
To flood praise to Your throne.

Behind the lines

From streams of grace beyond measure, it is truly wonderful to be “regenerated” and sealed by the Holy Spirit. One day…all who are born again will be able to praise Christ perfectly and flood His throne with joy forevermore.

Inspired by the scripture references, these lyrics are the result of the first “true hymn” I wrote using Common Meter (8.6.8.6). I was encouraged to write traditional hymns after reading a post from My Song in the Night on Modern Hymn Writing.

One of the neat things about writing in Common Meter is the songs will seem familiar. As Bobby and Kristen Gilles point out on their site (My Song in the Night linked above) you can sing this hymn to the tune of “Amazing Grace” or  “Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed.” If you know those tunes, try it…

Titus 3:4-7, Hebrews 10:22, John 3:5, 1 John 2:15-17, Romans 5:6, Ephesians 1:7-813-14, Revelation 22:1-3

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