Simcha 04

THE CHURCH IN TURMOIL

 

LORD, YOUR PEOPLE SEEM TO HAVE

A MALADY THIS DAY,

THEY NEVER WANT TO LISTEN

BUT WILL ALWAYS HAVE THEIR SAY,

THE LEADERS ALL EXALT THEMSELVES

ABOVE THEIR HUMBLE BROTHER,

HANDING DOWN COMMANDMENTS

WHILE THEY COMFORT ONE ANOTHER,

THEY SAY WE HAVE TO BE IN CHURCH

TO BE A HOLY ONE,

THEY COMMENT ON YOUR ABSENCE,

YOU’RE REBELLIOUS, ON THE RUN,

AND IF YOU TRY TO TELL THEM

YOU WERE OUT VISITING THE ILL,

AN ACT THAT GOD CALLS RIGHTEOUSNESS,

THESE MEN REGARD AS NIL,

THEY TELL US THAT OUR GOD

DEMANDS A TITHE OF TEN PERCENT,

THAT WE MUST FOLLOW LAWS

PRESCRIBED IN GOD’S OLD COVENANT,

THEY DISALLOW THE WORK

THAT JESUS DID UPON THE CROSS,

DENYING TOTAL GRACE,

AND TO THEIR SOUL IT IS A LOSS,

THE PEOPLE SIT AND WATCH THE PASTOR

SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK,

THEIR ACTIONS IN THE REAL WORLD

LIKE THEY NEVER HEARD HIM SPEAK,

AND WHEN THE CHURCH DISMISSES,

THEN THE GOSSIP STARTS TO FLY,

THE WOMEN FORM THEIR CIRCLES

WITH A BEAM IN EVERY EYE,

THEY TELL THE NEWS WITH TRAGEDY,

BUT DEEP INSIDE THEY LOVE IT,

THEIR NETWORK VAST AND WIDE

THAT WORLDLY MEDIA’S WOULD COVET,

THE MEN ARE NOT ABOVE THIS SIN,

ALTHOUGH THEY’RE MORE REFINED,

THEY BROADCAST GOSSIP ONE ON ONE,

AS PROPHETS SELF ASSIGNED,

AND WHEN THE FOOTBALL SEASON COMES

THEY JUST SET GOD ASIDE,

TO RESURRECT HIM LATER

WHEN THEIR FOOTBALL GOD HAS DIED,

I ASK YOU LORD,

WHEN YOU PUT AN END TO ALL THEIR GAMES,

WHEN WILL YOU PURIFY YOUR CHURCH

WITH SANCTIFYING FLAMES,

WHEN WILL YOU LET YOUR CHILDREN

SEE THE SIN WITHIN THEIR HEART,

PLEASE SHOW THEM HOW REBELLION

KEEPS THEMSELVES AND YOU APART,

THEN MAYBE LORD YOUR CHURCH WILL BE

AFFECTIVE IN OUR LAND,

WITH LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER,

THEN THE WORLD WILL UNDERSTAND,

THAT JESUS PAID THE RANSOM PRICE

TO SET ALL PEOPLE FREE,

AND WANTS TO BE THEIR CLOSEST FRIEND

FOR ALL ETERNITY.

MY PRAYER LORD IS THAT SOMEDAY SOON

YOU’LL PURIFY YOUR BRIDE,

THAT CHRISTIANS WILL BE HUMBLED

AND THAT YOU’LL BE GLORIFIED,

THAT WE’LL BE PEOPLE

YOU’LL BE GLAD TO CALL YOUR OWN,

AND MANY MORE WILL TRUST IN YOU

BEFORE YOU CALL US HOME

Copyright Holy Spirit 12/07/90 David Ben Yakov.

Note: Just before I was given this poem I went to visit a friend in the hospital, again on a Wednesday night. That meant that I missed another Wednesday Night Service. The following day I went to the church to do some work and was approached by the assistant pastor. I was grilled about where I had been the night before. I told him that I had been to visit a sick Christian sister who was in the hospital. I was blatantly told that my being in church Wednesday night was more important than visiting that friend. I knew that Jesus said differently so I challenged him on what he said, to which I was told not to question the pastor. This, combined with other things that I saw in the congregation caused the words that you read above, with the guiding of the Holy Spirit of course. Needless to say, I wasn’t too popular after this and left the church soon afterward.

