“Imagine,” poem by Day Williams

IMAGINE

Imagine you’re in heaven
It’s easy if you try
With hell below us
Above us only Christ
Imagine many people living for the Way

Imagine there’s more borders
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
When the saints come marching through
Imagine all the people living life in peace

You know that Christ is the Redeemer
And He’s the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And we will see the living Son

Imagine joyful worship
A world with peace and love
No sin, no greed, no hunger
A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people sharing all the Word
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the Body will be as one

~Day Williams

Light of Day: Poems from Isaiah

Isaiah

(Isaiah 1:16-17,

1 John 1:7)

Stop Doing Wrong

Stop doing wrong,

Learn to do right,

Seek justice and

Walk in the light.

(Isaiah 7:9)

Stand Firm or Fall

You must stand firm,

Stand firm or fall;

If not, you will

Not stand at all.

 

(Isaiah 9:2)

In Shadow Land

On those who live

In shadow land

A light has dawned

And shown God’s hand.

(Isaiah 14:11)

Your Pomp

Your pomp has gone

Down to the grave;

The maggots and

The worms won’t save.

(Isaiah 14:12-13)

O Morning Star

O morning star,

You’ve been cast down;

You rose so high,

O son of dawn.

 

(Isaiah 14:16)

They Ponder Your Fate

Those who see you

Ponder your fate:
“Is this the man

Who made earth shake?”

(Isaiah 21:6)

Go, Set a Watchman

God said, “Go, set

A watchman, let

Him say if he

Has seen a threat.”

(Isaiah 21:10)

Crushed People

My people, crushed

On threshing floors,

I say what I’ve

Heard from the Lord.

(Isaiah 32:8)

The Noble Man

The noble man

Makes noble plans;

By noble deeds

Will that man stand.

(Isaiah 33:7-9)

Brave Men Cry Aloud

Their brave men cry

Aloud in streets;

The country mourns;

Peace envoys weep.

(Isaiah 35:7)

The Burning Sand

The burning sand

Becomes a pool

As men obey

The Golden Rule.

“The grass withers and the flowers fade,

but the word of our God stands forever.”

~Isaiah 40:8 (NLT)

Forever Will It Stand

Governments come,

Governments go;

The Word of God

Withstands each blow.

(Isaiah 40:31)

Wait on the Lord

Wait on the Lord

And find new strength;

You’ll fly and run

The entire length.

(Isaiah 41:10)

Don’t Be Afraid

Don’t be afraid:

I am with you;

I’ll come to aid;

I’ll see you through.

(Isaiah 41:21-23)

When I am Tired

When I am tired,

Tired to the bone,

My soul finds rest

In God alone.

(Isaiah 41:22)

Bring Idols In

Bring idols in;

Let them be bold

And tell us what

The future holds.

(Isaiah 41:22)

If Idols

If idols are

Not deaf and dumb,

Declare to us

The things to come.

 

(Isaiah 42:2, 10)

He Will Not Shout

He will not shout

Or call or raise

His voice in streets—

He’ll teach God’s ways.

(Isaiah 43:18)

Former Things

The former things

Won’t be recalled:

They will not come

To mind at all.

(Isaiah 43:18-19,

Luke 9:62, John 15:4-7,

1 Cor. 2:2)

Take Time to Know

Take time to know

Christ crucified:

Let baggage go;

In Him abide.

 

(Isaiah 46:3-4)

I Will Save

I’ve borne you, for

You I have made;

I’ll carry you

And I will save.

(Isaiah 51:1)

Look to the Rock

Look to the rock

You were hewn from,

To pit holes from

Which you were dug.

(Isaiah 52:7,

Romans 10:15)          

How Beautiful

How lovely, those

Who bring good words–

How beautiful

When God is heard.

(Isaiah 52:11)

Depart, Depart

Depart, depart

Go out from there

Come out, be pure:

The Lord God cares.

 

 

(Isaiah 53:3)

The Son of Man

He never made

The prime-time news

Or write-ups in

World Who’s Whos.

(Isaiah 53:5, Hebrews 4:14)

Punishment

The punishment

That brought us peace

Was put on Him,

Our great high priest.

(Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24)

Healed by Stripes

You need not leave,

Your heart so black;

We’re healed by stripes

On Jesus’ back.

(Isaiah 53:6)

Gone Astray

We all like sheep

Have gone astray;

Each one has turned

To his own way.

(Isaiah 57:2)

The Wicked

The wicked are

Like tossing seas

Which cannot rest

And catch debris.

(Isaiah 57:20, Ps. 5:12,

112:2, Prov. 10:6, 7)

Wicked Men

The wicked men

Will have no rest

While righteous men

Are ever blessed.

 

(Isaiah 58:11, Psalm 77:10-12)

He’ll Meet Your Needs

In sun-scorched land

He’ll meet your needs;

I will recall

His awesome deeds.

