Tom’s Song

Tom Carpenter
Tom Carpenter

One wretched sinner, saved by grace
Through Christ the Son Who took my place
Once dead in sin, a guilty man
Until I met the Great I AM

He knows the number of my days
Discerns my thoughts, sees all my ways
Sealed with the Spirit – guaranteed
O Praise His name! How can this be?

His way, His path, His narrow road
My life’s journey will yet unfold
And when “God help me!” is my cry
My Sovereign knows, He’s not surprised

Though dark and desperate days find me
I’ll fix my hope on Calvary
For Sin and Death cannot prevail
When Christ, the Cure, has made me well

Behind the lines

This song, and the idea behind the GraceSyllables blog, was inspired because of how God worked through Tom Carpenter’s life and his final days with terminal cancer. Tom passed away February 16, 2010 at the age of 51. You may learn more here along with the compelling words he wrote before he died.

 

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Troubled

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Verse 1
One of you will betray me
One of you will deny
All of you will be afraid
And scattered into the night

Pre-Chorus
I will lay down my life
I will lay down my life

Chorus
Don’t let your hearts be troubled, troubled
Don’t let your fears get in the way
Believe in God, believe also in me
And when your world starts to crumble
Don’t let your hearts be troubled

Verse 2
There is a new commandment
One that I give to you
That you love one another
With the love which I’ve loved you

Bridge
I will go and prepare a place for you
My Father’s house has many rooms
So keep my commands until I come again
And remember I am coming soon

Thorns and Roses

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I’m running hard through thorns and roses,
Tilling up the garden of my mind,
Feeling both pain and sweet emotions,
And wondering if they’ll ever die.

For the scars still hurt from years ago,
Why does it take wounds so long to heal?
But when those memories take over,
I thank God for the love they reveal.

So Lord help me wear my crown of thorns,
And when they sting remind me to smile,
Because I know You were first adorned,
And You rose to make the thorns worthwhile.

Recount

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Recounting Psalm 9-10 in light of the cross

Rejoice, Glad Hearts, long for Eden,
Come walk with Him in the shade,
And worship the Perfect Adam,
Who threw the fruit far away,
Remember and recount,
Remember and recount,
Tell of His wonderful deeds.

No beginning, yet He was born,
He humbled Himself as Babe,
And breathed like the man He first formed,
A Second Adam to save,
Remember and recount,
Remember and recount,
Tell of His wonderful deeds.

Recount His works, His words, His life,
He was tempted, yet did not sin,
He lived to die and end the strife,
Then He rose to reign again,
Remember and recount,
Remember and recount,
Tell of His wonderful deeds.

Now He sits enthroned forever,
And knows our ev’ry struggle,
Jesus is our Mediator,
Who brings safety from trouble,
Remember and recount,
Remember and recount,
Tell of His wonderful deeds.

Rejoice, Glad Hearts, long for Eden,
Come walk with Him in the shade,
And worship the Perfect Adam,
Who threw the fruit far away.

Behind the lines

Psalm 9 and Psalm 10. Most likely Psalm 9 and 10 were one Psalm because together they form a single acrostic (notes from The Reformation Study Bible).

Life’s Lens

old glasses

Vibrant life drips through wide eyes
And soaks the mind with colors
Fresh glimpses of varied scenes
Captured by lenses of grace
Sweet images stored to heart
Now retrieved through pain’s window
Former views once crisp and new
Clouded by gentle raindrops

Behind the lines

Depending on your age and life stage you may read and relate to this poem differently. Each life is a unique story captured through many lenses from baby eyes to death’s door.

What is your life story? Which chapter are you in? What are some images that come to mind? What do others see? What does God see?

Only by God’s grace can we see Him for who He truly is (through the second birth). Have you seen your sin through the lens of the cross?

For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day (John 6:40 ESV).

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