I’VE WALKED BY YOU A THOUSAND TIMES

 

I’VE WALKED BY YOU A THOUSAND TIMES

AND WANTED TO SAY HI,

MY FEAR OF YOUR RELIGION

MAKES ME FEARFUL, MAKES ME SHY,

I’VE SEEN YOU AS YOU’VE GONE TO CHURCH

SO HAPPY AND SO FREE,

THE REASON FOR YOUR JOY

I CANNOT FIND AND CANNOT SEE,

I KNOW OUR COUNTRY AND OUR WORLD

ARE CHANGING FOR THE WORSE,

BUT YOU DON’T SEEM AFFECTED

BY THE SADNESS OF THIS CURSE,

I WENT WITH DRUGS AND LIQUOR

BUT THEY DID NOT FILL THIS VOID,

I CRIED AND CRIED THE DAY

WHEN THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE I TOYED,

IN STEALTH I SPIED OUTSIDE YOUR CHURCH

I CRIED WITH EVERY HYMN,

BECAUSE MY SOUL IS FILTHY

I COULD NEVER ENTER IN,

I WISH THAT I COULD TAKE A BATH

AND WASH THIS FILTH AWAY,

I WISH SOMEONE COULD TELL ME

OF A PRICE THAT I COULD PAY,

PERHAPS SOMEDAY YOU WILL BE BOLD

AND SAY HELLO TO ME,

AND TELL ME HOW I CAN BE HAPPY,

AND MY CONSCIENCE FREE,

I’VE WALKED BY YOU A THOUSAND TIMES

AND WANTED TO SAY HI!

Copyright Holy Spirit 6/25/90 David Ben Yakov

Note: I was given this poem when it was evident that the people at my church really were not interesting in a community outreach.

It was really ironic how they talked like they were going to conquer our town, but went out of their way to shut the church doors behind them. Sad state of affairs.

IRONIC CHRISTIANITY

 

TIME IS SO SHORT AND ITS TICKING AWAY,

HIS PEOPLE JUST, FROLIC HIS PEOPLE JUST PLAY,

WHILE MANY A SOUL WILL DIE IN THIS HOUR,

HIS PEOPLE SEEK MONEY, HIS PEOPLE SEEK POWER,

THEY GO AFTER THINGS THAT REALLY DON’T MATTER,

THEY EAT THE BEST FOOD, THEY GET SO MUCH FATTER,

THE LORD LOOKS DOWN WITH A TEAR IN HIS EYE,

WHILE HIS PEOPLE IGNORE THE HUNGRY MANS CRY,

THEY DRIVE THEIR BIG CARS AND IMPRESS ALL THEIR FRIENDS,

THEY GIVE TO THE MISSIONS TO MAKE THEIR AMENDS,

A LARGE HANDSOME HOUSE TO SHOW STATUS AND WEALTH,

A BANKROLL OF THOUSANDS TO GUARANTEE HEALTH,

AND ALL WHILE THEIR BROTHERS LIE NAKED AND POOR,

NO FOOD IN THE CLOSET, NO CLOTHES IN THE DRAWER,

BUT JESUS WILL PAY THEM, YES, DOUBLE THEIR DUE,

HE’LL CONDEMN THE MANY, HE’LL REWARD THE FEW,

AND MANY WILL CRY A GREAT WAIL ON THAT DAY,

THEY’LL SEE THEIR TRANSGRESSIONS, WHERE THEY WENT ASTRAY,

THE LAMBS WILL COME IN AND THEY’LL ENTER GODS’ REST,

THE GOATS WILL BE PUNISHED, THE RIGHTEOUS BE BLESSED.

Copyright Holy Spirit 3/25/90 David Ben Yakov.

Note: I was given this poem around the time when the wealthy people in the church were flaunting their wealth instead of

serving the Lord who gave them that wealth. This was also around the time when God humbled many television evangelists.

