PRISONER’S GRATITUDE by Servant Lawyer (alias) © 2013
His sovereign grace permitting
A gift of life to save
and free the fetters unremitting
This dead and contemptible knave.
Such freedom not earned by merit my own
And thus no grounds to boast.
Created in Christ by Him foreknown
For praise to Him my utmost.
Man is blessed
Who, when troubles pressed,
Delights in the law
Of the Lord with awe
on which he does contemplate.
By River stand
in solid land
like a tree
and with Him be
the righteous who congregate.
ZEAL by Servant Lawyer (alias) © 2013
In a self-directed race
The pious are heavy and dull
Virtually (not virtuously) chasing His grace
But their hearts are not full.
Has Lord has lost His glory?
Has He forsaken His promises to them?
Or have they lost all faith in His story
… and abandoned all hope in Him?
Do you suffer spiritual lethargy?
Beware the Lord of the vineyard will
Lay axe to your tree
Which bears no fruit and kill.
Come Lord Jesus come quickly
And take myself unto thee!
Let your Holy Spirit
Dwell inside of me!
JOURNEY OF THE PHRYGIAN SLAVE
With plunder in hand I journeyed to Rome
Escaped from my master Philemon’s home.
A thousand plus miles from Colossae
I found that I was not truly free.
The wages of sin was my condition
Traveling the worn path to perdition.
Jailed because I stole from my master
My life should have ended in disaster
But God freed me from captivity.
And wrote my redemption story.
In prison is where I met old man Paul
Who spoke of the One who was his all.
He shared that Christ hung on a tree
To shed His blood and die for me.
For freedom comes from none but Jesus
To benefit a slave named Onesimus.
Sent home with a message of forgiveness,
I returned with one named Tychicus,
With letter in hand inspired by the Master
Written by Paul unto my master.
“Brother,” Paul wrote, “to you this slave belonged.
And against you he has clearly wronged.
Do not demand rigorous rehabilitation
But extend forgiveness and reconciliation.”
“Consider this God’s plan for our beloved brother
That you will enjoy a new relationship with one another;
No longer a master and a slave
But brothers united by the One who forgave.”
I sing now with joy of how it came to be
Of the freedom I found only in He
Paul led me to Christ and to repent
And save me from eternal torment.
Written by The Servant Lawyer (alias) © 2013