Category Archives: Grace and Mercy

Now

Now is the time for deliverance
Out of my sin into your grace
No other power below of above
Can separate me from your love

CHORUS
Now is the time. This is the place
Bowing before you I seek your grace
I want to look into your face
No other time but now
I humbly bow

Now is the time healing will rise
My pain is gone and I feel alive
Coming before you down on my knees
My prayer before you. You meet my needs

CHORUS

Now is the time salvation comes
Through your spilled blood the victory won
Heaven above will shout out their praise
Honoring you by lifting your name

BRIDGE
Jesus, my Lord. Jesus, my Lord. Jesus, my Lord. I praise you now

CHORUS

I’m Done

I’m done with this sin that creeps up every day
I’m done with a lifestyle that just brings me shame
I’m done with these thoughts that so quickly betray
I’m done running from my Lord

I’m done doing things that I cannot eras’
I’m done playing games that defy His grace
I’m done having eyes that can’t look in His face
I’m done running from my Lord

I’m heading back to my Father’s house
He will make me whole and remove all doubt
I know He loves me and when I repent
He makes me into a new man again

I’m done giving time to the enemies whims
I’m done with defeat as I kneel close to Him
I’m done keeping quiet about my best friend
I’m going to run back to my Lord

This is the day the Lord has made
I will rejoice and be glad in it
For He has destroyed the enemies hold
Victory is now in my grip.

It’s been long enough, too long in fact. I have been hiding behind a façade thinking no one will know. No one will know the things I do when no one is around. No one knows the crazy mixed up thoughts I have when I am trying to focus on Him. The enemy works hard to get me to take time away from God, and he succeeds way too often. He captures my mind and takes me far away to a place I know I should not be. I cry out to God in the midst of my struggle and he hears me. But the enemy keeps atm it, saying I will return even if I give up now. He most often convinces me so I don’t fully repent.

Not this time. This time I’m done. I’m done playing games. I want all that God has for me and the only way that will happen is if I give my all to Him. If I throw away my sin and take on His armor, He will keep me safe. He will keep me from harm. He will deliver me from the depths, wipe off the miry clay and make me whole again. I need to be made a new creation again. Lord, shape me and mold me into the vessel you desire

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Jeremiah 18:6 King James Version (KJV)
6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.

Wings of Mercy

God rides on wings of mercy
Proclaims His majesty
The greatest wonder in this world
Is His love for me

He lavished grace upon me
When He set me free
The cross He bore made Him my Lord
For all eternity

I always want to stay in His presence
I always want to hold His hand
I want the feel the essence of His Spirit
Filling me again

It is a wonder to me how he could love me so much He would die for me. I was a wretched sinner, guilty of breaking every one of His ten commandments. I blasphemed His name, served other Gods, didn’t give a hoot about the Sabbath and was not an honorable child. Did I murder someone? No, but my words were deadly. Maybe not adultery in it’s true sense, but fornication and lasciviousness again and again. I was a thief, a coveter and a liar. I didn’t not care about those commandments. On top of that I was a drunk who loved certain drugs. I was a mess.

But He found me where I was. He cried out to me and called me to come to Him/ His mercy beckoned me to ask for forgiveness and His grace washed me whiter than snow. The day I asked Him to be my Lord was the greatest day in my life because I started to understand His love. After walking with Him for over 35 years I am still trying to wrap my head around His great love. It is a miracle!

John 3:16 KJV
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish but have everlasting life.

I Cry Out

I cry out in the desert
I cry out in the valley
I cry out in the darkness
I cry out in the deep

I cry out when I’m lonely
I cry out when I’m sad
I cry out when in sorrow
I cry out when I’m bad

You incline your ear to me
When I’m filled with misery
You pour out your loving grace
When I cry out with my praise

Holy, holy Lord I love you
Holy, holy Lord I praise you
Holy, holy Lord I worship
All my heart I give to you

It may seem sometimes to the reader that I must have it all together. I read your comments on these words and I am humbled and blessed that they touch you the way they do. I give God glory for using me as a fountain to pour out these writings to you. But that is all I am. A vessel that is overflowing with praise so much that these words just spill out as I sit at my computer. When I went through my cancer battle I learned to listen to His voice, and He started giving me these words. They reflect my life though, my thoughts, my desires, my heart. Only God knows my heart. Only he can bring these things out of it. Only he can bring the truth out.