A GOOD, GOOD FEELING

 

LORD THIS SERVANT HAS TO THANK YOU

FOR LAST WEDNESDAY NIGHT,

THE DEVIL TRIED TO STOP IT,

BUT YOU TRIUMPHED WITH YOUR MIGHT,

FOR EVEN THOUGH I WENT TO VISIT JEFF,

A DEAR OLD FRIEND,

YOU, IN YOUR AWESOME WISDOM

PLANNED A VERY DIFFERENT END,

THAT NIGHT I BROUGHT A FRIEND OF MINE,

YOU KNEW THE TIME WAS RIGHT,

YOU SET YOUR LOVE BEFORE HIM LORD,

REVEALED TO HIM THE LIGHT,

HE’S ON THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW NOW,

REPENTED OF HIS WAYS,

A BLESSED CHILD OF THE KING,

ETERNAL ARE HIS DAYS,

I’M GLAD I WAS OBEDIENT

AND DID JUST WHAT YOU SAID,

BECAUSE I LISTENED TO YOUR VOICE

THIS MAN’S NO LONGER DEAD,

AND SOME WILL SAY THAT MISSING CHURCH

WAS TERRIBLE INDEED,

I HAVE A BRAND NEW BROTHER NOW,

SO I PAY THEM NO HEED.

Copyright Holy Spirit 3/23/90 David Ben Yakov

Note: I was given this poem around the time that I was getting flak about not going to a Wednesday night service at my church. Because I was obedient to

God and disobedient to man-made customs, a new person came into the Kingdom of God. I think I was justified in my actions, and God thought so too.

THE LORD – MY ONLY CORRECTOR

 

LORD YOU’RE DOING A WORK IN ME,

ALWAYS WORKING ON MY HEART,

THE POWER OF SIN THAT HINDERED ME

YOU’VE BLOWN IT ALL APART,

YET PEOPLE JUST KEEP COMING LORD,

THEY BROADCAST EVERY FAULT,

IT SEEMS THAT EVERY WOUND I HAVE

THEY SEEM TO FILL WITH SALT,

YES, YOU OH LORD REVEAL TO ME

ONE AREA AT A TIME,

BUT PEOPLE LOAD THE BURDENS ON

AND TAX MY STRENGTH OF MIND,

I WONDER IF THEY KNOW,

YOUR HOLY SPIRIT SPEAKS TO ME,

HE SHOWS ME IN HIS TENDER WAY

THE THINGS I NEED TO SEE,

I WISH THEY’D REALIZE THAT YOUR SPIRIT

TUGS ON MY HEART TOO,

AND HE’S THE HOLY AUTHOR

OF THE GOOD THINGS THAT I DO,

I PRAY MY LORD THAT SOMEDAY

THEY CAN REST FULLY ASSURED,

THAT THIS YOUNG MAN DOES LOVE THE KING

AND REALLY HEARS MY LORD.

Copyright Holy Spirit 3/23/90 David Ben Yakov.

Note: This poem was written during a time when not so holy Christians

were trying to run my life in their understanding, but not in God’s love.

LORD, ALL I WANT IS YOU

 

I WANT TO WALK IN HOLINESS,

BECAUSE THAT’S YOUR DESIGN,

I GIVE MY WHOLE LIFE TO YOU LORD,

I LAY IT ON THE LINE,

THE HABITS THAT HAVE HINDERED ME,

I GIVE THEM ALL TO YOU,

SO TAKE THEM ALL AWAY FROM ME,

CREATE ME LORD ANEW,

GIVE ME LORD A PRAYERFUL LIFE,

SO I CAN ALWAYS BE,

A MIGHTY HOLY WARRIOR,

TO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE,

LORD GIVE ME LOVE FOR ALL I SEE,

TO LEAD THEM ALL TO YOU,

AND GIVE ME A COURAGEOUS HEART,

YOUR WORK I’LL BRAVELY DO,

SO MAKE ME HOLY, BLESSED LORD,

AND LET ME DO YOUR WILL,

AND HELP ME LIVE IN HOLINESS,

WITH ME YOUR SPIRIT FILL.

Copyright Holy Spirit 01/1990 David Ben Yakov.

MY HEART’S DESIRE

 

BE GLORIFIED MY LORD AND KING,

IN ALL THE THINGS I DO,

AND WHEN I WAKE UP EVERY MORN,

PLEASE START MY LIFE ANEW,

BE INFLUENTIAL IN MY LIFE,

SO IT CAN BRING YOU PRAISE,

AND THROUGH MY WALK, SET MANY SOULS

THAT SEEK YOU FULL ABLAZE,

BE LORD AND KING OF ALL MY LIFE,

MY BODY, SOUL AND MIND,

AND CLEANSE MY SOUL OF HABITS,

AND ALL BAD THINGS THAT YOU FIND,

I SAY THESE THINGS WITH ALL MY HEART,

BECAUSE I LOVE YOU SO,

I WANT TO BE A HOLY CHILD

THAT YOU ARE GLAD TO KNOW.

