2019 – Inspirational Poems
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Although God created us and everything imaginable in this great universe, He desired genuine companionship. But He couldn’t cohabit with sinners and He didn’t want to be surrounded by a bunch of mindless puppets. So He loved us as we are, took a nail for us, and paid for our wrong doings so we could be washed clean and ready to dwell in His holy presence. What an amazing God we serve!
A soldier took a mighty axe to fell a mighty tree
It only took a little sin to make a fool of me
He dug a big hole in the ground to put the Lord’s cross in
They didn’t need to dig that deep to find in me my sin
It took a mighty arm to swing the hammer at the nail
A weak and wicked heart was all it took for me to fail
In life I find it hard to tear away from all that ails
And yet in death my Savior rent in twain the temple veil
Is your house in order friend? Or is there more to do?
Are you ready if today he’d split
that Eastern sky in two?
Galatians 3:13-14 (The Message)
Christ redeemed us from that self-defeating, cursed life by absorbing it completely into himself. Do you remember the Scripture that says, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”? That is what happened when Jesus was nailed to the cross: He became a curse, and at the same time dissolved the curse. And now, because of that, the air is cleared and we can see that Abraham’s blessing is present and available for non-Jews, too. We are all able to receive God’s life, his Spirit, in and with us by believing—just the way Abraham received it.
Jesus took a nail, or two, from sin to set you free
One per hand, one through his feet, to me that totals three
He took a spear and three old nails to pay the price for sin
But if it was just one I know, for me, still t’would have been
Are you aware your life could end in just a day or two?
On that day will you be certain where you’re going to?
Why not drive a stake today, and know for sure you’re saved?
Remember that He paid the price; for you He took a nail
© rdouglasVeer 3/22/1998
Eternal salvation is not based on how we feel. Feelings change. We can feel “good” one day and “bad” the next. God never changes; therefore, regardless of how we feel, we can know–with complete assurance–that we are saved, if we have received Christ into our heart.
John 14:6; (NLT)
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
Acts 4:12; (ESV)
And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
I went to visit John the other day
and he said he didn’t feel good.
“I’m awfully tired,” is all he said;
he just didn’t “feel” like he should.
He said to me,”It’s the flu you know,
and I could really die!”
I said, “John, will you let me have a look?”
And I looked into his eyes.
“John, why do you think that you’re so sick;
that death could be your end?”
He said, “Well, I just ‘feel’ that way
all over, from end to end.”
“I went to see John the other day
and John didn’t look so good.
He was there in the casket, hands on his chest,
dead as a piece of wood.
It wasn’t the flu that took his life.
He just had a simple cold.
Then nine months later, laying in his bed
John died from being old.
So, back when John “felt” he had the flu,
a doctor he wouldn’t go see.
He also “felt” that he’d go to heaven,
but that, not positively.
I asked him why he “felt” he’d go
to heaven when he died.
He said, “Well, I ‘feel’ I’m not too bad;
I’m really a pretty nice guy!”
“John, remember when you said you had the flu?
You ‘felt’ that you were ill.”
He said, “Yeah, I was better the very next day
and I didn’t even take a pill.”
“You see, John, you didn’t really have the flu.
You just had ‘feelings’, right?
Well, having ‘feelings’ won’t extinguish you;
‘feelings’ won’t take your life.”
“Let me tell you something else today,
dear John, that you should know:
just ‘feeling’ you’ll make it to heaven
doesn’t mean you’ll get to go!
There’s a lot more than unsure ‘feelings’
to really being saved.
You can ‘feel’ that you know Jesus
and to sin still be a slave!”
“Would you like to really be sure, John
and know that heaven is yours,
and know that you’ll cross the Jordan
and be on that safer shore?
John, will you let Jesus save you today;
make your heart white and pure?
Then you won’t ‘feel’ like going to heaven.
Instead you’ll be really sure.”
As I envisioned John’s old empty body
laying cold there in a box,
I thought,“You know you’re gonna lose him, Satan.
