The Magi Meet the Maker

Christmas from the wise man’s perspective – from Matthew 2

We watch the stars, we know them well, we know their path and what they tell
The prophet spoke of Jacob’s star, His scepter rose and here we are
The stars they speak, in their own tongue, they tell about the Holy One
We read the story in the sky, we trek to find Him by and by
Though rich in treasure, we’re poor in love, the One we seek is from above
Each day our excitement grows, to meet this King that we don’t know

The story that we’ve heard is true, this King has come for me and you
To shine the light just like the star, to show us what and where we are
And draw us to the Holy Child, Who leads us onward, meek and mild
Our eyes of faith have brought us far, through many lands to where we are
And now it is obscured from view, where will we go, what will we do?
This King is great, this King is strong, His home’s a castle, can that be wrong?

Behold a city now appears, it’s fortified, is His castle here?
Do people know, have these folks seen, this King, the Lord of everything?
King Herod is still the king here, sir, the people say, in frightened words
Alas, they have not heard the news, they cannot seen the star in view
They have not seen His holy light, they do not seek the King tonight
Let’s check in with King Herod now, perhaps he’s heard the news somehow

Now Herod asks where we are from, we’ve come to seek the Holy One
From lands afar and kingdoms east, we’ve come to worship at His feet
Where is the King Whose star is bright, and do you know His name tonight?
It seems Herod’s on shaky ground, asks his advisors where He’s found
The prophets say in Bethlehem, is born to you the great I Am
So go and seek, and then when you, have found Him, tell me, I’ll come too

Outside the city, oh joyous sight, we once again beheld His light
Our course is set upon that star, we once again know where we are
Our next stop is the great I Am, Whose humble home is Bethlehem
We slow, and approach haltingly, to compose ourselves for what will be
Prepare our gift, prepare our heart, that is the most important part
We humbly toward His presence go, worship the One we want to know

Almighty Maker of the star, has come to dwell here where we are
The universe’s Creator soul, has come to seek and make us whole
With words of truth and gentle touch, He shows us that God loves us much
Creator, Judge of all the earth, is here to serve and give us worth
As children of the great high King, we gather here His praise to sing
And those who seek Him in this place, will come to know Him face to face

As we came before Him there, the gifts we brought could not compare
Expecting less, receiving more, from this Child that we adore
No horse, or throne, nor even crown, no fortress with His guards around
His royal presence, displayed full view, outshined all of the kings we knew
This child did not presume this role, this King’s authentic in His soul
Earthly kings their treasure hold, but this King loves, His gifts unfold

Although we’re regal in attire, His royalty trumped us by a mile
Though in a humble home He is, He’s born to rule, wherever He lives
The gold we gave was what we were, the richest men upon the earth
The resin tears of frankincense, used on the altar as insense
And Myrrh, the aromatic spice, for health and healing, sacrifice
Though we gave gifts, He gave us more, a purpose worth living for

Transfixed, our gaze upon His face, no child before has had such grace
His knowing eyes revealed my soul, how sinful choices took their toll
Mistakes I’d made and then forgot, alas, they were forgiven not
We asked for His forgiveness there, our voices trembling in despair
And then it washed up over me, cleared my mind, His peace I see
Redeemed my heart, so I could say, I know my life was changed today

Although we came to give a crown, the peace He gave us still abounds
It overflows our hearts with grace, it heals us right here in this place
Our joy is full, our hearts are light, we will talk about this King all night
And share this news with all we meet, so they can worship at His feet
As we prepared to then depart, God spoke in visions to our heart
We will not go to Herod’s house, return home by another route

Our hearts were changed by worship true, true worship will change your life too
This invitation is good for one, each one must come to meet God’s Son
If you’re seeking, come today, let nothing stop you or delay
Your greatest treasure is here to find, commune each day and with Him dine
Ambassadors to speak His name, His love to share, we tell His fame,
Our faith in God now ever sure, His loving care makes us secure

By Justin Ogden
http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com
justwords@videomemoriespro.com
Copyright December 17, 2017

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Craving God’s Word

God’s word works in powerful ways

The word it fills our craving hearts, we see our need, that’s where it starts
It’s the antiseptic to our sin, that we apply to wounds within
The power that can change us all, from trembling souls to saints like Paul
God’s truth, His essence, penned in words, communicates what we have heard
That word applied to all our lives, directs His body far and wide
God’s word, with skill like surgeon’s knife, will cleanse and heal our hearts tonight
God’s word will deal with us in truth, though we be aged or just a youth
O God, our minds with wisdom fill, to lead and guide, protect us still
God’s word was spoken to endure, protect us from the Devil’s lure
God’s word with wisdom fills our minds, to keep our lives between the lines
The straight and narrow we must walk, of God’s truth our mouths will talk
To God’s truth we will respond, to suffer as He leads us on

