He'll Give Rest

Isaiah 14:3

  Recently our pastor taught a series on sharing the gospel, and the importance of being prepared to do so. He went through a few 'plans', such as The Roman Road, The New Testament Road, and The Six Step Plan. The last plan was taken completely from the book of Isaiah. It's beautiful to see how God has woven the gospel throughout the Bible, and specifically in the book of Isaiah.
  As I was taking notes, I could see a song taking shape. Given that I haven't written a song in well over a year, I started to get excited. The next morning, I took out my Bible, and my notes, and started writing.

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He'll Give Rest
©Deborah Bolack 2016

 Like a troubled, swirling sea,
 that cannot find rest or peace.
  Laden down with the weight of sin; 
     No relief from your burdens and grief.    
                    Seek the Lord while he may be found.                   
Call upon him while he is near.
                          If you're thirsting, come to the waters.                       
       He'll give rest from your sorrow and fears.   
                           He was smitten of God and afflicted.                         
                                      Despised and rejected of men.                                     
           Wounded and bruised; made an offering for sin,     
     Jesus poured out his soul unto death. 
                          Seek the Lord while he may be found.                      
   Call upon him while he is near.
                     If you're thirsting, come to the waters.                       
   He'll give rest from your sorrow and fears.   
                                  The Lord says come let us reason.                                  
                          Forsake wicked ways you have known.                         
                Though your sins are like scarlet and crimson,             
 they shall be white as snow.
                     Seek the Lord while he may be found.                      
Call upon him while he is near.
                        If you're thirsting, come to the waters.                       
    He'll give rest from your sorrow and fears.   
Seek the Lord, and he'll give rest.


In Acts 8: 26-40, we see how Philip was able to use the book of Isaiah to preach Jesus to the Ethiopian Eunuch.

And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

 Our pastor had seven points, The People, The Prophet, The Problem, The Provision, The Plan, The Pardon, and The Peace. I didn't use all  seven points, but combined them into four:
1. The Problem
 2. The Plan
 3. The Provision
 4. The Pardon. 

 Below, I've shown the lyrics, with the corresponding scriptures. Some phrases are taken directly from the Bible, while some are paraphrased, or my own wording.

The Problem

57:20-21 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot find rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.
1:4a Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evil doers, children, that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, 
53:4a Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows:

Like a troubled, swirling sea, 
that cannot find rest or peace.
Laden down with the weight of sin                           
No relief from your burdens and grief.             

The Plan


55:6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
55:1a Ho, everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters,
14:3 And it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve.

Seek the Lord while he may be found.                      
Call upon him while he is near.
If you're thirsting, come to the waters.                       
He'll give rest from your sorrow and fears.   
           

The Provision


53:4b yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
53:3a He is despised and rejected of men
53:5a,b, But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:
53:10a,b Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin,
53:12c because he hath poured out his soul unto death:

He was smitten of God and afflicted.                         
Despised and rejected of men.                                     
Wounded and bruised; made an offering for sin,     
Jesus poured out his soul unto death.  
                 

The Pardon


1:18 Come let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
55:7a Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts:

The Lord says come let us reason.                                  
Forsake wicked ways you have known.                         
Though your sins are like scarlet and crimson,             
they shall be white as snow.


God's Hand

   
©Deborah Bolack 2001
Pianist Mrs. Susan Carlson
Performed by Winning Side Ladies 2008
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God’s hand reaching out in mercy and grace,
touched my heart that I might see,
and beckoned me to seek his face.
His truth would set me free.

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God’s hand, God’s hand.
I reached out and took God’s hand.
Lifted up by God’s hand,
Now on higher ground I stand.

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God’s hand reaching out to my wounded heart,
his touch a healing balm,
caused all my doubts and fears to depart;
restored the peace and calm.

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God’s hand, God’s hand.
I reached out and took God’s hand.
Lifted up by God’s hand,
Now on higher ground I stand.

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God’s hand reaching out when I go astray,
draws me gently to his side.
He softly calls to show me the way;
his still small voice my guide.

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God’s hand, God’s hand.
I reached out and took God’s hand.
Lifted up by God’s hand,
Now on higher ground I stand.

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Lifted by God’s hand.

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As a child, our daughter, Nicole, used to trace her hand on paper, and then draw pictures below it. She said it was God’s hand reaching down from heaven. I wanted to write a song about that picture, but the song took it’s own direction, and became a more personal story of how God had reached out to me, not at salvation, but at a crossroads in my life.
It was my own lack of faith that had brought me to this place. Somewhere along the way I had allowed myself to become content with simply skimming the surface of God’s truth, and as a result I was no longer walking closely to my Lord. When I finally reached out to him and truly sought his face, God’s hand lifted me up to a place where I could once again see the light of his truth. As I felt the healing touch of God’s hand, my doubts and fears melted away, replaced by a wonderful peace in my heart.
How thankful I am that not only is God reaching down and supplying all of my needs, as Nicole’s drawing showed, but he is actually holding me in his hand!



Psalm 25:9,10 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
Psalm 30:1 I will extol thee, O Lord, for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.
Psalm 37:24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.



