Saturday, 27 May 2017

THE MAN IN THE GLORY

The Man in the glory has captured my heart:
While still here on earth I have learned that my part
Is soon to be with Him in heaven above,
Absorbed in His favour while held by His love.
 

Sunday, 21 May 2017

THE HEAD

The Head's provision does not cease,
And we are nourished, warmed and led;
While by God's favour we increase
As we hold fast the Head.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

GRASS

Looking towards the Eildon Hills

Far on the hillsides,
Or near in the park, grass is
A consolation.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

SEASONS

God, for our comfort,
Provides each in their seasons,
The cold and the heat.

Friday, 12 May 2017

A FEW LINKS

I'm just posting a few links that you may find of interest today:

Good Christian teaching

A Word in its Season magazine, which I help to edit

My Indian photographs

Songs and Hymns of mine which I have put together in a book

Vessel and other verse of mine



If any links don't work please let me know! 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

ENDS

How does it work,
The Computer, where pulses form
New virtualities on
A myriad screens?  How
Does it interpret the messages,
Without interferences, to achieve
A myriad ends?  The science nearly
Is as far beyond me as the achieving
Of the multifarious ends
Of the operations of God.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Saturday, 29 April 2017

THE KING GOD PROVIDED

1 Samuel 16: 18

"Jah exists";
And a root of that source
Shall stand as a banner.
Nations shall seek it.

One "who is skilled in playing";
The sweet Psalmist of Israel,
Leader of God's praise.

"He is a valiant man,
And a man of war" equipped
To invade the enemy's valley.

"And skilled in speech"; so thy
Wonder at the words of grace
Coming from His mouth.

"And of good presence"; the stately step
Of a king, shining through
The form of a bondman.

And divinely-opened eyes
Will discern
"Jehovah is with him"




Title: see 1 Samuel 16: 1
"Jah exists" is the meaning of "Jesse".
Verse 1: see Isaiah 11: 10.
Verse 2: see 2 Samuel 23: 1
Verse 3: see1 Samuel 17
Verse 4: see Luke 4: 22
Verse 5: see Proverbs 31: 29-31, and Philippians 2: 7
 

Monday, 24 April 2017

DEUTERONOMY 21


One has been found                            We have found

Slain, in the land; who                        A heifer never

Is the slayer?                                       Subject to man’s will.

 

Measure with the reed;                       Bring it to the watercourse

Is that the nearest city,                        Which has its spring

Jerusalem?                                           Beyond the will of man.

 

Measure more closely                          Take the heifer

The line stretches to                            To the flowing watercourse

Heart and conscience.                         Break its neck there.

 

The blood of Jesus

Is the only atonement

For the sin that shed it.

 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

SCOWTH


Scowth is scowth, whitever fur?
Aathing that delicht yer gurr,
Gif ye're share ye'll mind ava
No tae brak an aesome la.


That's an attempt at a Scots translation of the English of:

http://johnirons.blogspot.co.uk/search?updated-max=2015-01-22T12:21:00%2B01:00&max-results=10

which translates the Danish of:

http://tosommerfugle.blogspot.dk/2012/07/piet-hein-trste-gruk-om-frihed.html

Does it make any sense to any readers from the Netherlands?

Saturday, 15 April 2017

PAUL


The greater adventurer, you were a good soldier
Of Jesus Christ, striving in the good conflict,
Unentangled with the affairs of life
To be pleasing to the One who enlisted you;
Clad in the complete armour of God,
Belt, breast‑plate, helmet and sword,
Armour for advance only; standing,
Having done all things, able to say
That you had combated the good combat
‑ Example and guide for all who attempt the Way.

Strong drink brims in the vessel. It tilts,
Pluming a rich fruitful ribbon to the sand.
The aroma mulls through the mind. A purple clot
Decorates the desert. Then fades. This was the libation.

Among your frequent journeys
Why did your send your companions
By ship while going yourself on foot?
Was it to feel the land's
Tilth, the desert sand
And the rock's grain, conducive
To the spirit's soaring, the soul's
Grasping; and the silence needed
To go aside and rest a while
Close only to your Lord and Master?