By Justin Ogden
http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com
justwords@videomemoriespro.com
Copyright October 19, 2017

My Blessed Sin

Feeling blessed by God is no substitute for putting our faith in God

O joyous heart, to Christ I’m lent, to the One who’s heaven sent
It’s just my pride, it’s not so bad, it keeps my heart from feeling sad
This blessed life I have right now, keeps me from seeing sin somehow
If God has blessed me evermore, why should I grovel on the floor?
Ask Him, forgive me my mistake? it’s no big deal, my heart won’t break
Don’t search for sin now, anymore, just wanting God to bless me more
God loves me so, why would I fret, for things I’ve not forsaken yet
Love myself more than my God? I think that’s me, I’d give a nod
He should forgive and make me whole, can cleanse my heart, restore my soul
Why would He let me fall away, and miss His coming, glorious day
If everyone is saved, it must be, that He would surely include me
My blessed sin, it keeps me here, believing that God still is near

O My child, you are deceived, see, you’re not saved ’cause you believe
The devils tremble and believe, and they are lost, be not deceived

God’s word is true, make it your guide, don’t trust the thoughts you have inside
You’re never good, although you try, to act like God, just choose to die
Jesus paid the price for you, to come to know the God who’s true
Your faith in Christ will make the switch, will lift your life up from the ditch
Trust in Him for all your days, and I will be your Friend always
Reject your sin to clearly see, you worship and and will live in Me,
To shape your life to My design, yes, this is what I have in mind
A useful tool that I can hold, through you the lives of others mold
All those I love I do chastise, thus I show their sin can’t hide
The sins that I have wiped away, won’t keep you from My glorious day
All those I call will persevere, and one day they’ll all gather here
Before My throne, in My own house, be loved as My eternal spouse

By Justin Ogden
http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com
justwords@videomemoriespro.com
Copyright September 2, 2017

The Launch

Oh Lord, today we launch our child, for years You’ve loaned this gift from You

The joy he’s brought into our hearts, a blessing to our lives, it’s true

We launch him now into the world, You set his course upon Your word

You shaped his life from long ago, the gospel message he has heard

Years he’s spent within our nest, soaking in his parent’s best

A strong example we have been, to help him to forsake his sin

And be the man he longs to be, serving You eternally

Now he mounts upon the wing, to seek God’s will in everything

My son, we’re proud of you today, we’ve seen you walking in God’s ways

And now he goes to do Your will, his heart is what we have in view

Your Spirit leads and guides him there, to the place where he’ll serve You

Prepare the woman that You have, that he will know makes him complete

And godly wisdom let him bring, where at the gate he’ll take his seat

The launching pad is empty now, but at Your throne we humbly bow

To thank You for this awesome treat, to launch Your child here at Your feet

To impact others with Your word, and shape them with the truth we’ve heard

So now, we launch ourselves anew, together fly, our course is true

Walk with God in paths of light, showing others what is right

Cleanse our lives and use us Lord, touching lives beyond our reach

Drawing them into the fold, all the ones You bring we’ll teach

Serving all those You elect, infuse them with Your joy divine

Bearing with our frailties, one day with God we will dine

Your truth will guide our hearts to You, it always will, Your word is truth

It seeks us out in our distress, and changes all our Nos to Yes

You’ve made us all Your merry band, leading us by Your strong hand

To follow in the path You’ve set, to follow the God we can’t see yet

Our future is at Your command, be in Your glory, at Your right hand

By Justin Ogden

http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright July 29, 2017

The Altar

The altar’s wide and open space, is filled with love and lots of grace

It’s open anytime to you, to seek God’s help to pull you through

For there is no judgment here, unload your doubt and all your fear

His voice, it bids us closer now, to be with Him, before Him bow

In His light we can see, our failings and who we should be

Cleansed by Him, we’ve come so far, He tells us who we really are

Warriors of the mighty King, to fight, we just begin to sing

Our praise will rise from me and you, restore our vision, clear our view

But victory is in His hand, our enemies will never stand

Before Him we surrender all, before Him all our kingdoms fall

Direct those seeking, where to fall, on their knees to give Him all

He’s so patient when we fuss, yet glorifies Himself through us

At the altar, here we learn, to seek Him daily, for Him yearn

To listen for His still, small voice, and in praise, we make some noise

Rely upon His mighty power, that moves in us this very hour

His will to do, His glory bring, He works His will in everything

By Justin Ogden

http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright July 23, 2017

I Surrender Me

On coming to the place of willing uncertainty with God

Come today and follow Me, relax your grip and you can see

The things that I could do with one, who fully trusts and loves My Son

Not based upon your skills at all, the part you play, it is quite small

The work is by My hand, divine, and all the glory, it is Mine

My work begins inside of you, I see that there is much to do

You’ll rely upon My word, you’ll find your path in what you’ve heard

Success won’t come from your skill set, obedience is your best bet

Lord, despite the fact that I’ve been stalling, Your voice is still sweetly calling