The truth is I am a sinner saved by grace, just like you. I have the same struggles and maybe more. The truth is I am not near as close to God as I would like to be. The truth is I cry out to Him often. Then I remember that the psalmist says God inclines His ear to me. Like a loving Father, He stoops down and outs His ear near my lips to make sure He can hear every syllable I speak. He cares so much for me that He wants me to come running to Him. He wants me to communicate my deepest fears and failures. Then he will lift me out of that place and pout me back on solid ground, back within the walls of His fortress. He loves me so much. He loves you so much!

Psalm 116:2 King James version
Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.

Shine On Me

I’ve lost control. I am undone
Can’t fight the fight you already won

I put my faith in you alone
My God, my strength. Your light has shone

Shine on me to show me who I am
Shine on me to show my heart to me
Shine on me I do not know myself
Let me see who I should be

I lift my hands to give you praise
I cry Oh, Lord I need your grace

The light has come. The light has come
Into my heart. He overcomes
In all my sorrow and my shame
I fully trust in Jesus name

Shine on me to show me who I am
Shine on me to show my heart to me
Shine on me I do not know myself
Let me see who I should be

Shine, Jesus, shine
Search my heart, oh God
Shine Jesus, shine
Show me who I am

I love to walk early in the morning. It is quiet, there are no cars around and no one else is walking or running on the bike path on town. I can walk, raising my hands and singing along with my worship music and no one will hear me except God. It’s my quiet time alone with Him. Often this is when He speaks to me the words I put in my songs and poems. Other times, he speaks to me when I first get up in the morning. When the light hits my eyes and dispels the darkness in my bedroom, I am ready to sit down on my computer and type out His words. It is at this time I realize He has knees again brought the light of His Word into my heart and searched me. He ahs brought me to my knees once again as he has shown me who I really am. I am a sinner standing before the God of the universe, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. I have no right to be in His court because I have been walking in darkness. His court is full if light. There are no shadows, which seems odd to me. But then I realize that the shadows of my past sins are gone. They are no more. He has taken them away and I am standing in His pure light. There is no darkness at all. So I lift my hands to worship Him because he has brought me out of the darkness into His glorious light. I am a free man!

1 John 1:7 King James Version
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Jesus Life

Nothing At All

What could I do to have sins erased
Nothing, Lord. Nothing at all
What did I do to deserve your grace
Nothing, Lord. Nothing at all

What can I offer that will set me free
Nothing, Lord. Nothing at all
What will you charge to rescue me
Nothing, Lord. Nothing at all

I have been ransomed. I’ve been redeemed
All for no charge you have forgiven me
All that you ask is that I give my life
Just as you gave yours for me

What is the charge for the blessing you give
Nothing, Lord. Nothing at all
What is the rent when in heaven I live
Nothing, Lord. Nothing at all

Free, Lord. You set me free
All for no charge you have forgiven me
Nothing I bring you. Nothing I have
Is worth what you’ve given to me

I have been ransomed. I’ve been redeemed
All for no charge you have forgiven me
All that you ask is that I give my life
Just as you gave yours for me

He was taken by a legion of soldiers in the middle of the night. An illegal court hearing was held where He was beaten and spit upon. They sent Him to Pilate where He was lashed 40 times. He had a crown of thorns pout on His head and was mocked and beaten by the guards. .He was offered up to be set free, but the crowd cried “Crucify Him.” He carried His own cross until the weight was too much and they had someone help Him. The nailed Him to that cross and set it upright. While hanging there, in the midst of that torture, he cried out “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do” Then he gave up Hie life for my sins. For my failures. To heal my diseases. I did nothing to earn my salvation and I can do nothing to buy His grace. Nothing at all. His mercy on my life is what rescued me. He gave that to me, and so much more, that day he died on the cross. Then He rose victorious and he is with me every day to guide me, watch over me, heals me, provide for me. All because He loves me. Despite my wretchedness, He loved me so much That He died for me. I did nothing to deserve His love. Nothing at all.