Saturday, 8 April 2017

PARABLE

The vital water, silting and moistening,
Compounds the good ground.

The fecund seed, broadcast on the earth
Clung in the good ground.

The thievish birds jibbed at the nets
Shielding the good ground.

Roots writhed down, toward the procreant water
Imbuing the good ground.

Toward the sun sprouts pullulate
Out from the good ground.

Master, garner the mellow fruit
From your good ground.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

LUKE 15

What the shepherd looked for
Was one who would recognise
His voice, one who would follow
His feet, one to enjoy
His pastures, one who was suitable
To be brought to the house.

What the woman sought
Was one who would shimmer to
Her lamp, one who would show
The Master’s face, one to enhance
Value within the house.

And what the father looked out for
Was one who could wear
The best robe with dignity, act
According to the gold ring, dance
Like a son in the sandals. One
With whom, in his house, he could share.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

ORDER

Unarranged, the sensations
Suck by my senses to
My "faulty sensory perception".

Within, further confusion,
The sense of humour
Disarranging.

From the core
The sense of sny
Deranged.

O wretched man that I am!
Who shall deliver me
From this body of death?

If what I need is a Deliverer
What I gain also
Is a Master.

If what I need is an Escape
What I gain
Is also a Lord.

If what I need is a Resource
What I have
Is a Head also.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

MASTER

How sweetly doth, "My Master sound, my Master";
   When sin appeared to overwhelm
And wreak disaster
   The Saviour deftly seized the helm,
And I rejoice to voyage with such a master.

Sin made me out of sorts and out of key
   And death loomed like a gloomy cell
To harrow me;
   His victory makes praises well,
Knowing that Christ now holds the master key.

If Satan seemed to gain the victory
  Through power, despair, defeat and loss,
With enmity
   In love and weakness on the cross
The Lord of glory gained the mastery.

As His disciple needing to be taught
   I need to hear the Master speak
And to be brought
   To One so glorious and meek
That it is of Himself I'm taught. 

As His apprentice I set out to piece
   Pieces together in His way:
What poor increase!
   Yet when my dust is cleared away
I shall stand by Him as His masterpiece.



How sweetly doth, "My Master sound, my Master", is the first line of The Odour 2 Cor 2: 15 by George Herbert.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

THE SON AND THE SPIRIT

Firstly, a woman,
In whom that which was begotten in her,
As power of the Highest overshadowed her,
Was of the Spirit of God.
 
Then an ambience of receptors,
Like pistils for pollen,
Prepared for Him in the temple
By the Holy Spirit of God.
 
About thirty years progressed
Till the substance of divine approval
Anointing a praying Man
Was the Holy Spirit.
 
An active life followed
Each word, step or touch
Blessing to men
By the Spirit of God.
 
Qualified for glory, qualified
For rule - He was qualified
To offer Himself to God
By the eternal Spirit.

Risen, elevated, honoured,
At the Father’s right
He acted as Minister of grace
Giving His Holy Spirit.
 
He has His church now
Integrated and vital,
Welled by the love of God,
Through the One Spirit.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

JOSEPH'S HOUSE

Over his house there was a man
Who knew the secrets of his mind
And worked to implement his plan
Till Joseph’s brethren were refined.

Within Christ’s house the Spirit acts
Administering Christ’s affairs,
And bringing in Christ’s peace attracts
To Christ the hearts of Christ’s co-heirs.

Blest Holy Spirit, we delight
To know Thy mind is life and peace;
Thy workings make our hearts unite,
And make our love for Christ increase.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

JOSEPH IN EGYPT

As Joseph’s wisdom’s words were proved,
Telling how Egypt should begin
The Pharaoh’s admiration moved
To say God’s Spirit dwelt within.

No doubt the Spirit guided, for
Whatever Joseph’s place or role;
As brother, slave or governor
He showed an equal self-control.

And now, in truth, God’s Spirit dwells
Within the faithful hearts of saints
To exercise the power that wells
In praises, and in sin’s restraints.

