Waiting for the Lord

For the people who are waiting. A poem. Writ 26/3/2014.


Where should I go from here?

The path beyond me is not clear.

How I got to my place now

is because of the seed that I sow,

but not me who made it grow.

I am just someone who bow

to He who owns everything;

the Lord since the beginning.

O Father, I need Your help!

In my frustration I yelp

for I do not know where to go

nor what I should do.

I am impatient like fire

that consumes everything in its pyre.

O Father, reveal Your will!

that I may know how to be still

until my future unravels

that I can walk my travels.

Teach me Your way

on the path, that I would not go astray;

set my heart and soul on Your end

that I may prevail, unbent.

Lord, give me patience

to see Your grace,

to perceive Your miraculous plan

on me that is being done.

I will wait for the Lord

and in Him I shall keep hope.

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope 

Psalm 130:5

A Conversation with God, Part One

This is a poem I made a few months ago. You may find it does not rhyme, as I intended not to and planned it to be more like what I called “modern poem”. I hope you enjoy it, and stay tuned for Part Two! 😀

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In the twilight of the evening,

in the ruins of a battle

of the war I have been fighting in,

I found God on His saddle

robed in His glory and power

that my unholy being could

not stand in His mighty presence.

I would ask, “Where have You been?”

And He would answer, “I have been here.”

I would ask again, impatiently,

“Where were You?”

And He would answer again, patiently,

“I was here.”

I shouted, desperate,

“I was there fighting, Lord,

and I found You were not there.”

This time, say nothing He did,

but He looked me in the eyes,

and I watched the memories

of the moments when

I faced my opponents in my front

as His mighty hands protected

every essence of my being

and my beloved people who were waiting

for their friend, family, and brother

to embrace His path in God:

the battle for joy and Lord;

of the moments when

I swung my sword

and I remembered

that my strength was not mine

as they were given by God;

of the moments when

my enemies overcame me

and prepared they were

to strike the final blow,

but they fell like chopped trees

as God shot them in their hind

with His might words from afar;

of the moments when

I was not even able to lift a finger

and death was welcoming me as his

in the midst of the war –

and suddenly I was full of power

as God has defeated death

and now I am His;

of the preparations I had made

and the armours and arms I wore

as they all came from the Lord

so do all that I am and have;

of the triumphant moments

over the dull sting of sins –

He named me “victory”

as He made it mine; yet

the last important moment

was the last I perceived

that He has sacrificed Himself

to save a wretched like me

and call me such names:

“son”, “brother”, and “family”.

I am His enemy no more

for He has given me the grace

to save me from wrath and doom.

As my vision of Him returned,

I saw Him in my front,

holding my weary shoulders.

Smiling, He asked, “And what are

you trying to say, my son?”

Embracing Him, I replied,

“My Lord, my Strength, my Song,

my Salvation, my Joy, my Light,

You found me.”

 

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous, and give thanks to His name! – Psalm 97:12

Grace Must Be Free

We walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)

Picture salvation as a house that you live in.

It provides you with protection. It is stocked with food and drink that will last forever. It never decays or crumbles. Its windows open onto vistas of glory.

God built it at great cost to himself and to his Son, and he gave it to you.

The “purchase” agreement is called a “new covenant.” The terms read: “This house shall become and remain yours if you will receive it as a gift and take delight in the Father and the Son as they inhabit the house with you. You shall not profane the house of God by sheltering other gods nor turn your heart away after other treasures.”

Would it not be foolish to say yes to this agreement, and then hire a lawyer to draw up an amortization schedule with monthly payments in the hopes of somehow balancing accounts?

You would be treating the house no longer as a gift, but a purchase. God would no longer be the free benefactor. And you would be enslaved to a new set of demands that he never dreamed of putting on you.

If grace is to be free — which is the very meaning of grace — we cannot view it as something to be repaid.

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The key to not view grace and “not be foolish to say yes to this agreement, and then hire a lawyer to draw up an amortization schedule with monthly payments in the hopes of somehow balancing accounts” then, is to be always content in God.

How? By always desiring Him more because we know that our joy reach its max in Him and that, as John Piper says it, “the chief end glory of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.”

Let God gives you the heart that always longs for and is content in Him.

God Forgives and Is Still Fair

The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord, the child who is born to you shall die. (2 Samuel 12:13–14)

This is outrageous. Uriah is dead. Bathsheba is raped. The baby will die. And Nathan says, “The Lord has put away your sin.”

Just like that? David committed adultery. He ordered murder. He lied. He “despised the word of the Lord.” He “scorned God.” And the Lord “put away [his] sin.”

What kind of a righteous judge is God? You don’t just pass over rape and murder and lying. Righteous judges don’t do that.

Here is what Paul said in Romans 3:25–26:

God put [Christ] forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

In other words, the outrage that we feel when God seems to simply pass over David’s sin would be good outrage if God were simply sweeping David’s sin under the rug. He is not.

God sees from the time of David down the centuries to the death of his Son, Jesus Christ, who would die in David’s place, so that David’s faith in God’s mercy and God’s future redeeming work unites David with Christ. And in God’s all-knowing mind, David’s sins are counted as Christ’s sins and Christ’s righteousness is counted as his righteousness, and God justly passes over David’s sin.

The death of the Son of God is outrageous enough, and the glory of God that it upholds is great enough, that God is vindicated in passing over David’s adultery and murder and lying.

And so God maintains his perfect righteousness and justice while at the same time showing mercy to those who have faith in Jesus, no matter how many or how monstrous their sins. This is good news.

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The Different Tenses of Grace

We always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:11–12)

Grace is not only God’s disposition to do good for us when we don’t deserve it — undeserved favor. It is also a power from God that acts in our lives and makes good things happen in us and for us.

Paul said that we fulfill our resolves for good “by his power” (verse 11). And then he adds at the end of verse 12, “according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” The power that actually works in our lives to make Christ-exalting obedience possible is an extension of the grace of God.

You can see this also in 1 Corinthians 15:10:

By the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.

So grace is an active, present, transformative, obedience-enabling power.

Therefore this grace which moves in power from God to you at a point in time is both past and future. It has already done something for you or in you and therefore is past. And it is about to do something in you and for you, and so it is future — both five seconds away and five million years away.

God’s grace is ever cascading over the waterfall of the present from the inexhaustible river of grace coming to us from the future into the ever-increasing reservoir of grace in the past. In the next five minutes, you will receive sustaining grace flowing to you from the future, and you will accumulate another five minutes’ worth of grace in the reservoir of the past.

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Why You Have A Body

For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:20)

God did not create the physical-material universe willy-nilly. He had a purpose, namely, to add to the ways his glory is externalized and made manifest. “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1).

Our bodies fit into that same category of physical things that God created for this reason. He is not going to back out on his plan to glorify himself through human beings and human bodies.

Why does God go to all the trouble to dirty his hands, as it were, with our decaying, sin-stained flesh, in order to reestablish it as a resurrection body and clothe it with immortality? Answer: Because his Son paid the price of death so that the Father’s purpose for the material universe would be fulfilled, namely, that he would be glorified in it, including in our bodies, forever and ever.

That’s what the text says: “You were bought with a price [the death of his Son]. So glorify God in your body.” God will not disregard or dishonor the work of his Son. God will honor the work of his Son by raising our bodies from the dead, and we will use our bodies to glorify him forever and ever.

That is why you have a body now. And that is why it will be raised to be like Christ’s glorious body.