Category Archives: Free Verse

I Will Praise Him

I will praise Him
I will lift my hands and lift my voice
And I will praise Him
Not because of anything He’s done
Not because He healed me
or because He delivered me
or because He provides for me
or because He protects me
I will praise Him because He is
He is the creator of all things
He is the maker and placer of the stars
He is the master of all that lives
He has a plan designed for all of the universe
and for every animal
and for every person
even me
I don’t deserve a thing He does for me
I don’t deserve anything He has already done for me
I don’t deserve the plan He has for me
He does it all because He loves me
So I will praise Him
Not for anything
I’ll just praise Him
In every situation
I will praise Him
Yes, I will praise Him

I read Psalm 68:3-4 this morning and it is the inspiration for this free verse poem. What it says is “Let the righteous rejoice” It does not give a reason that we should rejoice. Just that we should rejoice. We should not need a reason to praise Him. We should just rejoice, day in and day out, in good or bad, in hunger or sorrow, in sickness or pain. These are all times we should praise Him. It’s easy to praise Him when things are going well. But the true Christian should never have to wait until things are good before they praise Him. They should praise Him despite the circumstances. If you truly love Him and are devoted to Him, there should never be a time that you are not rejoicing! There should never be a time you are not praising Him

Psalm 150:6 KJV
Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord

Because You Are There

If I am walking in the mountains
To see the view from atop the highest peaks
Beautiful lush valleys filled with forest leaves
Blue sky above with a wisp of cloud in the distance
The air cool and a slight breeze
As I still myself I can hear your voice
Because you are there

If I am walking in the lowest valley
Lush plants and trees all around me
Flowers springing up wild that provide color
Red, yellow, orange, blue, white
So beautiful
Adorning to the pleasant trail I am walking on
Birds sing their songs of praise from the trees above
Glorious trees springing forth from the lush soil below
A brook gently babbling in the background
The squeal of locusts here and there
As I still myself I hear your voice
Because you are there.

If I am out in the midst of the largest sea
Waves gently rolling
Lapping against the sides of the boat
Rocking it slightly as I sit
A soft breeze keeps the waves coming
It is night and the stars shine brightly
The constellations are all assembled
A shooting star occasionally darts across the sky
There is not a sound to be heard
Except the waves rolling in
So I still myself to hear your voice
Because you are there

No matter where I am
Or what I am doing
No matter what trial I am facing
Or where I need healing
No matter what I might be thinking
Or how I might be running
No matter where my heart is
Or where I think I’m going
No matter how strong I am
Or how prideful I’ve become
No matter what your are there

You are always with me
Always beside me
Always before me
Always behind me
Always for me
Always guiding me
Always healing me
Always helping me
Always providing for me
Always protecting me
Always watching over me
Always my Savior
Always my redeemer
Always my King of Kings
Always my Lord of Lords
Always loving me
Because you are there

There are not many words I can add to what this poem already says. He is with me all the time, every day, everywhere. He will never leave me alone, no matter what stupid things I have done. He is our loving heavenly Father and we are safe in His arms.

Isaiah 43 King James Version
43 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

Just Pray

In the darkness
In the quiet
In the loneliness they felt
Women weeping
Men in anguish
Their world had been upset

Yesterday
They saw Him die
Jesus was their closest friend
For three years
Day after day
They had heard Him preach the word

They saw Him heal the sick
Raise the dead
Open blind eyes
Make the deaf to hear
The dumb to speak
Cleanse the leper
Stop the issue of blood
Turn water into wine
They saw Him do all these things
Now He was gone
They were alone

I can imagine
They took time to pray
Time to reflect on all He had done
He told them he would rise form the dead
Bit they did not believe that was possible
All they could do was pray
Ask God what’s next
What do they do now?

Isn’t that what we should ask
What now Lord?
What is your next task
Your next mission
Who should I witness to
What should I say
Give me the words
And the boldness
These are things we should pray about
Not to be blessed
But to be a blessing
In times of uncertainty
As the disciples certainly had this day
Pray
Then pray some more
Then pray even more
Pray and God will answer
Pray and God will speak
Pray and God will show you His way
Just pray!