Copyright Holy Spirit 01/90 David Ben Yakov.

WORDS OF ADORATION

 

LORD YOU’RE MY DESIRE,

LET ME GLORIFY YOUR NAME,

I CALL YOU MY MESSIAH

AND I NEVER FEEL ASHAMED,

I LOVE TO SING YOUR PRAISES

AND TO WORSHIP YOU MY KING,

YOUR FELLOWSHIP A BLESSING

AND I NEED NO OTHER THING,

YOUR SPIRIT GIVES ME WORDS TO SAY

AND SONGS TO GIVE YOU GLORY,

YOUR HOLY WORD ENLIGHTENS ME,

I CHERISH EVERY STORY,

I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOUR FACE,

BEHOLD YOUR VISAGE BRIGHT,

AND ALL THROUGH OUT ETERNITY

I WON’T FORGET THAT SIGHT,

THAT DAY I’LL SEE THE LORD I LOVE

AND BOW BEFORE MY KING,

WE’LL FELLOWSHIP FOREVER MORE

AND TO MY GOD I’LL CLING.

Copyright Holy Spirit 01/90 David Ben Yakov.

A CHRISTIAN PAGAN CUSTOM

 

A PAGAN TREE ADORNS THE ALTAR

FOR THE CHURCH TO SEE,

AS PEOPLE SEE THE LOFTY PINE,

THEY DO NOT LOOK AT ME,

WAS ONCE THAT PEOPLE HONORED ME,

A BIRTHDAY FOR MY SON,

NOW PAGAN TREES AND SANTA CLAUS

AND REINDEER ARE MORE FUN,

THE CHURCH IS SILENT ON THE TRUTH

AND FABLES THEY BELIEVE,

AND THEY DON’T EVEN CARE

THAT IT’S MY SPIRIT THAT THEY GRIEVE,

I HOPE THAT THEY WILL HEAR MY VOICE

AND TURN THEMSELVES AROUND,

SOMEDAY I WILL WITHDRAW MY EAR

AND I WILL NOT BE FOUND.

Copyright Holy Spirit 12/89 David Ben Yakov

A SINGLE MAN’S PRAYER

 

LORD, TELL ME WHY THIS LONELINESS

SEEMS DESTINE FOR MY LIFE,

LORD, TELL ME WHY YOU’RE SILENT

AND NOT GRANTING ME A WIFE,

I’M THIRTY AND I’M THINKING,

WILL I EVER HAVE A MATE,

OR WILL I LIVE AS DESTITUTE,

WITH LONELINESS MY FATE,

WHAT IS YOUR PLAN I’D LIKE TO KNOW,

I’D REALLY LIKE TO HEAR,

SOME PEOPLE EVEN THINK THAT

IN MY LONELINESS I’M WEIRD,

BUT THEY DON’T KNOW,

I HAVE DESIRES JUST LIKE EVERY MAN,

THOUGH I JUST WILL NOT COMPROMISE,

I HAVE TO TAKE A STAND,

FOR MANY WOMEN SAY THEY LOVE YOU

AND THAT YOU ARE LORD,

BUT TALK IS CHEAP

AND THAT IS A MISTAKE I CAN’T AFFORD,

SO HELP ME LORD AND GIVE ME

SOMEONE QUIET AND CONTRITE,

SOMEONE WHO’S VERY HUMBLE

AND SOMEONE WHO HATES TO FIGHT,

SOMEONE WHO WILL ACCEPT ME

AND WILL LOVE ME AS I AM,

A CHILD OF GOD WHO LOVES THE LORD,

AND WORSHIPING THE LAMB.

Copyright Holy Spirit 12/89 David Ben Yakov

Note: A few years after writing this poem I realized that the attributes that I am looking for are actually only embodied by the Lord Jesus Christ. Having been looking for these very many years for a suitable mate and not finding what I desire, I have decided to change my priorities. So, in place of marrying and having potential headaches, I choose to serve the Lord only, because only Jesus can offer me what I am looking for.