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Trust

so he sat behind his natural defenses
and there he wrestled with the song
he heard his name in every line,
his life in every measure
faced with feelings he could not explain

there was hunger in his hollow hesitation
there was posturing for peace
but even where the spirit willed
the flesh was still maintaining
ground to give only for a sign
and the call went out again

take this bread, drink this cup
know this price has pardoned you
from all that’s hardened you
but it’s going to take some trust

he lost a heartbeat when he heard the testimony
another soul forsaking pride
and quickened by the Spirit
he’s so sure that he could hear it
Jesus his Savior calling him to come

take this bread, drink this cup
know this price has pardoned you
from all that’s hardened you
but it’s going to take some trust

come every soul by sin oppressed
there’s mercy with the Lord
and He will surely give you rest
by trusting in His word

–Smalltown Poets
from Smalltown Poets, 1997

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His Purposes Will Ripen Fast

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace,
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.

–William Cowper
“God Moves in a Mysterious Way” (1774)
as quoted in Suffering and the Sovereignty of God (2006, p. 30)
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We Tremble Not

And though this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us.
The prince of darkness grim,
We tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure,
For lo! his doom is sure;
One little word will fell him.

–Martin Luther
“A Mighty Fortress is Our God” (1529)
as quoted in Suffering and the Soverignty of God (2006, p.20)
read on 6-16-08

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Lover

  I’ve always been a lover from before I drew a breath
  Some things I loved easy and some I loved to death.
  Because love’s no politician, it listens carefully.
  So of those who come I can’t lose one, so you will be set free.

Derek Webb
“Lover”
She Must and Shall Go Free

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Surely God is with Us

Well, who’s that man?
He thinks He’s a prophet?
Well, I wonder if He’s got something up His sleeve
Where’s He from?
Who is His daddy?
There’s rumors He even thinks Himself a king
Of a kingdom of paupers
Simpletons and rogues
The whores all seem to love Him
And the drunks propose a toast!

And they say, “Surely God is with us.
Well, surely God is with us.”
They say, “Surely God is with us today!”

–“Surely God is with Us”, Rich Mullins, The Jesus Record
by Mark Robertson and Beaker

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