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Hear my prayer, O LORD

Psalm 102:1 Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry come to you!

The Psalms continue to be a major force in my daily walk with the Lord.  They are so transparent and real in dealing with all the factors of our life.  The Psalmist isn’t afraid to talk with the Lord.  

We face daunting odds every day of our life.  For every good thing that happens it seems unbidden at least 10 strike us.  As we age we struggle to stay in contact and open communication with our children, grandchildren and some great grandchildren.  The world is always upside down.  I read the headlines today and the simple issues of morality are just over whelming.  One of the big stories of 1978 was the serial killer Ted Bundy murdering the young coeds at Florida State.  This morning I read of the abortion doctor that had 50,000 abortions, many admitted had been live births to harvest the organs.  50,000?  No one is marching about those precious lives lost, murdered by a serial killer of babies.  The helpless.  The persecuted.  Lord help us as we strive to serve you.  How can we stand in the midst of a society so brutal that claims up is down and down is up.  A society that enshrines hate and evil while casting aspersions on those who would seek to help.  O Lord let my cry come to you.  

One of the tragic things we discover as we study history is that every generation that has lived on Earth have huge commitments to evil and sin.  We are not particularly special-no better, certainly no worse-because evil is evil and sin is sin and we all are desperately in need of a Savior.  When we come to Jesus we come to the One who paid the price for our sin.  Personal payment.  He knew our name.  He saw our face.  When you read Psalm 139 you quickly realize that God didn’t create an amorphous World-He created us one by one.  None of us asked to be born.  It was the creative act of a loving and caring God.  Jesus loves me this I know-For the Bible tells me so.  

I’m reminded of Melvin Jones, New Orleans-my partner for more than 25 years.  Mel is African American.  He was a wealthy, self-made millionaire who began to read his own ads and got run over by evil-drugs.  Jesus found him in the gutter, living on the street, slowed down enough that he could hear the Lord speak.  Mel, Mel why are you persecuting me?  Mel’s response was to consider suicide but he threw one last challenge to the Lord and Jesus saved him.  I wish I could tell you it was all easy after that-it wasn’t.  He was a multiple relapse offender.  He struggled.  He failed and finally not long before Katrina it all clicked and he’s been clean and sober now about 20 years.  But much more than that, God created through him Bethel Community, a drug rehab center in New Orleans.  There are generally about 200 plus folks in drug rehab every day for the six month program.  He encourages folks to do one year and those that succeed generally take a year to lay the foundation of their lifelong battle with addiction.  

Hear my prayer Lord, let my cry come to you.  Praying for Mel Jones, Jim Lee as he struggles with recovery from heart surgery, my wife Carol as she struggles with recovery from back surgery, and each one of you as you struggle with a fight against cancer, difficulties of various nature.  The Lord is so good to us but the struggle of life is so real.  Help us Lord to grow and mature in Christ.  Help us Lord to be usable and useful.  Help us Lord.  We love you.  

PSALM 103 [†] y Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! 2 y Bless the LORD, O my soul, and z forget not all his benefits, 3[†] who  forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 5 who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Hallelujah.  Thank you Lord.  Another thing I love about the Psalms is the Psalmist begins Psalm 103 praising God.  God is good.  God is all knowing.  God is here with us.  God never lets us get out of his sight.  God is here every minute of our struggle equipping us for that time of renewal when we get together with him.  Yes this world is passing away but we are eternal because we have been bought with a price.  Thank the Lord for people like Mel Jones.  Thank the Lord for your struggle.  Thank the Lord for friendships.  Jesus loves you this I know-for the Bible tells me so.  

 

I FIND LIFE CAN BE CONFUSING

I’ve been thinking about Psalm 86:5-6 last night in the night watch, in my heart, in my mind and all day today.  The Lord is precious, powerful, and praiseworthy.  Thank you Lord for listening to me and making complex confusing things simple. 

 

I FIND LIFE CAN BE CONFUSING

I find my life in troubled times to be very confusing

The options we face, the potential disgrace

Can weigh upon our hearts and minds

More than even we realize

It is a deep seated fear that we won’t measure up

That we aren’t what others think we are

Even if they think less of us than we do

 

In Psalm 86 I found a line the Lord continues to highlight

“Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you O Lord, do I lift up my soul

For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love

To all who call upon You.” 86:5-6

I want my soul to be unburdened, gladden my heart O Lord

Help me to be the person you meant me to be

Let me help others more, and care less of what others think

 

I want an honesty between us Father, short accounts on sin

Long accounts on prayer, spending time with You

Doing more listening than talking-You know who I am

I want to know more about who You are!

I desperately need your presence and council

I get sick without Your abiding, deep, merciful love

 

I know you hear me, I know you love me

Create in me a clean heart and a resourceful mind

Help me to study, to encourage, to help, to strengthen all I meet

People count Lord, they count with you

I pledge to make everyone I meet count, people count

Clay Corvin

 

DARK DAYS

DARK DAYS

Dark days surround us, popping up at inopportune times

We cling to hope, Christ our Lord

As we stumble and grope our way along

We know things will work out one day

Praying today is the day

 

If it isn’t, our hope is still there

We care and believe and move on

 

Dark days surround us, past, present and future

We know the way, that will carry each day

Claim our place at the Master’s throne

Explain our pain, expound our lack of gain

He will listen, He knows all about us

 

I have a choice, as do you

Choose to see with my Lord’s eyes

By faith know it is true, what He says He will do

Thinking in terms of His love for me, focusing on His promises

Refusing to believe the enemies lies, Jesus is Lord of all

 

