Hope of Glory

Awed by God’s beauty from my little sister’s deck in Auckland, New Zealand, August 2022

At that time they will call Jerusalem The Throne of the Lord, and all nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the name of the Lord. No longer will they follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts. Jeremiah 3:17 ESV

My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. Psalm 62:5 (NKJV)

Hope of Glory


In the thorns

Piercing

Again and again

And again


I remember

My shame

But You

You remember


Your Word

Your Promise

Steadfast and

Sure to us all


In the thorns

Piercing

Again and again

And again


You wake

Me up to shalom

A peace passing

All understanding


I am set free

At the Cross

In Your blood

Shed for all


Where You clothe us

In Your boldness

And courage

In leaves of healing


For the nations

A new heart

Of flesh in us

Waking


You wholeheartedly

Grow us up

Into the Head

To do Your works


You bind us together

Firm and secure

In our setting apart

In love everlasting


You remind us

You alone complete

The works

You begin


You create in us

A clean heart

And a right spirit

In Christ alone


You prepare for us

In the presence

Of our enemies

A table of grace


In this waiting

You gather us

Your Body

Together in yearning


Sending out Your

Living and active

Word of comfort

To each other


You bathe us in

Your compassions

That faileth not


To comfort each other

From the comfort

You have given us


We learn

To abide

To unfold

In the thorns


To the sound

Of Your waterfalls

Crashing upon

The Rock


By Your Word

Seeds of life

In good soil

You are sowing


In Your light

Of truth

And grace

Your Body's in labor


Contracting

And releasing

A fragrant

Offering


Your Perfume's

Wafting

Before a throne

Of grace


In pure intercession

From death

New life arising

For us to know You


You're unfolding

And releasing

The sound

Of singing


Your prisoners

Of hope

In fresh strength

We're rising as eagles


As You remind us

We are seated

In heavenly places

With You already


In the presence

Of our enemies

You speak

Peace be still


In each

And every

Thorn

You remind us


You are

The Rose of Sharon

Among the thorns

Awaking


More

Mercies

New every morning

Blooming


More

Compassions

That faileth not

Blooming


More

Faith

In our faithlessness

Blooming


More

Love

Casting out all fear

Blooming


More

Perseverance

And character

Blooming


For in each

And every thorn

We take eat

And drink of You:


Our warm bread

And cup of life

We join You

In Your suffering


To remember

You reign supreme

In each

And every thorn


Our steadfast

Hope

In all affliction:

Jesus!


Our expectation

Is from You, oh LORD

Wait in silence, soul

For your God alone!


For from Him alone

The Son of Man

Springs your

Hope eternal.




Romans 5 Good News Translation

1 Now that we have been put right with God through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 He has brought us by faith into this experience of God’s grace, in which we now live. And so we boast of the hope we have of sharing God’s glory! 3 We also boast of our troubles, because we know that trouble produces endurance, 4 endurance brings God’s approval, and his approval creates hope. 5 This hope does not disappoint us, for God has poured out his love into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to us.

6 For when we were still helpless, Christ died for the wicked at the time that God chose. 7 It is a difficult thing for someone to die for a righteous person. It may even be that someone might dare to die for a good person. 8 But God has shown us how much he loves us—it was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us! 9 By his blood we are now put right with God; how much more, then, will we be saved by him from God’s anger! 10 We were God’s enemies, but he made us his friends through the death of his Son. Now that we are God’s friends, how much more will we be saved by Christ’s life! 11 But that is not all; we rejoice because of what God has done through our Lord Jesus Christ, who has now made us God’s friends.

Adam and Christ

12 Sin came into the world through one man, and his sin brought death with it. As a result, death has spread to the whole human race because everyone has sinned. 13 There was sin in the world before the Law was given; but where there is no law, no account is kept of sins. 14 But from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, death ruled over all human beings, even over those who did not sin in the same way that Adam did when he disobeyed God’s command.

Adam was a figure of the one who was to come. 15 But the two are not the same, because God’s free gift is not like Adam’s sin. It is true that many people died because of the sin of that one man. But God’s grace is much greater, and so is his free gift to so many people through the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ. 16 And there is a difference between God’s gift and the sin of one man. After the one sin, came the judgment of “Guilty”; but after so many sins, comes the undeserved gift of “Not guilty!” 17 It is true that through the sin of one man death began to rule because of that one man. But how much greater is the result of what was done by the one man, Jesus Christ! All who receive God’s abundant grace and are freely put right with him will rule in life through Christ.

18 So then, as the one sin condemned all people, in the same way the one righteous act sets all people free and gives them life. 19 And just as all people were made sinners as the result of the disobedience of one man, in the same way they will all be put right with God as the result of the obedience of the one man.

20 Law was introduced in order to increase wrongdoing; but where sin increased, God’s grace increased much more. 21 So then, just as sin ruled by means of death, so also God’s grace rules by means of righteousness, leading us to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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