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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Sovereign Grace

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Our ears have heard the famous stories
Of the wonders You have done
Our eyes can’t know those ancient glories
But our hearts and minds are won

It wasn’t the strength of an army
That gave Israel the land
No, it was Your arm, Great and Mighty
And the fury of Your hand

It’s not in the bow, sword, or armour
That we place our hope and trust
It’s in the Spirit, Son, and Father
That we will forever boast

Let not our hearts go back to Egypt
Let not our hearts idols raise
But give us other god amnesia
And lips to sing Sovereign Grace

Behind the lines

Psalm 44
O God, we have heard with our ears,

our fathers have told us,
what deeds you performed in their days,
in the days of old:
you with your own hand drove out the nations,
but them you planted;
you afflicted the peoples,
but them you set free;
for not by their own sword did they win the land,
nor did their own arm save them,
but your right hand and your arm,
and the light of your face,
for you delighted in them (Psalm 44:1-3).

Can you answer?

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The LORD questioned Job,
He called to him from the storm,
His voice would thunder:

What can you make known?
Who darkens counsel by words?
Job, can you answer?

And where were you when
The earth’s foundations were laid?
Do you remember?

Did your skillful hands
Make boundaries for the sea?
What was their measure?

Can you make snowflakes?
Can you lift the clouds and rain?
Control the weather?

Who argues with God?
Did you form the mouth to speak?
Can you answer me?

Behind the lines

Job 38 – 42:6

And the LORD said to Job:

“Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty?
He who argues with God, let him answer it.”

Then Job answered the LORD and said:

Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you?
I lay my hand on my mouth.
I have spoken once, and I will not answer;
twice, but I will proceed no further (Job 40:1-5).”

 

Be Still

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Though tears will flood,
As the whole earth shakes,
And mountains fall into the sea,
God is my Refuge and Strength.

Be still, my soul,
Be still, and know,

I AM – The LORD,
Is my Refuge and Strength,
My Help in trouble’s way,
Trust the LORD of hosts,
Who breaks fears and woes,
And turns sorrows to praise.

Though emotions rage,
He utters His voice,
Great struggles and battles cease,
God is my Refuge and Strength.

You reign on the throne,
Sovereign over all,
Whom shall I fear?

Behind the lines

Psalm 46, which inspired Martin Luther to write A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
(Psalm 46:1 ESV)

“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
(Psalm 46:10 ESV)

Small

imageUnsaid prayers for little needs,
Lord, I know You care for me,
When I see a glimpse of You,
In the timing of small things.

They may be small,
But they make my heart worship,
So I will worship,
Worship You,
And throughout my life,
Give me eyes to see,
The small, and worship,
Worship You…

Folded hands on little knees,
Lord, I know You care for these,
Little prayers from little ones,
You said, “let them come to me.”

Little ants near sidewalk streets,
Lord, I know You have made these,
Working hard to gather food,
They live in community.

Behind the lines

My wife (Amy) told me how God worked out the timing of a small thing and it made her heart worship.

The Unknown

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Enter the unknown,
Blind, in a maze of broken mirrors,
And lose all control,
Deaf, but there’s a Hearer.
So cry out to Him,
For He knows something better,
And through the unknown,
His grace remains the answer.

Enter the unknown,
Walk, through a sandstorm in the desert,
Lost and forgotten,
Wait, to be delivered.
So hold on to Hope,
For He knows something better,
And through the unknown,
His grace remains the answer.

Behind the lines

As we enter the unknown of a new year, I’m reminded of God’s grace and providence in the story of Joseph and his brothers culminating in Genesis 50:19-21:

[19] But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? [20] As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. [21] So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

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