Friday, 17 March 2017

THE BLOOD OF CHRIST

Nothing else is ever needed
But the blood of Christ
That salvation may be pleaded:
Nothing else.

Nothing less gives satisfaction
To God's rights or heart
In the face of sin's infraction;
Nothing less.

Nothing more has been demanded,
Nothing we can add;
In His love God has commanded
Nothing more.

 

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

THE ROCK

THE ROCK
Free to be bound for where I willed
I tramped; by-ways, cross-paths, bent
My footsteps; what turned my campaign?
What stumbling-block hampered me;
What damped? No end appeared,
However long my feet stamped
Or my muscles struggled. With no lamp
To lead, nothing in which to confide,
What tampered with my will? Justice, that Rock,
Broke me, blocked me, drove me from my own way.

But where to hide? Where I ventured
Storms mock and shafts of lightning
Deride meagre strivings. That Sinai
Cannot provide a shelter. Yet truth
Is my only Rock and Refuge:
Oh grace and truth deploys
The cleft in which, safe, I abide;
Mercy was guide up to this haven.
Blood poured, a saving tide
From the stricken side of the Son of God.

After these ways and such protection
Rescued by mercy and by God's grace,
Saved, sustained and nobly elevated.
From being cock of my own dunghill,
Set among nobles, one stone
In its place; with a princely people.
These feet once grazed now prancing,
Hinds feet, firm on the Rock.
What power to convey a lofty degree:
Co-heirs with the pre-eminent Man!

From my new stance, seeking sweetness
For enhancement of fresh modes of love,
Joy to my countenance, power to make me
Dance, where should I go? The Rock,
Sublime answer to each circumstance,
Seemed to unlock - the honey poured.
No time or chance will now meet me
For which there is no solution: Christ -  
For me to gather, His undeviance,
His loveliness, my model, my way of advance.

So long deplored, the old structure
Lies shattered, not to be restored
Nor rebuilt. Where can I Build? The Rock
Rejected once, now adored, constitutes
The only Foundation. Here God has worked - 
This sure place. Knock and chisel
The stones till their curbed forms afford
Virtue of the bed-rock; ignore no fault
But relish quality, a good hoard
In each exploring consonances of Christ.

Fruits flourish; the tree sprouts
By the pure spring whose attributes derive
From its source, the struck Rock; psalms
Erupt from hearts; bruiting with joy
Clear compositions. The Spirit's flow
Contributes the music. By still waters
The bright flock, rested in safety,
Imbibes what distributes health,
Fresh responses. Through water free
From pollution or harm the purity wells.

Oil exudes; sucking from the Rock
Let us exploit what God provides
From It to employ our hearts in praise
As anointed servants; let light shine
From us who walk in the Spirit's power
To express God's goodness in voice
And ways. Employ priests lips,
Priest's members in all our days.
From our Rock towards our God loose
Rejoicing, admiration, adoration, love!

Friday, 10 March 2017

SELFLESSNESS

Selflessness: always the sheep,
All wanderers and all in need,
Brambled, fallen, or sickening,
Occupied His days. Touching,
Searching and healing He cared for them;
Whatever the distance, the hour, the depths,
Like the urgent benighted fisher
He was on call and on duty. Tenderly
He bore the lambs; patiently
Led the sheep; constantly was door
To their fold: both in metaphor and fact
He laid down His life for the sheep.

Monday, 6 March 2017

LOVE

Love worked to form a universe
That Men with Love should dwell therein;
Love worked in grandeur to reverse
The early ravages of Sin;
Love made, in wisdom from above,
A place where it could work in Love.

Love saw the depths to which Man fell
When he rejected Love for lust;
Love took the action to repel
The fallen Man Love could not trust;
But Love had purposed long before
To bring Man's soul to Love once more.

Love came to Earth to show to Man
Love's perfect way bring Man back;
Love, that had first conceived the plan,
Was subjected to Man's attack;
Love, that endured Man's works of shame,
Went willingly to bear the blame.

Love found some answer to the way
In which, through Love, it had come near;
Where Love had been in full display
The Few found Love cast out their fear;
Here though the many might deride
Love has where it may now abide.

