Our Tears Cry Out

(from Malachi)

We stand on ancient promises
We walk in ancient faith
Though we’re surrounded by voices of arrogance
Your fire lights our way

We live within this mystery
You’re our salvation song
So we return to you in obedience
To dwell within our God

[chorus] Our tears cry out and break the heavens
Holy God, let your spirit flow down
Drench our hearts in the rain of repentance
Holy God, heal our nation now

The storms rage outside
But in your presence is perfect peace
So even as our hearts cry out
We rest in you; we rest in you

So we stand in confidence
We stand in childlike faith
We simply rest within your presence
And trust you’ll guide our way

copyright 2020 Donald Paul Harris

Habakkuk

How long, O Lord, shall I cry
til you come and rescue me?
I see violence on every side
In this Valley of Iniquity

Where the law is paralyzed
And justice cannot be found
For the wicked surround the righteous
Who hold fast on holy ground

[chorus] I want to know what’s on the other side
I want more of you in my life
Leave the things of this world behind
And give me more, more, more – of you

I will watch through the dark of night
To hear the prayers of the righteous rise
I will take my stand at my post
To watch and wait for the Lord of Hosts

He speaks stars into being with a word
He calms the heart of a fearful child
I know He hears me when I cry
Though I sit alone in the night

Copyright 2020 Donald Paul Harris

Everything Is Upside Down

Everything is upside down
The king isn’t wearing a crown
A donkey stands near where he lays
In a rough wooden trough filled with hay

His mother looks down into his eyes
And through a gentle tear breaks a smile
Though the future of his reign is secure
Her tears are shed for the pain he will endure

Holy, holy, infant child
Born this day in manger mild
Holy, holy, angels came
Peace on Earth would they proclaim

Copyright 12/27/2020 Donald Paul Harris

Yisra El

There was a time I’d hide away
Behind the walls inside a foreign land
And there I lay addicted to my pain
And I could see no way of getting out

Then in the dark you came to me
And a whisper in my ear said, “you are loved”
So I looked around to see
To my surprise my cell was never shut

And I, I am Yisra El
I wrestle every day that I have breath
To lift your name on high
And I, I am Yisra El
I struggle with every way I run from death
And to your name of life

Your Holy Name of Life

I wake to face the day
Knowing well my life is in your hands
I face the fear of the day
Knowing well the world is in your hands

copyright 2019 Donald Paul Harris tgbtg

I Throat-Punched The Devil

Long before the world began, I was in God’s eye
His Word was spoken over me: His truth for my life
But the enemy came sneaking in
With sweet-sounding lies of sin
That led me down a path that went
Away from God’s Design

So I throat-punched the devil
With the power of prayer
And I stopped that fool from whispering
His lies in my ear
I kicked him out the window
Of my mind and locked the door
And I never have to listen to
His lies anymore

I was like a leper; I was numb to my own pain
Causing unknown injuries time and again
But when I saw the Lord
A cry arose from in my soul
And though I called myself unclean
My God declared me whole

copyright 2019 Donald Paul Harris

Strike Up The Wind

Strike up the wind
And let it blow
Fill these empty sails
And watch them flow
Push this ship along
Through the stormy seas
Take me to my home
Where my heart is free

I have traveled the world
And lived in foreign lands
I was captured and chained
By the slavers’ hands
In the darkness of the hold
I cried to be set free
And the God who made the seas
Heard and ransomed me
Now I’m free
Yes, I am free indeed

Strike up the wind
And let it blow
The breath of God will steer you
Where he wants you to go
The fire on the horizon’s
An eternal flame
To guide you to the land
That carries God’s own name

copyright 2019 Donald Paul Harris

The Kingdom Is Now

Cut the cord; release the tethers
Break the chains; loose the anchors
Slaves are free; Sins forgiven
Life is new; The dead are risen now

The past is gone so don’t relive it
The night is done; a new day given
So cut the ties; replace the triggers
It’s God’s design so live in freedom now

The Kingdom is now; the Kingdom is within us
The Kingdom is now; the King is with us
The Kingdom is now; the Kingdom is within us
The Kingdom is now; the King is with us
Let old things pass away
And come with empty hands

The key turned; the lock is broken
It’s time to learn the cage is open
With eyes to see and ears to hear now
You are free so live in freedom now

The game is changed; the prize is won
Fear and shame are overcome
Holiness is the standard
Godliness – Christ has shown us how

It’s a different way of living than the way you know
It’s a different kind of loving than the love you’ve known

copyright 2018 Donald Paul Harris
October 6, 2018

Your Victory is Sure

When the shofar sounds
And the clouds reveal the sun
You’ll have no doubt your victory is won
When the battle cry is sounded
And the enemy is confounded
You’ll find the strength to fight til the day is done

So shout, for the victory is yours
Run like a lion on a hunt for prey
Sing with the angels, fill the skies with constant praise
Dance for your victory is sure
Dance for your victory is sure

When the giants stand
And mouth their blasphemies
You know the time has come to end their reign
So you sound the battle cry
And shout your praises to the sky
Because the God of Angel Armies rules the day

So shout, for the victory is yours
Run like a lion on a hunt for prey
Sing with the angels, fill the skies with constant praise
Dance for your victory is sure
Dance for your victory is sure

copyright 2018 Donald Paul Harris

Work It

From Ecclesiastes 3

What does the worker gain from all his labor
If all he works for is the bread on his table?
Eternity is set in the heart of man
And each day happens just the way God planned

There is nothing better than for men to be happy
And to do good all the days they may live
For every man to find purpose in his labor
This is God’s precious gift

I know everything God does will endure
We add nothing nor take anything away
Yet we continue in our labor til we die
Then who can say where our spirit resides?

Work unto the Lord
Whatever work you do
This is the how the joy of work
Comes to live in you

copyright 2006 Donald Paul Harris

Holy Fire

Music by Cindy Wilkinson

Holy Fire burn my sin away
Light my heart where shadows still remain
Light the way into your holy place
Holy Fire make me whole

Holy Fire sanctify my praise
Cast away all my rebelliousness
Guide my feet down paths of righteousness
Holy Fire make me whole

Consume me with your holy fire
Redeem and set free my desires
Teach me to live a holy life
And find joy in sacrifice
Holy Fire make me holy
Holy Fire make me whole

Holy Fire sing over me
Make my song a worthy offering
Cast every spark of strange fire out of me
Holy fire make me holy
Holy fire make me holy
Holy fire make me holy
Holy fire make me whole

September 16, 2018
copyright 2018 Donald Paul Harris