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Into Our Night

When was the decision to be born amongst men, women, and dear children? Long time ago, Amen!   Th’Almighty saw our plight and so sent forth the Lamb, to come into our night, the King of Kings, Infant.   When did our Creator know he would bear the sin of strong, weak, rich and poor? Before the world, Amen!   No rex or rules which shun could quench the great I Am’s joyful zeal to touch us,  coax all to enter


Ragamuffin_John in Poetry - Songs

Good Works

Good works, the act of being still, ever finding strength in God's perpetual will.   Mercy flows from a heart declared. The Voice does not tire, words live through His heirs.   There is a burden, 'twill be confessed, "To do the will of the One Who sent."   Once obeyed, agapé dispensed,^ there, another good work commenced. __________ ^ What does agape love really mean in the Bible?


Ragamuffin_John in Poetry - Songs

See Salt

The song-poem below, written after reading Leviticus 2   Focus is on the latter part of verse 13:  “with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.”   Every action is an offering, ourselves, poured out.^ By word, expression—in ev’ry deed, God shall see salt.^^   Salt, the flavoring of Life, from Heaven, poured. Like the forgiven forgive and the blessed tithe, received salt, shared with the Lord.   Our trust, grounded to obedie


Ragamuffin_John in Poetry - Songs

Not Only Is This So

Meditation before writing the song below: Romans 5:9-11 9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! 10 For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.


Ragamuffin_John in Poetry - Songs

Carry Us Forever

A short hymn, after reading: Psalm 28:7,9 and Psalm 29:1-2,10-11    Carry us forever, Oh Lord, in your arms, faithful Great Shepherd whose lost sheep are found, thereafter sustained by your strength at all hours. We trust and You help, thus joyful praise sounds. Give praise to the Lord, you set apart souls, marvel at green pastures and creation's roar! May the Lord bless people with His Shalom, as songs ascend astride His Spirit's splendor!


Ragamuffin_John in Poetry - Songs

We Will Arise

(after reading Psalm 20)   We will arise and stand up straight,* fly our flags of victory—shout the Name! Adonai has answered through Yeshua HaMashiach: on the third day, Glory; we follow by His right hand.**   Some trust in chariots, some in the power that pulls. We trust in the Blood that washes white as wool.^ Help beyond the mountains^^ comes from the sanctuary of the God of Jacob, His Spirit for the weary.+ __________  * Psalm 20:8

The Fulness of Love

(The poem below, after reading 1 John 4:10-21 and 1 John 5:14-16, with particular focus on the bolded in 1 John 4:17 (KJV) ~ Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world)   Are we as God is? In this world, do we frame Him so that all men see?   This is revival, seen, pure: the Sin-bearer's love, the perfection of love.   Fearless before God, for He


Ragamuffin_John in Poetry - Songs

Harmless Lamb of God

I wrote the hymn/poem below after reading Hebrews 7:25-27 (KJV):   5 Wherefore he [Messiah Jesus] is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.   26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;   27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own s

The Way

(after reading Acts of the Apostles 9)   To be in the Way is to call on the Name of Jesus. Though having not seen, trust binds a dream to reason. History attests the two covenants are married to the common thread of love of the Groom in all seasons, that He Who loved first would slake the thirst of the lost, starting with Jacob and spreading  abroad Pentecost’s Church.   The Way no longer waits, Spirit pours in Abba’s Kingdom. Our sons


Heaven reels in song when any sinner repents, * as joy makes more room.   Angel anthems ring ‘round the elders and the throne. God’s will comes to earth!   Leaves, for touch to heal,  stretch to shade Mount of Olives, thousands of cures felt!   “Jeshurun”, whispered, ** crescendos on angels’ lips, hails love for the bride.   “Behold all things new!” *** finds fulfillment in the Son. Peace rejuvenates.


Sovereignty was once as seamless as a breath, until Adam exhaled his own desire, as if all that God had said could not fulfill. Too late then, too late now, caught as liar. Falsely thinking that God was not enough, this the seed of wanting something more, as if the universe had failed to signal hope that each moment in the infinite is sure. Jesus, bridge from fallenness to full, spanning over the chasm between the Call and our sin which grapples to keep blind every ey

Openness to God

Mysterious, the Holy Trinity; miraculous, Heaven even hears me. Spirit, Father, Son—One, Tri-manifestation; the Body—my requests among a million orations.*   Whence this openness to the One God? Christ is greater than my conscience!** Thus, by grace the blessed Root of Jesse calls me to reverential renderings   …of words, proclaiming God is good, …of offering up of servanthood, …of attitude and deeds of dedication, …of zeal for Ado


Rejoicing within is like a dance. One urges we give the floor a chance. Timbrel, harp, cymbals, guitar, form music unlike ours, play in the ordinary people, the people who rejoice.   We will close a like-minded circle, move in shouldered melody, clap about God’s grace and inspiration, shout at each other’s cue with glee.   Rejoicing in the Lord is like a dance, where gratitude leads happiness. This warmth some may call a feeli

I--and Not Another

The song below was written after I read... Job 19:25-27 25 I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. 26 And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; 27 I myself will see him with my own eyes-I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! I will see Him with my eyes, I--and not another. Others, with their own sight: this remnant shall discover as they shine in marvelous Light of God's handiwork

The Ransomer

(after reading Matthew 20:26-34.  Note how this Scripture narrative describes activity at Jericho)*   The risen Ransomer is with us! How easy to give God his due! Caesar, an outside reminder, Yeshua, Companion we know. **   “Aware of God” is much like saying, “I sense a dad and a mum.” Adoption, as real as creation,*** moves doubt’s mountain-imaginations.^   We’ve yelled, “Son of David, have mercy!”, been trumpets for a Jericho ma

His Mercies Go Before Me

A hymn melody came to me this morning, when I pondered the opening words of Ephesians 2:8, For by grace are you saved through faith.    And, so these words, for a new song (Psalms 96:1; Ephesians 5:18-20) His mercies go before me, his good will to arrange. Just how the steward and sovereignty accomplish, God’s to say. We know our humble part, How faith is seed to make us see the Kingdom of the Christ whose mercy meets our praise. His mercies go before me our trust need neve


Ragamuffin_John in Poetry - Songs

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