The Word…

The Word

Isaac Wimberly

If there are words for Him, then I don’t have them.
You see my brain has not yet reached the point.
Where it could form a thought that could adequately
describe the greatness of my God
And my lungs have not yet developed the ability to,
release a breathe with enough agility to
breathe out the greatness of His love
And my voice, you see my voice is so inhibited
Restrained by human limits,
that’s hard to even send the praise up
You see if there are words for Him,
I don’t have them.

 

My God, His grace is remarkable
Mercies are innumerable
Strength is impenetrable
He is honourable, accountable
Favourable, He’s unsearchable yet knowable
Indefinable yet approachable
Indescribable yet personal
He is beyond comprehension
Further than imagination
Constant through generations
King of every nation
But if there are words for Him,
Then I don’t have them.

 

You see my words are few
In trying to capture the one true God
Using my vocabulary would never do
But I use words as an expression,
An expression of worship to a Saviour
A Saviour who is both worthy and deserving of my praise
So I use words.

 

My heart extols the Lord. Blesses His name forever.
He has won my heart, Captured my mind
And has bound them both together
He is defeated me in my rebellion
Conquered me in my sin
He has welcomed me into His presence
Completely invited me in
He has made Himself the object of my sight
Flooding me with mercies in the morning
Drowning me with grace in the night.
But if there are words for Him,
Then I don’t have them.

 

But what I do have is, good news
For my God knew that man-made words
Would never do, the words are just tools
That we use to point to the truth
So He sent His son Jesus Christ
As The Word, living proof
He is the image of the invisible God
The first born of all creation
For by Him all things were created
Giving nothingness formation
And by His words He sustains
In the power of His name
For He is before all things
And over all things He reigns
Holy is His name.

 

So praise Him for His life
The way he persevered in strife
The humble son of God becoming the perfect sacrifice
Praise Him for His death
That He willingly stood in our place
That He lovingly endured the grave
That He battled our enemy
And on the third day rose in Victory
He is everything that was promised
Praised as the risen King
Lift your voice and sing
For one day He will return for us
And we will finally be united with our Saviour
For eternity, eternity.

 

So it’s not just words that I proclaim
For my words point to The Word
And The Word has a name
Hope has a name
Joy has a name
Peace has a name
Love has a name
And that name is Jesus Christ
Praise His name FOREVER!

Prayer Breakfast

St James next Prayer Breakfast will be on Saturday 7th March at 8:30 am when our guest speaker will be Geoffrey Peddie. The title of his talk is “More Stories to Tell” in which he will reflect on encounters and significant occasions. If you still haven’t been able to come to one of our Breakfasts please don’t think it is too late. Everybody is welcome whether you are a regular or a first time visitor.

New Every Morning

New Every Morning

Firstly I wish you a Happy New Year. We are already one month into this year and it has already been eventful. We may be wondering what it holds in store for us all!

You will all doubtless remember the hymn which we used to sing when we were (much) younger which began with this line. As we grew it became a favourite with most of us, and it still gave us much joy when we sang it as adults. “New every morning is the love our wakening and uprising prove. Through sleep and darkness safely brought; restored to life and power, and thought”. I well recall singing it at school assemblies (whatever happened to those?), and later as a choirboy, and still later as a fully fledged chorister!

Today, well into my seventies, the words of this lovely hymn are still very much on my heart and I sing them to myself on many an occasion – and even out loud when there is nobody else around!

As this is the first magazine to be published this year. New beginnings are very much on our minds, and for some folk looking back and looking forward is an annual event, taking stock and planning the coming year.

Now I do not wish to make light of this idea, but I often wonder how often we make these plans and either forget all about them or perhaps find that before the year is very old they are out of date and new plans are in place?

This is where our hymn comes into the picture. Our Lord sees us on our life’s journey one day at a time. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus says “Do not worry about what you will eat or what you will wear, but be concerned about the Kingdom of God and what He requires of you, and He will provide all these things. So do not worry about tomorrow, for it will have enough worries of its own!” The hymn echoes this in the second verse: “New mercies each returning day hover around us while we pray; New perils past, new sins forgiven; New thoughts of God, new hopes of Heaven”. It takes us a stage further in the next verse, “If on our daily course our mind be set to hallow all we find, new treasures still, of countless price, God will provide for sacrifice”.

So instead of making resolutions and promises we may not be able to keep at the beginning of each year, my thoughts are that God is much more likely to bless and guide us forward if we commit ourselves to Him at the beginning of each new day. It enables Him to put into operation HIS plan which is achievable, and upon which HE will be able to build little by little.

Only, O Lord, in Thy Dear Love

Fit us for perfect rest above

And help us, this and every day

To live more nearly as we pray.

God Bless you in 2015.

God Bless and allow His word to teach your spirit.

Peter

 

Five Senses…

Five Senses

Do you ever think about thanking God for the wonderful gifts He gives us as His creation? If you do, then I wonder if you have included your five senses!

A friend of mine went into the country for a holiday was staying on a farm. On his first morning there he went outside and immediately was struck by the farmyard smells. You may recoil at the idea and say ‘no thank you!’ but he was thrilled by the new experience and began to thank God for his senses.

The Lord said back to him ‘you have discovered your sense of smell, now discover the others’. So my friend went for a walk and discovered some heart-warming things around him.

Firstly he began to notice the colours of the flowers and fields in which he was. He saw the behaviour of the animals (and the farmer as well) and the light on the water and the fields. So he thanked God for what he saw.

Then he touched the trees and the leaves on them. He picked up fir cones and felt them. Then he found a bird’s feather and was awed by its softness and fragile appearance. So he thanked God for the things he touched.

The touch of the bird feather suddenly made him aware of the singing of the birds in the trees, and then the machinery of the farm going on around him. Most of all he noted the sound of the wind through the trees and the sound of his footsteps through the grass. So he thanked God for the things he heard.

The thought of tasting something made him realise that it was time for morning coffee and so he started back to his little holiday flat. But God had saved the best for last! As my friend walked on, savouring and pondering upon the new experiences he had found that morning the Lord put the words of psalm 34 into his mind; “O taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man that trusts in Him”.

So often we take the world around us for granted and fail to recognise the beauty and order of creation. So often we are quick to destroy some of that beauty in order to ‘develop’ it for the purposes of making money. Too often we do not realise just how much it may grieve our Lord when we fail to take proper care of the world of which we are stewards.

Some of us are bereft of one or more of those five senses, but God compensates us for those things. Nevertheless we ought to remember that God gave us the world to enjoy as well as care for, and we should be eager in thanking Him for the wonders of his creation, and the means that he has given us to do so!

“O taste and see that the Lord is good”. Psalm 34:8

 

God Bless

Peter

 

 

 

 

 

Bless The Lord O My Soul…

Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

You’re rich in love, and You’re slow to anger
Your name is great, and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

Jesus, I’ll worship Your holy name
Lord, I’ll worship Your holy name

Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name
Jesus, I’ll worship Your holy name
I’ll worship Your holy name