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What contends with Your counsel, LORD,
When You speak in sovereign tongue?
What can princes and nations do,
When decretive will is done?

Can there be anything too hard,
That Your might cannot devour?
What was there before Your first words,
Eternal Voice of Power?

What can the clay complain about,
When You choose to give it breath?
What more can it do without You,
But remain as dirt and death?

And what did Christ make Himself as,
When he came to take our place?
Can man boast about anything,
Which earns forgiveness and grace?

For what good is found within man,
Before regeneration?
What can separate us from Christ,
When love secures salvation?

Behind the lines

The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
he frustrates the plans of the peoples. (Psalm 33:10 ESV)

It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,
and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;
who brings princes to nothing,
and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.
(Isaiah 40:22-23 ESV)

‘Ah, Lord GOD! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you. (Jeremiah 32:17 ESV)

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5 ESV)

“None is righteous, no, not one;
no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good, not even one.” (Romans 3:9-12 ESV)

But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use?
(Romans 9:20-21 ESV)

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV)

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:5-8 ESV)

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 8:38-39 ESV)

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Two Morning Windows

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Steam rises over frost and sun,
An abandoned web sings softly,
While light and shade quarrel and dance.

Steam rises over a full cup,
A Bible waits on the table,
Open faced and ready to breathe.

Two squirrels with fluffy winter tails,
Run along the top of a fence,
While geese fly near unseen but heard.

Torn between glorious windows,
His creation and Holy Word,
A pen breaks out with thanksgiving.

Behind the Poetry

Two windows and more poetry:

He sends out his command to the earth;
his word runs swiftly.
He gives snow like wool;
he scatters frost like ashes.
He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs;
who can stand before his cold?
He sends out his word, and melts them;
he makes his wind blow and the waters flow.
(Psalm 147:15-18 ESV)

These two windows leave us without an excuse:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened (Romans 1:18-21 ESV).

May all who are in His Light open these windows with thanksgiving and praise.

Salvation

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You have all power;
My years are like a breath.
But blood covers my sin,
With grace abounding;
Your Song now lives in me.

My hope is in You,
My faith is in You.

Great are You, Lord,
The Lamb and the Sword,
Great are You, Lord,
For salvation.

O Lord, like deer panting,
For Living Water,
My soul now thirsts for You.
With joy I desire You,
Your Word lifts my heart;
Your mercy marvels me.

O Lord, I sing praises,
With voice and music,
Salvation comes from You.
Yes, You are Salvation,
The Word so wondrous,
The Lamb who ransomed me.

Yours is the power,
Yours is the Kingdom,
Yours is salvation.

Behind the lines

How great is the salvation of the Lord? He takes feeble sinners and by his grace presents them righteous through the shedding of His own blood. Salvation is His to give and whom He calls will be changed by Him, will seek Him, and will rejoice in Him.

But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation
say continually, “Great is the LORD!”
(Psalm 40:16 ESV)

He is our joy, He is our hope, He is our Salvation. May we say continually, “Great is the LORD!”

Unknown Numbers

Squinty Eyes

Squinty eyes taste seasoned air,
A perfect shell hides again,
As castle walls turn to sand.

The breeze blows each strand of hair,
A star drops behind the veil,
Great lights rest on the unknown.

Green needles breathe mountain air,
Shivering before the night,
As flurries dart in the sky.

The breeze blows each strand of hair,
A star drops behind the veil,
Blankets rest on the unknown.

Precious thoughts from holy air,
Ride the vastness of the deep,
As I awake from my sleep.

The breeze blows each strand of hair,
A star rises from the veil,
New rays rest on the unknown.

Behind the lines

This poem celebrates the Omniscient Creator. God alone can name the stars and number them. God alone knows how many fish are in the ocean. God alone numbers the grains of sand by the sea. God alone numbers the unique snowflakes and all the needles on evergreens. God alone can count the hairs on every head.  God alone knows all about what we consider the unknown. He is God and there is no other.

Now consider this Psalm:

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.
(Psalm 139:17-18 ESV)

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Other verses: Psalms 8:3-4, 139:17-18, 147:4-5, Jeremiah 33:22, Amos 5:8, Matthew 10:30, Ephesians 1:19, 3:14-21

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