Isaiah 53:5-6 King James Version (KJV)
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

I Am So Glad For His Grace

I’m far from perfect need I dare say
So many times I have drifted away
My life’s in limbo day after day
I am so glad for His grace

I look at the cross which is where I should be
Then I remember that He died for me
From sin and shame He set me free
I am so glad for His grace

Grace that amazes. Grace that endures
Grace that my pardon from sin assures
Grace more then needed to cover my faults
Wonderful grace. Marvelous grace
I am so glad for His grace

I try to walk the best that I can
I try to hold on to His faithful hand
All that I desire is to stay in His plan
I am so glad for His grace

Often I stumble. Often I fall
Often I wonder why he loves me at all
Often I’m caught in the snare of defeat
But then His grace comes, sets me up on my feet

Grace that amazes. Grace that endures
Grace that my pardon from sin assures
Grace more than needed to cover my faults
Wonderful grace. Marvelous grace
I am so glad for His grace

I don’t deserve an ounce of His grace. Not one minute of His time should be spent on me because I so often just ignore what He asks me to do. I am disobedient, selfish, impatient, insufficient and ungrateful way too often. I know my life often does not please Him because there is sin at the door. I must be a disappointment to Him.

Yet, through all this, He sends His grace. He hears my prayer. He forgives me. He loves me. He dries tears. He calms my fears. He holds me close. He waits for me to turn back to Him. He is my refuge and strength. I do not have to worry when I get lost, He will find me. That’s what His grace is all about, and I am so thankful for grace.

2 Corinthians 12:9  King James Version
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Mercy Finds Me

When the world closes in around me
And sin’s lying at the door
It is then that I call on His mercy
To restore
Make me whole

When I’ve wandered away from His presence
And I can’t find my way back home
It is then that His mercy finds me
Wraps His arms
Around my form

CHORUS
Oh what tender grace He shows me
Oh what mercy He bestows
On what love my Savior has for me
All my life I can rest in Him

When my world closes in around me
And the struggle is hard to bear
It is then that I cry out for mercy
Endlessly
He repairs

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Mercy unending
Grace forevermore
That’s what Jesus lavishes on me
For eternity

CHORUS

Mercy is All I Need

Lord how I need to cry out to you
In the middle of my distress
I cannot find rest
In the midst of this mess
Your mercy all that I need

Lord I have walked away from you
I cannot find peace for my soul
I’m desperate for you
Don’t know what I should do
Your mercy is all I need

Mercy is all I need
Mercy is all I need
My soul’s in your hands
Only you understand
The depth of the mercy I need

Then I hear your sweet voice calling out to me
Saying son I’ve forgiven your sins
Don’t give them a thought
Just turn and walk
Follow the path where I lead

I do not hold them against you
I do not tell them again
I do not see your sins anymore
To me you are sin free and clean

Mercy is all I need
Mercy is all I need
My soul’s in your hands
Only you understand
The depth of the mercy I need

Mercy Never Gives Up

I’m not sure why you put up with me
I am not always following you
I turn to the left
Or I turn to the right
I’m ashamed of the things that I do

Yet in the midst of my wandering
Your Spirit still seems to work
He straightens my steps
Puts me back on the path
So I’m running right back to you

Your mercy never gives up on me
Never rests on my behalf
I know I can trust
In your wonderful love
To draw me closer to you

Forgive me Lord my transgression
Help me move past all of my sin
My desire is for you
For your love is true
And your mercy never gives up