Your Love is Strong by Jon Foreman

These lyrics has been a favorite of those listening to Jon Foreman in his aftershows. This piece shows the powerful love of God for us, displayed by what He’s done and is doing for us now, and what He’ll do for us. This is a combination of the Lord’s model prayer and the discourse on needs.

Heavenly Father,  You always amaze me
Let Your kingdom come in my world and in my life

Give me the food I need
To live through today

And forgive me as I forgive
The people that wrong me.
Lead me far from temptation
Deliver me from the evil one.

I look out the window
The birds are composing
Not a note is out of tune
Or out of place

I walk to the meadow
And stare at the flowers
Better dressed than any girl
On her wedding day.

So why should I worry?
Why do I freak out?
God knows what I need
You know what I need.

The Kingdom of the Heavens
Is now advancing
Invade my heart
Invade this broken town.

The Kingdom of the Heavens
Is buried treasure
Would you sell yourself
To buy the one you’ve found?

Two things You told me
That You are strong
And You love me
Yes, You love me

Your love is, Your love is
Your love is strong
Your love is, Your love is
Your love is strong!

Our God in Heaven
Hallowed be Thy name
Above all names
Your kingdom come
Your will be done

On earth as it is in Heaven
Give us today our daily bread
Forgive us weary sinners
Keep us far from our vices
And deliver us from these prisons!

“Your Love is Strong” (based on Matthew 6:9-13, 25-31) is from the Spring EP, released 2008. © Atlantic/Lowercase People Records.

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Again by Jon Foreman

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There are times when we go so far away from the One who made us, and we are entangled with the affairs of this life. At those times we need to get on our knees and ask God for revival, to let Him shine through our lives. This is Jon’s prayer in these lyrics.

 

Oh Lord, God of our fathers
This day let it be known
That You Lord, are God of the present times.
Oh Lord, Father of history
This day, let it be known
That You Lord, are present in our human events.

Answer me, oh Lord
Let Your people know
That You’re turning our hearts back to You
Again.

Holy, Holy
You alone are true
Holy, Holy
You alone are true
Turn us back towards You

Answer me, oh God
Let your people know
That you’re turning our hearts back to you
Again.

 

From Again, written by Jon Foreman, published 2008.

Year-End Thoughts: Second Chances

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This Sunday, we had a whole day service dedicated to prayer and fasting. The first prayer time was individual, so I had the time of coming to God alone. And I laid down myself before Him, one thing dawned on me. After that time of prayer, there was the sentences recitation, congregational singing, offering, choir, message, then rest, then singing, and giving of praise testimonies. After that another time for prayer, and this time it was by group. I led the Young Men’s group and as we prayed, one thing dawned on me.

Second chances.

I am thinking of that even as of this moment. I have done a terrible thing in God’s sight and have done terrible things in His sight in the past, and every time I could only cry and beat my chest and bow my head in shame before Him. I remember my sins, my shortcomings, and all I could do is ask forgiveness and mercy, because I think I couldn’t continue on.

But then there was this moment. This moment that after prayer, you’re still existing. I’m still existing. Despite the “death-worthy” deed done (Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death”), I’m still here, typing these words. Living. Continuing on.

Second chances.

I’ve done good things this year. I’ve done terrible things this year, also. And however I wanted to, I couldn’t erase those. But as I think that God is still giving me the coming year 2015 to continue on, I realize that He is giving me a second chance. I don’t believe the quote that “man deserves a second chance.” No. We don’t deserve it, sinful and rebellious and skeptical creatures that we are. But I believe we need it.

And thank God He gives us a second chance. And a third. And a fourth.

Lord, help me not to abuse the second chances you give me. By Your grace. By Your power.