The Believers Life

Go and Do

Do you wonder who you are
or what you should do
if you are a Christian?
Do you wonder what His plan is
or what His will is
for your life?
The answer is clearly written
Clearly spelled out
In His word

You are the salt of the earth
The light of the world
The hope of nations
You are a child of the king
Adopted into God’s family
An heir of His blessing
You are a royal priest
A peculiar person
A chosen generation
You are washed in the blood
Redeemed by the Lamb
Unto good works

Your mission is to preach the gospel
Unto all the earth
Baptizing as you go
Heal the sick
Bring sight to the blind
Open the deaf ears and dumb mouths
Let your light shine
So all may see your good works
And glorify God
You are to be meek
poor in spirit
hungry and thirsty for righteousness
Peacemakers
Mournful over sin
Reapers of the harvest
You are to speak
words of edification
That will minister grace
You are to show
love to your enemy
joy in the midst of trials
You are to forgive
all who may wrong you
and not be offended
You are to love
without hypocrisy
unconditionally
You are to bear all things
Believe all things
Hope all things
Endure all things
You are not to be proud
Or backbiters
Or gossipers
You are to be pure just
‘ Honest and true
Virtuous and full of praise

All of these things and many more
Are found in His word
A letter of love to you
If you’re looking for your purpose
It is already written
Now Go and Do!

The Believers Life

You’re Beautiful, Lord

You’re beautiful, Lord
My eyes behold your glory in the heavens
My lips sing your praise on the earth
My ears long to hear your still, small voice
I smell the fragrance of the afternoon rains and I rejoice
My feet are swift to run to you
My arms reach out to embrace you
You’re beautiful, Lord

You’re wonderful, Lord
You paid the price for my sin
You took the stripes for my healing
You were nailed to a cross to set me free
Your blood was spilled to cleanse my mind
You rose again to give me eternal life
You are coming back to take me home
You’re wonderful, Lord

I will lift up my voice and praise you’re sweet name
Jesus, King of Kings
Jesus, Lord of Lords
Jesus, Lamb that was slain for me
Jesus, my redeemer
Jesus, My Savior
Jesus, forever He will be with me

Trust Him

Trust God!
What a concept we should follow.

Trust Him
in the midst of the battle,
in the height if the storm,
in the depths of the valley
and in my deepest sorrow.

Trust Him
when He does not answer,
when He seems far away,
when I don’t hear His voice
and when I feel lost and alone.

Trust Him
even if I am sick,
or poor,
or hungry
or thirsty,
even if my soul longs to be closer to Him
yet my flesh keeps me away.

Trust Him
when I can’t trust in myself,
my family,
my friends,
my neighbors,
my coworkers,
or even people in my church.

Trust Him.
Always trust Him!

The Believers Life

Alive Again

Who am I Lord
A sinful man
Lost in my own ways
Trying to find a way
To make life right
To feel I’m worth something
To someone
Anyone
Does anyone see me
Or hear me
Or even care I’m alive
Here in this flesh
Walking down this road
The wide road
The wrong road
Lost
Confused
Shattered by life
Crying for help
Looking anywhere I can
Drugs are not the answer
Neither is alcohol
Sex is not even close
Money comforts
But does not bring peace
Power is exhilarating
But is fleeting and empty
Fame only lasts for a moment
Like a vapor in the wind
All of life’s pleasures
Bring no joy that lasts
But only sorrow
Heartache
Solitude
And I despair in my condition
I am not sure of the way out
I do not know where to go next
Everyone looks at me and sees success
They see happy
They see what I want them to see
But it’s only an image
A projection
Of the external man
Not the internal man
Oh, wretched man that I am
Who will save me
Who will rescue me

Then
In an instant
In an unanticipated moment
Jesus whispers into my ear
With words of peace
Words of joy
Words of a refuge
Safe in His arms
And I weep
My heart breaks
My spirit collapses
My mind is fixed
On His words
I cannot deny them
I cannot refuse them
So I ask Him to forgive me
For my sin
My arrogance
My wandering heart
My sinful ways
Surprisingly to me
He does
A wave of freedom flows over me
I can feel the filthiness leave
I can feel His Spirit enter in
There is no doubt
No way to undo
What he has just done
He has washed my win away
Like a tide washes the shore
Like the light dispels darkness

I am a new man
A new creation
Walking the narrow path
Walking with Him
Blessed by his Spirit
No longer alone
No longer in despair
But filled with joy
Peace
Hope and His love
Oh what a Savior
Jesus my Lord
Lamb of God
Wonder of wonders
He has done what I could not do
He has done what no one else could do
He has done what this world cannot d0
He changed my course
From hell to heaven
In the blink of an eye
I am saved
Forgiven
Washed by the blood
Redeemed from my sin
Forever forgiven
Alive again!

