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Lift the Flag Higher…

Tozer on Divine Attributes

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an excerpt:
Once in conversation with his friend Eckermann, the poet Goethe turned to thoughts of religion and spoke of the abuse of the divine name. ”People treat it,” he said, ”as if that incomprehensible and most high Being, who is even beyond the reach of thought, were only their equal. Otherwise they would not say ‘the Lord God, the dear God, the good God.’ This expression becomes to them, especially to the clergy, who have it daily in their mouths, a mere phrase, a barren name, to which no thought whatever is attached. If they were impressed by His greatness they would be dumb, and through veneration unwilling to name Him.

Lord of all being, throned afar,
They glory flames from sun and star;
Center and soul of every sphere,
Yet to each loving heart how near!

Lord of all life, below, above,
Whose light is truth, whose warmth is love,
Before Thy ever-blazing throne
We ask no luster of our own.

(Oliver Wendell Holmes)

Key of Thanksgiving

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Just give thanks

For every small disclosure

Seeing God is no

Small chore these days

Think that Right and Peace

And Everlasting

Looks on you with

Never changing Grace

Gives you help

While you are digging

Elsewhere

Lifts your chin

When you refuse to smile

Brings His best

And that quite past

Imagining

Just to have you

Sit with Dad a while.

So just come

And tell Him

How you love Him

Other words will soon

Come pouring

From within

See with eyes that

Claim a Kingdom glorious

There to serve

Completely without sin.

Convict-shun

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Yeah the stripes are on

I know the part full well

The shuffle and the clanking noise

I’ve seen the brink of hell

And all just to survive

The shivs are out there keen

To pull a job

Or squeeze a mark

Is all I’ve ever seen.

A preacher speaks of hope

Rants on the tube each week

And offers peace and ransom

Just ask and knock and seek

But all in life seems hard

The risks and threats I know

Oh but to wash these damn

Stripes off!

And leap and laugh and grow.

And Jesus’ words resounding

Right down my darkened hall

“I know the debts still on your bill

And Friend I paid them all.”