From an ascended place on high
Love sent the power to link the Few
To its abode and draw them nigh
In Love whose touch is always new.
And Love has come to shed abroad
Within their hearts the Love of God.

Love welcomes us to its domain;
Paternal Love surrounds us there,
With Love to lead, Love to sustain,
Love for Love's own with whom we share.
Love finds its perfect rest above,
Enjoying those secured by Love.

And every day Love shows the way
By which the Few may humbly go;
And Love rejoices to display
Itself to them that they may grow.
Till with the saints Love takes above
We glory in eternal Love.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

WORK

I sought to answer to the Lord's command
To work for Him; immediately Pride
Came puffing up and told me, "Make it grand
So that your reputation will abide".
But what was said by Simpleness-of-eye?
"Look steadfastly on Christ who is on high."

Now Self came rushing forward to agree
With Pride; and fearful, said "Don't be a fool
And risk there being any harm to me:
Beware you do not use a two  edged tool!"
But what was said by Simpleness-of-eye?
"Look steadfastly on Christ who is on high."

Stiff-necked Legality next sought my ear
Suggesting, with stentorian demand,
That I should labour only in his fear
And let his iron talon guide my hand.
But what was said by Simpleness-of-eye?
"Look steadfastly on Christ who is on high."

Ease yawned and said, "Forget the word of truth,
Or maybe leave it for another day",
While Pleasure called to me, with Lusts-of-Youth,
To try to show a more convenient way.
But what was said by Simpleness-of-eye?
"Look steadfastly on Christ who is on high."

O Holy Spirit, help that I may be
A workman who has not to be ashamed,
Without distraction as empowered by Thee
And building so that Jesus is acclaimed;
Help me to say with Simpleness-of-eye,
"Look steadfastly on Christ who is on high."

Thursday, 9 February 2017

OFF TO INDIA

Hi!

Off to add to the collection at http://dcbindia.blogspot.co.uk/ for a couple of weeks, visiting believers on the Lord Jesus there.  If the Lord will.

Thankful for prayers for the visit;
Grace be with you all

David

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

HOMELESSNESS

Homelessness: Adam's condition,
Ousted from Eden, He took part in
From His moment of birth. A beast has its earth;
A bird its nest; even the sun its tent;
He had nowhere to lay His head.
He must pass by foot the land's length,
Becoming wearied, requesting refreshment,
His feet roughed by shards of stone.
Though always purposefully advancing to that ultimate  
Homelessness; friendlessness  
That through anguish for men He should secure
Never to be lacked, God's concept of home.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

REFRESHMENT

"Does not His love refresh my spirit now?
- Does not His love restore my soul."  I long
For that domain where, grace says, I belong
Though in this desert.  He will tell me how
He walked loves pathway till He had to bow
And give His spirit up.  He gives a song
To cheer my footsteps though I trudge along,
Assuring me how well He will endow
With grace - Does not His love restore my soul?
Does not His love refresh my spirit now?
Does not His grace bring heaven into view,
While mercy makes my wounded spirit whole.
Yet, from this wilderness, grace will allow
Me to refresh His soul and spirit too.


This sonnet originated in reading the following ministry:
http://www.stempublishing.com/authors/darby/PRACTICE/16050E.html

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

THEIR GOD

After the death of Joseph, God’s dreamer,
Egypt haltered Israel,
Bowed under brick.
What did they need? God knew well
And, sovereignly philanthropic,
Came as Redeemer.
 
Shot of the Egyptian, their horse-dealer,
Fed by the Passover lamb,
Led through the Red Sea,
With tambours psalming their psalm:
Yet God perceived their need that He
Should be their Healer.

In the desert, watered by Moses’ rod,
Daily fed by manna, yet
Flesh-bridled to err,
Meandering with regret
They found God willing to be their
Tabernacle God.

Come to the land of honey, milk, cedar,
Store-corn, water-brooks, brave towns
And walled enemies:
As they wreaked justice on crowns,
Sword or wall in their victories
God was their Leader.



Such-loving-kindness! What an investor

Of love! What adaptation

To His people’s need!