I now release my own control, of what I have and where I go

I give myself into Your hand, where ever You lead, over sea or land

To speak Your word and do Your will, where ever I go You’re with me still

Attending to the inward things, with grace that true contentment brings

To cultivate and shape my life, to prune my sin, as with a knife

Called to serve, and qualified, adventure: God! it’s quite the ride

By Justin Ogden

http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright July 21, 2017

I’ve Been Waiting

​When God is ready to use someone for His purposes

I’ve been waiting for this moment, a tool to use, here in My hand

To be willing for My will, following My one command

Willing, ready, for the moment, when the need arises there

Whenever there is opposition, be My tool then, if you dare

Change a heart and change a story, thus we will see good be done

Thus I would redeem a nation, if My people prayed as one

In all things to bring Me glory, for your good, I’m working now

Impossible, but I can do it, trust Me, for I know just how

It’s surprising what can happen, when I utter just a word

People think they have Me cornered, but I can fly just like a bird

Their little box cannot hold Me, the pot, it’s potter tries to mold

Watch me work and give Me glory, new mysteries I will unfold

By Justin Ogden

http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright July 15, 2017

The Look of Lust

​A critical look at lusts claim to provide satisfaction

God can see the secret place we’re hiding in behind the door

When lustful thoughts rule our heart, our consciences cry out no more

Abusing this, God’s joyful gift, our marriage vows they try to break

Relationships become an image, an idol of our self we make

On the edge of the abyss, the sirens sing their song of love

While God’s hand reaches down, and calls to us from up above

Satisfaction is so fleeting, when the source is just a myth

But there’s one you should be holding, where you’re known by who you’re with

The Father reads on every page, He knows our heart just like a book

Take discipline that He provides, He shapes our life with just a look

A look into the book of life, spend some time He’ll meet you there

Satisfaction you’ve been wanting, He has much that He will share

Contentment with His grace and healing, restores our heart just like before

Close this chapter, start a new one, hide behind that door no more

Relationships with one another, messy though they sometimes be

Shape our lives and give God glory, His handiwork we then will be

Our purpose is not found in pages, where we have to hide to look

But we have the words of life, that we can share from God’s own book

Be not ashamed to tell His story, draw the picture of God’s grace

Let them see God’s work within us, point them to His holy face.

By Justin Ogden

http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright July 15, 2017

The Daily Walk

A description of the Christian life

In the stillness, I can hear You, walking softly by my side 

Wanting me to know You more, with You now I will abide

As You whisper to my spirit, all my hopes are coming true

You’ve become my open door, to everything I never knew

Looking for my life direction, with You daily I will meet 

You align priorities, to meet the needs of those I greet

Serving God and fellow man, what greater causes could I seek 

Character is my first cost, correct my life now as You speak

Seeking for my own forgiveness, can’t forget the wrong I’ve done 

Trying to erase my sin, by sacrifice my cause You’ve won

Seek You only ever true, seek You always first each day 

Meet You daily in the silence, seek to know Your word and way 

God walks with me through the darkness, He’s the one true source of light 

To others blinded by their scales, through me He can give them their sight

Resting in the peace God gives me, comfort from my every fear 

The battle rages on without me, as His spirit draws me near

Worshiping His presence with us, Spirit moving freely too 

He’s calling us to follow faithful, do what we have seen Him do

Heal the hurting, mend the broken, reach out now to find the lost 

Feed the hungry, own the orphan, suffer gladly, count the cost

By Justin Ogden

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright March 25, 2017

Naomi’s Blessing

Ruth 1:9, 16-18; 4:17

Urge me not to leave you now, or keep from following you

For where you go, I will go, and I will lodge there too

Your people have become my own, your land has turned to mine

Your God has captured my own heart, I’ve told Him “I am thine”

I’ll be beside you all your days, until your final day

I’ll save a place beside you there, and that is where I’ll lay

Naomi’s blessing, fitly given, provides a home, as said

And for herself gets tears of joy, as she now holds Obed

By Justin Ogden

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright February 18, 2017