You treacherous lying fox.
You’ve told him many, many times:
‘Don’t bother with religious “stuff”.
As long as you can “feel” good about life,
then, John, that’s good enough.’”
Well, John accepted Jesus that day
and asked Him into his heart.
John said he wanted to “know” for sure;
all “feelings” set apart.
Yes, John made sure the other day.
He nailed it good and tight.
He accepted forgiveness from Jesus
and John got saved alright!
So I join with John in saying this
while I’m on this earthly tour:
I really don’t “feel” like going to heaven.
I’ve made absolutely sure!
© rdouglasVeer 9/6/2005
Some things in this life can be so attractive. Before we know it, we can be drawn in to something we never intended to partake of. We find ourselves being swept away, sometimes like a lamb to the slaughter. At the same time, God has words of wisdom for us, if only we would turn toward Him, listen, trust, and obey. What about you? Are you still chasing moonbeams?
Let’s run with the crowd; let’s have some have fun.
Life is short they say; we only live once.
Let’s go for the gusto; let’s reach above the clouds.
I hear so many sayings for cryin’ out loud!
The world could be my oyster and my hat-rack a star
if I’d take a ride in this luxury car
and drink from “this” fountain on my overseas trip.
All my friends would envy me; I’d really be “hip”.
If I’d wear this perfume when I went on a date,
romance would be “in the cards”, spelling out my fate.
The hair-do makes the woman, the clothes make the man,
but nothing could be finer than a California tan.
1 John 2:15, 17; (NLT)
Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you . . . And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.
Matthew 6: 33; (NKJV)
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
The world has so many clever messages for me
about finding happiness and about being free.
I do try to model the things I ought to follow,
but it’s like trying to catch a moonbeam in a bottle.
There’s another message though, that’s touched my very soul.
It doesn’t offer power, fame, or riches as a goal.
It’s all about the One who made the land and the seas.
He created all the stars, so the night could see.
He dressed the oceans and filled the shores with sand.
He made every creature through His all-wise commands.
And while He looked at everything and said that it was great,
He didn’t think it was complete ‘til He made man and mate.
I know that I’ve been fearfully and wonderfully made.
There’s nothing this old world could offer me for which I’d trade.
He’s renewed my spirit and caused my heart to see
how He can put a moonbeam in a bottle just for me.
© rdouglasVeer 9/6/2005
Are you able to keep your sense of peace even when the storms of life come? Or do you focus on the problem at hand, so much so that you lose your sight of Jesus? Remember, He promised He would never leave you nor forsake you. He calmed the storm at sea, keeping the disciples safe. He longs for you to trust in Him with your very life. Are you ready to do that in the midst of your storm?
Mark 4:38-39; (NKJV)
But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace,be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
My aching body cries because of all the pain it bears.
My soul cries out, “Don’t you know? The truth is, no one cares!”
And who are you that you should have the peace that others know?”
On and on with deepening sadness, voices ebb and flow
“Oh God, why must it be this way? Just how can I find rest?
And how can peace and comfort come, within this aching breast?”
Then hidden there behind the clouds a tiny light appears.
It grows and glistens as I watch it, drawing ever near.
Faintly, I can see a figure, walking in the glow
Silencing my beating heart, because somehow I know . . .
That I should not let sorrow from this troubled world withhold
All the precious treasures, that the Lord would give my soul.
My vision becomes clearer; I can see that it is He!
The one who calms the winds and storms; the man from Galilee.
Bolts of lightning have not hindered His approaching steps.
Now He reaches down to touch me where my eyes have wept.
Wrapped around me is His love; it’s all that I can feel.
He softly walks upon my storm, and whispers, “Peace be still”.
For even in this moment as he speaks in loving psalms,
All my fears do vanish as I languish in his calm.