(Isaiah 61:5)

Strangers Shall Stand

Strangers shall stand

And feed your flocks,

For you’ve relied

On God the Rock.

(Isaiah 64:6)

Your Righteousness

Your righteousness,

Like filthy clothes,

Will not save your

Eternal soul.

(Isaiah 64:6,  

Eph. 2:8-9)

Saved by Grace

Your righteous deeds

Are filthy rags;

You’re saved by grace:

You cannot brag.

(Isaiah 65:17)

In Freedom

In freedom we

Will see Christ reign:

No tragedies,

No tears, no pain.

FIRST CHRONICLES CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX

FIRST CHRONICLES CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX

1 The temple guards were also split in groups

By clans. Meshelemiah, son of Kore,

Came from the Korah clan and was descended

From Asaph; 2 he had seven sons, who were

Born in this order: Zechariah, Jediael,

Zebadiah, Jathniel, 3 Elam and

Jehohanan, and Eliehoenai.

               4-5 And Obed-Edom had been blessed with eight

Sons named Shemaiah, Jehozabad,

Joah, Sachar, Nethanel, Ammiel,

Issachar, and Peullethai.  6-7 Now

Shemaiah had children, six of them:

Othni, Rephael, Obed, Elzabad,

Elihu, and, last, Semachiah. They

Were all respected leaders in their clan.

8 Obed-Edom had sixty-two descendants

Who had the strength to act as temple guards.

 9 Eighteen descendants of Meshelemiah

Were chosen for this work. 10-11 Now Hosah, from

Merari’s clan, did father Shimri and

Hilkiah, Tebaliah, Zechariah.

Now Hosah had made Shimri family head,

               Though he was not the oldest son. From Hosah’s

Family thirteen men were chosen to

Be temple guards. 12 The guards were split in groups,            

According to their family heads, and were

Assigned their duties at the temple, like

The other Levites, 13 and each group, no matter

How large or small, was told to guard a gate,

And they allowed the Lord to show them what

He wanted done, 14 and Shelemiah was

Chosen to guard the East Gate. Zechariah

His son was a wise man and was selected

To guard the North Gate. 15 Obed-Edom was

Chosen to guard the South Gate, and his sons

Were chosen to guard storerooms. 16 Shuppim and

Hosah were chosen to guard West Gate and

Shallecheth Gate along the upper road.

Guards were assigned the following work schedule:

17 Every day six guards were on duty on

The east side of the temple, four were on

Duty on the north side, and four were on

Duty on the south side. Two guards were stationed

At each of the two storerooms, 18 four were stationed

Along the road that led to the west courtyard,

And two guards stayed inside the court itself.

19 These duties were assigned to guards, the men

From clans of Korah and Merari. 20 Levites

Who were the relatives of Korahites

And Merarites controlled security

To guard the temple treasury and gifts

That had been dedicated unto God.

21 Ladan was from the Gershon clan and was

The father of Jehieli, and many

Other descendants of his were the chiefs

Of the clan families. 22 Jehieli

Had two sons, Zetham first and Joel second,

Responsible to guard the treasury.

23 And other treasury guards were from the clans

Of Kohathites of Amram, Izhar, Hebron,

And Uzziel. 24 Shebuel was descended

From Gershom, Moses’ son, and he was chief

Official for the temple treasury.

25 And Gershom’s brother Eliezer had

Descendants who included Rehabiah,

Jeshaiah and Joram, Zichri, and

Shelomoth. 26 Shelomoth and his

Relatives oversaw the gifts that were

Dedicated to God; this gifts included

The gifts King David dedicated, as

Well as those dedicated by the heads

Of families, the army officers,

And the commanders in the army. 27 And

Whenever soldiers captured things of value

In battle, these same men brought some of them

Into the temple. 28 Shelomoth and his

relatives were responsible for gifts

Given the temple, which included those

From Prophet Samuel, King Saul son of Kish,

Abner the son of Ner, and Joab son

Of Zeruiah. 29 Chenaniah from

The Izhar clan and his sons were officials

And judges for the government, and they

Did not work at the temple. 30 Hashabiah

Out of the clan of Hebron and one thousand

               Seven hundred of his skilled relatives       

               Were the officials who directed all

The royal and religious business in

The territories of the Israelites

West of the Jordan River. 31-32 Jerijah was

The leader of the Hebron clan, and David

Assigned him and two thousand seven hundred

Of his own relatives, who were respected

Family leaders, to be the officials

In charge of all the royal and religious

Business in tribes of Reuben, Gad, and East

Manasseh; David learned about these men

When he had ruled for forty years, when he

Had listed families in Hebron’s clan,

Who were all from the town of Jazer in

Gilead’s own domain and its terrain.