Rise Up, Lord (Psalm 12)

Psalm 12

Plea for Help in Evil Times

To the leader: according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David.

Help, O Lord, for there is no longer anyone who is godly;
    the faithful have disappeared from humankind.
They utter lies to each other;
    with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

May the Lord cut off all flattering lips,
    the tongue that makes great boasts,
those who say, “With our tongues we will prevail;
    our lips are our own—who is our master?”

“Because the poor are despoiled, because the needy groan,
    I will now rise up,” says the Lord;
    “I will place them in the safety for which they long.”
The promises of the Lord are promises that are pure,
    silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
    purified seven times.

You, O Lord, will protect us;
    you will guard us from this generation forever.
On every side the wicked prowl,
    as vileness is exalted among humankind. (Psalm 12:1-8, New Revised Standard Version)

Rise Up
A Poem Based on Psalm 12

Rise up Lord, show through the fog of the world a picture of love.
Rise up Lord, the love you give is not for your worthy children
Rise up Lord, if we must be worthy, shall we see the Holy?Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, rise up.

My God, My God, Rise up, give my heart your joy.
My God, My God, Rise up, let me know your peace.
Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, rise up.

Rise up Lord, those who boast in their own greatness, turn them away
Rise up Lord, quiet those who love so much the sounds of their voice
Rise up, Lord, people who praise with mouth and empty heart, teach them
Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, rise up.

My God, My God, rise up, my faith is fragile.
My God, My God, rise up, your children need hope.
Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, rise up.

Rise up Lord, the poor have nothing and turn to you for their hope.
Rise up Lord, those in need are trampled under those having much.
Rise up Lord, open your arms of strength to protect your children.
Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, rise up.

My God, My God, rise up, this servant needs strength.
My God, My God, rise up, show me love’s power.
Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, rise up.

Rise up Lord, I need your comfort as I alone worship you.
Rise up Lord, give me your grace, without you Lord, I cannot stand.
Rise up Lord, I need peace, when life falls apart, to you I turn.
Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, rise up.

My God, My God, Rise up and show me your ways,
My God, My God, rise up and I will serve you.
Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, rise up.

Rise up, Lord, refine those who praise you with hearts filled with your love.
Rise up, Lord, as the refiner purifies silver, cleanse me,
Rise up, Lord, only you who loves me can change my heart and soul.
Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, rise up.

My God, My God, rise up, I need my God’s grace.
My God, My God, rise up, teach me to live love.
Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, Lord Almighty, rise up.

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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