Listening, waiting…

Artist: Rick Stassi

Artist: Rick Stassi

Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.
Philemon 1:7

What do I hear, O Lord?
The voices of many and the ways they afford.
But it brings me strength and movement toward
Growing in Your family in one accord

What do others do, O God?
With a staff and a rod
Within Your kingdom
To those I laud.

What do others see, Father of all?
Obediently forward in their call.
With their eyes ever seeking truth and love.
Joining together, the enemy’s appall

What do others say, Father of Life?
Promoting joy amongst your children rife.
With their hearts in deepening love,
This their weapon – double-edged knife

So, I beg, give me Your word, Father of mine
That direction is heard toward the will of Thine!
That I would be blessed to share your work
As with my loving brethren, You give me that sign.

rick

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Words in Season

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4 “The Lord God has given Me
The tongue of the learned,
That I should know how to speak
A word in season to him who is weary.
He awakens Me morning by morning,
He awakens My ear
To hear as the learned.

5 The Lord God has opened My ear;
And I was not rebellious,
Nor did I turn away.

Isaiah 50:4,5 (NKJV)

O Father Your wisdom is imparted and disseminated through Your children.
We speak words uttered deep from our fortified souls.
And as we awaken in the morning,
Our ears too are awakened, alert, wanting,
To then awaken our desirous tongues for an utterance for this season.

The word is known by the Lord and in His instruction
Light shines and discovers the lost, but the word of our God awakens
All slumbering eyes affected, afflicted, by this season

Tears carve byways through cheeks of despair. Paths hewn through faces looking inward
seeing nothing and relying on something unforeseen in this season

Words of love, of wisdom and peace. Place hearts of darkness into
Light, this season.

We are obedient.
Leaning, inclining to each syllable God may say
Each will grow an oak from an acorn and all
will glorify our Lord in this season.

…and in this time of obedience, light exposes shadows, crevices of darkness die.
But words echo in all places praising God! It is time to call His name
in this season!

We are awakened and
we hear and speak truth forthwith.
and we shall not choose a word or phrase or verse,
For God will take us there in this season.

For His word is appointed for His reason,
And the Lord Almighty will give this word
for us and it shall prosper,
this season.
Amen

Determined

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Artist: Phoebe Stassi

“And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts”
Psalm 119:45 (KJV)

I hasten to Thee with determined pace
You are righteousness and just.
Wandering among the words You speak
I draw toward my center sanctified trust.

Lingering among words so clean,
Cutting to the core.
Freeing from my arduous past,
Your face clearer than before.

Here I shall walk in liberty,
And I shall seeketh You.
I incline my ear to Your words
Each syllable brand new.

Utterance for all mankind,
Thus penetrates my soul.
From Your mouth, rules for life,
How simple is my role?

Really though, how I labor toward thee
A lot cast by resistant heart.
Soon, with said determined pace,
I stand upright where Thou art.

© 2013 Rick Stassi

All I Shall Do

1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Psalm 1:1,2 (KJV)

Where then shall I walk?
I walk in the light of God on paths formed from prayer seeking.
I walk on paths I am nudged down through trained leaders appointed by God to teach the word He breathed.
I walk on paths the Spirit has helped me discern godly made to edify my relationship with God.
It is there I shall walk.

Where then shall I stand in times when I do not walk?
I stand on a mountain top and seek the Lord with my eyes.
I stand in valleys where the sin of the world blows above in the gales of the wind.
I stand next to Jesus Who is always with me.
It is there I shall stand when I do not walk.

So, then where do I sit when I grow weary?
I sit in a seat of joy that sees God projected from my soul upon all creation.
I sit without contempt seeing all of God good.
I sit smiling in respite that God has brought me home.
Therefore, it is there where I sit when I grow weary.

Where, then, lies my delight?
My delight is in liberty drawn from perfect Law.
My delight is in a Covenant to Love
My delight is in the guardian eyes of a Savior.
It is thus where my delight lies.

And of this Law, how shall I bind this heart of mine?
I shall read His word each day, each night.
I shall let His words seek deep regions of my soul.
I shall let His Law be my beacon for all eternity.
Yes, this is how I shall bind my heart to His Law.

Be watchful o’er paths afoot
For God’s guidance carefully put.
In hearts accepting counsel high
casting away scornful sigh.
A law perfect in liberty free,
In Jesus I meditate on thee.
With love so deep O Gracious One,
You abound o’er moon and sun.

Thank you Lord, all I shall do.

Amen

© Rick Stassi 2013

there is restoration in His word

 1 Now all the people gathered together as one man in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate; and they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded Israel. 2 So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly of men and women and all who could hear with understanding on the first day of the seventh month. 3 Then he read from it in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law. Neh 7 (NKJV)

  • There is restoration and guidance when we pray to God.
  • God keeps His promises.
  • Godly wisdom comes to those who will listen to God’s word and understand it.

Through prayer and fasting, a grieving Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem for the purpose of rebuilding a destroyed city. It was destroyed by the Babylonian Empire which, in turn, was now under the rule of the Persians.

God promised to Moses that the faithful would gather back in His chosen place even from the farthest reached of the world. (Neh 1:9).  The unfaithful were scattered, and the promise of the faithful’s return was promised from the Lord.

This promise was a cornerstone in Nehemiah’s prayer. He was given leave from the Persian king to return and rebuild Jerusalem.

When the faithful were gathered in Jerusalem, Ezra, a scribe, stood in the city and read the words of God. The faithful were blessed and they all praised God.

These three points are relevant in our life.

  • Rely on prayer and supplication  to God when you feel good and when you are in torment.
  • Remember, God has already made promises that we can rely on. He will always keep His promises.
  • Read His word and understand it. Try to see, through prayer and thorough reading, what each verse means. You will be blessed by God’s word.

Then praise Him. To Him we give all glory.

Peace and His love,

Rick

10/2011