Till, glad in His salvation,

In the house to which His plans led

God is a Rester.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

HORSE

A horse girt in the loins goes by the will
Of him who caused it to be harnessed. He
Live on the principle of hearing till,
Moved by the Father's purpose and decree,
He suffered on the cross. But He had served
The weakest and most needy of mankind,
While in His life below He never swerved
From doing what was in the Father's mind.
 
And still He serves: He serves as Advocate
Before the Father, as Priest for all our days
Of need, and for the Father's heart: how great
That it is He who leads the Father's praise!
 
And while we wait for Him the Spirit joins
His help to faithful saints “girt in the loins”.



26 May 2015 Worcester

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

DANIEL

He was what he ate: not
The adulterated food of Chaldea
Fit for a - heathen - king
But the simple, pure, pulse.


The lion “king of beasts”:
Yet they were to form
His court; there he stood, ennobled,
Lionised in their company.

If the word of God left him
Astonied, the word of God
Was the tower of strength
To speak truth to tyranny.


Amid the stench of a court
Here was a person so just
That no tinge of it clung to
A man, right with his God.

Thus he continued. Kings
Tried or fumbled the reins;
He, upright before his God,
Was “One greatly beloved”.

Monday, 23 January 2017

BETHEL

Genesis 28 & 37

The place made Jacob's flesh recoil
In face of things which were divine;
Yet, if he first poured only oil
Returning he poured oil and wine.

The Spirit graciously portrays
Himself as substance to deploy
To honour God and as God's ways
Adjust our souls we give God joy.

And substance whereby God anoints
The saints He chooses to refine
To fill the places He appoints,
Whose hearts are glad, and faces shine.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

SERVANT

Abraham's servant did his will
In going to a distant land
To find and guide a woman till
She was the bride for Isaac's hand.

And so the Holy Spirit serves
In His meek place to suit God's mind;
He works to nourish and preserve
Christ's bride, till she will be refined.

And saints serve in humility
And meekness garnered from His ways
And, serving in His company,
They burgeon in their Master's traits.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

TIME

Before God’s earliest actions in creation had begun
The One we know as Father loved the One we know as Son.

Before God made our planet as a dwelling for mankind,
The Man who shed His precious blood was in the Father’s mind.
 
Before man’s course of sin and disobedience had its start
I had a status as a son, within the Father’s heart.
 
**********
 
After God’s operations in the realms of time are done
Our God and Father will receive the kingdom from the Son.
 
After rebellion’s last defeat when everything is blest
God’s tabernacle will be there and all will be at rest.

After He has disposed of worlds affected by sin’s taints
God will have Christ as source of joy - and Christ formed in the saints.

**********

Now God is working on the earth where Christ was crucified
That in the hearts of ransomed saints Christ might be magnified.

Now through the Son and Spirit’s work in testimonial ways
Saints are secured, and formed like Christ, to give the Father praise.

Now saints rejoice to be for Christ where He has been despised
While features of assembly light are being realised.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

HIS KINGDOM

His kingdom will not cease
To flourish and increase
In righteousness and peace.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

CAMELS

What wealth the stolid camels bore
With Eliezer as their guide,
But Isaac saw them bearing more:
The coming camels bore his bride.

What wealth of heaven Thou dost bear,
Blest Spirit: it cannot be priced.
We wonder at Thy faithful care
As Thou dost bear the bride to Christ.

And God sees the fidelity
Of persons who have learned Thy ways;
He will have through eternity
Such faithful servants for His praise.

Monday, 2 January 2017

LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED

"Let not your heart be troubled", Jesus told
The eleven as He girt them for their grief:
Knowing their faith in God He could unfold
That He would be their Object of belief.
He told them, "In the Father's house there are
Many abodes"; He would prepare a place
Distinctly ours, above the highest star,
Where we shall be before the Father's face.

"I go", He told them, and the going meant
The cross, the tomb, the garden, and the throne;
He came alone; but through the way He went
The Christ our Lord did not remain alone.

For, taken from the scene where we have grieved,
It is unto Himself we are received.