© rdouglasVeer 9/13/2005
King Solomon penned one-thousand-and-five love songs in this biblical book called The Song of Solomon or The Song of Songs. The theme of the book can be found in verse 2:16: “My lover is mine, and I am his. . .” The book presents a beautiful love story in poetic form and has been a source of delight to readers through the ages. It celebrates the love between a bridegroom and a bride. But it is also a perfect picture of the beautiful bond between Christ, the Heavenly Bridegroom, and His Church, the Bride of Christ. It is wonderful to know that the bridegroom takes the initiative to pursue the bride. In the same way, God chooses us, and opens the way for us to be united with Him. Furthermore, the bride is unworthy of the bridegroom’s love. As sinners, we too, are unworthy, but God is gracious and His love for us is eternal. While human marriage is time-honored and magnificent, as believers our union with Christ is everlasting and divine.
Song of Songs 2:12-14
Get up, my dear friend, fair and beautiful lover-come to me! Look around you: Winter is over; the winter rains are over, gone! Spring flowers are in blossom all over. The whole world’s a choir-and singing! Spring warblers are filling the forest with sweet arpeggios. Lilacs are exuberantly purple and perfumed, and cherry trees fragrant with blossoms. Oh, get up, dear friend, my fair and beautiful lover-come to me! Come, my shy and modest dove–leave your seclusion, come out in the open. Let me see your face, let me hear your voice. For your voice is soothing and your face is ravishing.
(For my bride to be)
I hear the whispers in the wind
When even tide is near.
With its soft melodious voice
It calls the moon, “Come near”.
I hear the gurgling of the brook
As it trickles down.
Across the rocky meadow face
With wrinkles in its brow.
I hear the branches of the pines
Play syncopated tunes
That harmonize with ev’ning doves
And owls and lutes and loons.
Then the brook and wing and wind
in orchestrated mewl
Bring night alive
with moon and stars
To now be born anew.
Love’s crescendo booms and cries
In catalytic swoon.
Our hearts unite “en musicale”
beneath a lover’s moon.
And then in soft melodic notes
Your love song touches me
And matches melody and rhyme
To my “heartsong melody”.
© rdouglasVeer 3/8/1997
So, how’s your New Year’s resolution going? Have you kept your promises to yourself? Are you living up to what you might have promised God? By the way, what did you put at the top of your list? What have you deemed most important? Remember that in all we try to accomplish, only what we do for the Lord will last for eternity. Matthew said in chapter 16, “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Vs. 26). Are we really working for Jesus, or are we working hard to store up treasure in this life, only to leave it behind in the end?
Luke 12:15-21 (NKJV)
The Parable of the Rich Fool
And He [Jesus] said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully.
And he thought within himself, saying, `What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’
So he said, `I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods.
And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” ‘
But God said to him, `Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’
“So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
© rdouglasVeer 6/2/2012
Today is “Sanctity of Human Life Sunday”. Did you know that since the Supreme Court decision of Roe Vs. Wade in 1973, there have been over 60 million abortions in America? We’re not just talking about terminated pregnancies; we’re talking about the killing of millions of children. Oh, but that’s such strong language, you say. You may protest that you have the right to do what you want to with your own body. That’s true. But you don’t have any rights over the body of another.
Jeremiah 1:4, 5 (NIV).
“The word of the Lord came to me [Jeremiah] saying, Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart . . .”
I wonder what the snow looks like
and the sparkling of the rain
as it lights upon the window
and runs down the window pane
I’ll bet the sun is very warm
when the morning brings its light
pushing away the darkness
that hides everything at night
And I can only imagine
what it must feel like to be
cuddled up to Momma’s breast
while I sit upon her knee
You see I’ve looked so forward
to having all these things
like seeing light and shadows
and hearing Robins sing
I guess I’ll just imagine, Mom,
how my cheeks would feel to blush
and when you’d softly touch my hair
as you’d begin to brush
And I’d love to feel your heart beat
as you held me close to you
and learn the many other things
that little girls get to do
But Momma don’t you worry
‘cause I love you anyway
even though I was aborted
when I was almost born today.
© rdouglasVeer 1/20/2019
Matthew 16: 26, “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but
lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?”