Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I Am Levi (Revisted)


I am Levi,
I have taken advantage of my downtrodden brethren. 

I am Mary,
I anointed Your feet and wiped them with my hair.

I am the rich man,
Finding it so hard to forsake my comfort and wealth
 
and the poor,
Encouraged that You take note of me.
 
I am he who cries out in the dark valley,
I am the single lost sheep You search for
 
and she who they wish to stone,
Trapped in the fornication this world worships.
 
I will deny
In my fear of criticism.

and I will betray,
Since in my mind my plan is foremost to God's 

I will stumble and rise again,
Because of Your unconditional love.




copyright 2016 - Donald P James Jr

 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Green Pastures (Psalm 23)

He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil, for You are with me; 
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. 
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, 
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. 
 
Psalm 23 


I see the green pastures
and the quiet waters.
I have come through the dark valley
and fought temptation.
The rod and staff of faith
are my strength.
I now will dwell
in  a land of peace,
in the presence of God.

He has prepared a meal
for me,
an abundant table,
bread and wine.
My enemies
understand their wrongs,
for my Lord has blessed me,
taken me in
from the cold valley of shadows.

Surely His goodness
and love
embraces me.
He anoints my soul.
I will sing praise
with each new morning
as I walk
through the green pastures
of His love.



copyright 2017 - Donald P James Jr


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Lord Said to My Lord (Psalm 110)

The Lord said unto my Lord, 
“Sit Thou at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool.

Psalm 110


Thus says the Father,
to the Son
who witnessed creation,
to be born
of the great king's lineage,
Sit here
at my right hand.

The human messiah,
one of flesh and bone,
expected to be man
and not God.
The divine one
asking the blind
to open their eyes and see.

Whose Son is He?
An incomplete answer
lingers on the lips of some.
Is He a prophet?
Is He a great teacher?
Or is He the messiah,
the Christ,
the Son of God?

The Lord said to my Lord.
The Spirit moves a great king,
who realizes
he is the servant
of his promised
offspring.



copyright 2017 - Donald P James Jr

I Will Praise the Lord

I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; 
I will shew forth all thy marvelous works.
I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.

Psalm 9:1-2


We rise after the storm,
some with fewer scars
than others.
The dark clouds
give way to sun
and eventually the flower blooms.

Armies have marched against us.
We have been betrayed.
The heathen
have slandered our faith
and false judges
have condemned believers.

Still,
as the sun crests in the eastern sky,
there is victory.
The rays of light bathe our flesh
and dry the earth.
The enemy has fallen
and the unbelievers are without hope.

And I will praise the Lord,
with all my heart.
I will tell of the wonderful things
He has done.
I will sing with joy because of Him.
I will sing praise
to the almighty God.



copyright 2017 - Donald P James Jr


Friday, September 8, 2017

Murmuring and Grumbling

These are murmurers and complainers, 
walking after their lusts 
(and their mouth speaks proud things), 
showing respect of persons to gain advantage.

Jude 1:16 


Grumbling voices,
murmuring against God
and those spoken to
by the Lord.
Never content
with their share
of the Father's promise.

Complainers,
who are never pleased
with the path 
they are directed to walk.
Weeds among wheat,
wandering eternally
in the wilderness.

Seeking their own lusts,
justifying the outcome
of foolish
desires.
Opening their mouths
to spew forth swelling words
in praise of themselves.

They claim to stand for God
when in truth
they stand against
every commandment
of the flesh,
carved in stone,
and bow to their own glory.



copyright 2017 - Donald P James Jr