Immersed In My Saviour's Love



©Deborah Bolack 2005
Pianist Michelle Krause
Guitar Grace MacNeill
Singers- Michelle Krause, Deborah Bolack
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I’d been told about how Jesus had died to take my sin.
How I longed to know his presence, and have his peace within.
But how would I know this gift was mine?
What wonders would I see?
Then I finally trusted the Lord, and cried out,
“ Jesus, yes I believe!”
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No angels, no heavenly voices, no lightning flash from above.
Just peace and joy unspeakable, immersed in my Saviour’s love!
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Though I knew him as my Saviour, and tried to give my best,
how I longed for sweet communion; to lay across his breast.
I prayed, “ Jesus I surrender my desires and all my cares.”
When I finally gave all my heart,
he sent me wondrous answers to prayer.
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No angels, no heavenly voices, no lightning flash from above.
Just peace and joy unspeakable, immersed in my Saviour’s love!
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When I feel my first love fading, there’s just once place to go.
So, I run to meet with Jesus; he’s waiting there I know.
In my secret place, down on my knees, I seek my Saviour’s face.
As he draws me back to his heart,
he shows me awesome mercy and grace!
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No angels, no heavenly voices, no lightning flash from above.
Just peace and joy unspeakable, immersed in my Saviour’s love!
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Immersed in my Saviour's love.
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Brother Richard Sweat preached a message about the three places we can be as Christians. The first is touching the hem of Jesus’ garment, the second, is walking hand in hand with Jesus, while the third is on his bosom, where there is no doubt or fear. I took those thoughts and combined with my own experience, I soon had another song.
Someone witnessing to me, prior to my salvation, had told me that something happens when God saves you. I know now that the change spoken of was the one that takes place within the heart, but at the time, I really didn’t understand what this meant. I had this idea in the back of my mind that something spectacular should happen at the moment I prayed and asked Jesus to save me. I was worried that I wouldn’t have this ‘experience.’ That was one of the things that held me back. I kept putting the Holy Spirit off, even though I knew that I needed salvation, and I longed for peace. When I couldn’t resist any longer, and I finally repented of my sins, asking Jesus to be my Saviour, there were no heavenly voices, and no lightning, but something did indeed happen. When that burden lifted, I felt such peace!
As time went on, and I tried my best to be and to do what I thought my Lord required of me, there still seemed to be something missing. It wasn’t until I surrendered my will that I found that close relationship that I had been longing for. But in spite of knowing what I must do to stay in that right relationship with my Lord, I still find myself straying time and again. But no matter how many times I wander off, I always find Jesus waiting for me when I come back to that secret place of prayer. And every time, I marvel at the mercy and grace of my Lord.

Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
1 Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory;
Psalm 32:7 Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Psalm 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I Want That Faith



 ©Deborah Bolack 2007
Pianist Mrs. Susan Carlson
Soloist Cindy Towle
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For years he had watched his son in pain; torn and tormented and pining away.
He had searched for help, time and again; holding out hope that his son could be saved.
Even when the disciples failed this man, he still sought Jesus healing hand.
And through tears he cried out, “Lord I believe, help thou mine unbelief.”
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Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief, I want that faith that moves mountains.
Lord, I want to believe.
You’re my only hope and strength, dear Lord, help thou mine unbelief.
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Twelve years she had suffered and endured; plagued by an illness without any cure.
She had sought for help; spent all she had, holding out hope for a healing hand.
When she reached out and touched the Master’s clothes, she knew Jesus could make her whole.
Jesus said unto her, “Go now in peace.” 
She was healed because she believed.
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Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief, 
I want that faith that moves mountains.
Lord, I want to believe.
You’re my only hope and strength, 
dear Lord, help thou mine unbelief.
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Lord, I want that faith; mountain moving faith.
You’re strong when I am weak. Lord, I believe.

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During the evening service on July 8, 2007, our Pastor had preached a message called “Marah.” As I recall, the main point of the message was that we should look for something ‘sweet’ when we are in the midst of Marah. I’m sure that some day, I’ll write that song too, but at the time my mind kept coming back to a particular part of the message. Pastor  had read the account of the man whose son had a dumb spirit. Even the disciples failed to help this man and his son. It occurred to me that if this man had been like many people, he would have used that as an excuse to turn away from Jesus, but no, he still sought out the Lord. As I reread the different accounts in the gospels, I couldn’t help but think what great faith that man had. Then I realized that this is also where Jesus spoke to his disciples about having faith that can move a mountain. I thought, “Lord, I want that faith that moves mountains!”
Then I decided to look for other examples of that kind of faith. I read about the woman with the issue of blood. She had been to all the doctors, and had spent all of her money trying to find someone who could heal her. Even after twelve years she still held out hope. When she heard about Jesus she knew that if she could just get close enough to touch but his clothes, she would be made whole. That is mountain moving faith! Lord, I believe; help thou my unbelief!

As much as I believe God’s word to be true, there are still situations when I have to say, “Help thou mine unbelief.” Will I ever come to the point of believing that through faith I can move a mountain? Oh how I want that faith!

Mark 9:17,18,23,24 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
Matthew 17:18-20 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible to you.
Mark 5:25-29,34 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of physicians, and spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her plague. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

What Goes Around Comes Around


Some wisdom from my dad.