Jesus Came

Jesus came
to be born in a manger
teach of the kingdom
suffer for sinners
die for our freedom
rise for our new life

Jesus came
to fulfill all the prophets
to declare new beginnings
to show us the Father
and be our example
so we’d testify

Jesus comes
to walk with us daily
to guide by His Spirit
to whisper our comfort
and carry our sorrows
so we will know peace

Jesus comes
wherever we are
whenever we need Him
for whatever reason
His voice whispers gently
You are mine

The God Who Loves Me

Who paints the brilliant hues and celestial rainbows upon the clouds and the heavens
Where eyes can see them and where they cannot
Who listens to the calls of the birds and insects and wild beasts in all the corners of the globe
Where ears can hear then and where they cannot
Who drops the dew and the snow down on frosted valleys and distant mountains
Where fingers can feel them and where they cannot
Who crafts the aroma of the flowers and the shrubs that lie all around the globe
Where noses can smell them and where they cannot
There certainly is not a man who can name every color that is found in this vast creation
Or who can mimic every sound that might be soft or loud in all the heavens
Or send the vast array of sensations that can be felt by man throughout this earth
Or that can mix together the unending smells and fragrances that dance around in the air
There certainly is no other beast or flying thing that can accomplish these tasks
There certainly is no being in the sea or crawling on the ground that can carry out these feats
Who or what is it then that does all this
That has done this since the beginning of time
That will do this until the end of time
It must be one who holds the expanse of the earth in His hands
It must be one that can take time and stop it whenever He pleases
It must be one who can create something from nothing and can make nothing of something
Who can bring all the forces of nature together to please the least if His creation
Who can place every fragrance
Every color
Every sound
Right where He wants it to be
He must be omniscient
Knowing all things so he can mix them together precisely as they are needed
He must be omnipresent
Being able to bring from the far corners of the earth each ingredient as it is needed at that moment
He must be omnipotent
Having all power to draw out the very essence of each and every sensation
He must be above all
And in all
And through all
This is the God I serve
This is the God who loves me
The God of yesterday today and forever
The God who parted the Red Sea
The God who knocked down the walls of Jericho
The God who guided David’s stone
The God who saved Daniel from the Lions’ Den
The God who showed Ezekiel the wheel within a wheel
The God who loved us so much that he gave His only Son to die for us
To die for me
That is the God I serve
That is the God I love
That is the God who loves me

Overturned

Crowds swarmed the street
All classes
Men and women
Young and old
Even the religious leaders
Pious and curious
He was coming
Just a few days earlier
He had raised Lazarus from the dead
Many had witnessed it
Many spread the story
He was coming
Coming to Jerusalem
They thought Him to be King
They sought to crown Him
They ran before Him
Spreading palm branches
Shouting Hosanna
Shouting Blessed is He
Praising
Worshiping
The King is coming
What a glorious day

The Pharisees and Scribes looked on
They wondered at the sight
It troubled them
He troubled them
His words troubled them
The people worshiping troubled Him
They indeed were troubled
They said quiet the crowd
Tell them you should not be worshiped
But He looked them in the eye
His stern face looked through them
If they did not praise me
The very rocks would cry out Hosanna
The people cheered
The leaders jeered
This had to stop
This had to stop

The day wore on
The night came and went
A new dawn would see a new day
The leaders hoped he would be quiet
But soon they would see
He would not be silent
The marketplace was busy
Many had come to see him
Many others there for Passover
They needed a sacrifice
They had come to see Jesus
Unprepared for their Passover offering
Without a perfect lamb
Without a pigeon or two
They had to buy from the merchants
The crooked merchants
Who had unjust weights
And resold lambs over and over
It was profitable for them
It was sin to God
Right inside the gates of the temple
Absurd and astounding
That the religious leaders looked away
Because they got their take
Quite a sham
Out of what was to be holy

Jesus walked in
He knew their ways
He knew their deceit
He knew how they cheated the people
He knew of their unjust weights
He had been here before
He had turned over their tables
Money flew everywhere
Lambs ran wild
Pigeons flew away
As Jesus cleaned up their sinful ways
When they saw Him
Saw the look in His eyes
As He looked out over the market that day
They were worried
Concerned for their profit
Some for their lives
They remembered what He had done before
They started picking up their wares
Too late
Too slow

He grabbed one table
Flipped it on end
Reached over and unblocked the gate
Opened the cage
Chaos erupted
As He continued through the marketplace
Lambs and pigeons everywhere
Money flying off the tables
Scattering on the ground
People scrambling to pick it up
My house is to be a house of prayer He said
But you have made it a den of thieves
The people hailed Him
Loved Him
Adored Him
The Pharisees and scribes watched
They were livid
How dare He
How could He do this again
They were ready now
Ready to capture Him
Ready to put Him to death
Ready to gain the victory
Over this Jesus

What about you
Do you need sin overturned in your life
Has your life become full of lies
Is their iniquity that needs cleansed
Jesus wants to overturn your tables
He wants to cleanse your life
He wants you holy and pure
A living sacrifice
Devoted to Him
Are you willing
Are you ready
Let Him overturn your life today