My life has meaning and purpose, momentary setbacks

A constancy of purpose, seeking to grow and mature

The next step, the next step, each move guided

The Lord is here, He is near, He never leaves me

Knowing this, I live to serve, I live under authority of the Lord Himself

 

Today is another day of victory, they add up quick

We will stand in His presence more quickly than we know

Jesus our Lord and guide, He has a place for us in His krewe

It’s a day for singing, remembering past success

How He broke thru the gloom and doom, the lies destroyed again and again

 

I cling to the old rugged Cross, His victory emblazoned for all

Jesus is Lord and King, the way of the Cross for me

 

Clay Corvin

10/12/19 – study in Northport

 

OUR FIFTY FIRST WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

TO: Carol
On Our Fifty First Wedding Anniversary

Everything under the Sun is new again

Back home where we began

I often feel twenty-one (only in my mind)

Every day is great

All the challenges-physical and otherwise

We face together

It’s better by far where-ever you are

 

Children doing good

Grands growing up-the three are amazing

Blessings overflowing far beyond anything I ever dreamed

Gratefully we continue to travel

Life moves in hyper drive

We are still one-not done yet!

You make this work-You are the best part of me

 

Thank you- thank you for the multitudinous blessings

I love this journey with you

I love you – Happy Anniversary!

 

HAPPY FIFTY-FIRST ANNIVERSARY-

SEPTEMBER 14, 2019

 

SERVING

SERVING

Christ in me, Freedom from the evil one
Christ forgives my sin, sets me free
Giving me the power, to live free and Serve Him

Christ in me, my Mind submitted to God
Oh Lord help me, rebuking my Evil thoughts
Harnessing my wandering heart, focusing my mind on You

Christ in me, Heart control a choice
Submission, submission, submission
Evil seeking to destroy me, By The things I say and do

Christ in me, His control guides me
Leading me to serve, equipping me to grow
The things I do important, His power available if I ask

Christ in me, He knows the end from the beginning
Serving Him and using me, His goal, my hope
Giving me the confidence to rejoice, He gives me peace

Clay Corvin – July 22, 2019
Santa Fe, NM 5:40 pm MDS

PEOPLE

People are important

Christ died for each one of us

We cannot escape our responsibility

Caring for people is Christ’s work

 

We have so many gifts

Getting lost in the clutter

What to do?  How to do it?

What shall I be? Always me, my and mine!

 

Let me help you focus

The Word is Christ

Jesus is Lord

We are not

 

Our call is to serve

It begins in our family

Learning how to get along is first

If I can’t get along in my family, how can I do God’s work?

 

Prayer and time with Jesus

Critical elements of harmony

Wisdom, mercy, grace and understanding

Doled out by the bucket full-If we will only ask!

 

Service is what we do

God’s call to each of us

First to family, then to neighbors

Then to everywhere we go

 

There is no place where we don’t serve

Our calling is to surrender

Our work comes from obedience

People are important, be His servant

 

Clay Corvin
July 5, 2019

 

 

 

ARISE

Arise sleeper and go forth
The Lord is preparing you
Service today is filled with His glory
His miracles await you

The breath of life empowers you
What will you say to the lost?
The Lord God Almighty fills you
Just ahead is the Jordan

Cross over into your promised land
The Lord is with you
Be available, be ready
He calls us to be usable, speak truth

The World reacts against you
Everything you stand for
Infuriates the lost, Christ calls you
To be His witness, His sacrifice

Today is the day
There is no tomorrow
Be the life of Christ
Servanthood extols His grace

You’ve not passed this way before
Each new day is an assault on evil
Be not be afraid for the Lord is here
Our God goes with us

Clay Corvin
June 30, 2019

GOD NEVER SLEEPS – PSALM 121

God never sleeps, never dozes, never misses anything
He is the Creator, watching over mankind, His creation
Before you were formed in your mother’s womb
He knew you – He’s not missed one second of your life
He had a mission for you – you count with the Father
Sin destroys us, we are sinful through and through, it sidetracks us
Jesus comes to us with the Gospel, He has a better way

The Lord is near – He is as indivisible from us as our shadow
He is here – always here – never not here
Good, bad, or indifferent, whatever ugly mess we make of our lives
Jesus reaches out to us, claiming us, reassuring us – we count with the Lord
We belong to Jesus – He treasures us – He knows us – He loves us – He is love

Jesus always knows exactly what is going on with us, each one of us
He is never indifferent to our condition, He cries with us, He laughs with us, He loves us
He never wearies of dealing with us – perfect patience, total love – He never walks away
Jesus deals with us individually, He knows each one of us, totally, completely
He matures His promises in our journey, we count with Jesus Christ
We discover in our spiritual journey that He reveals Himself to us day by day
Today we know Him, tomorrow we know Him better – we count with Jesus

The Lord Himself cares for us, not angels, our Father, Shepherd, King, Lord
He guards us now, He knows what is going on, He is by our side
He guards us when we leave, when we return, we count with Jesus

Jesus is our protection from all evil, 24/7, He is always on the clock
He is able to care for us, forever, always, in every situation
He is committed to us, Jesus never leaves us, we count with Him
We are His treasure, the apple of His eye, individually, personally

We count with Jesus, He forgives us and gives us His righteousness
Today He is with me, now He is with me, when I am bad He is with me
He never leaves me, He is the mighty God, the Lord Almighty, Jesus Christ
Nothing can separate us from Jesus Christ, Nothing

Clay Corvin
May 16, 2019
Northport, AL

 

 

I’M IN TROUBLE – PS 120 -PS OF ASCENT

I’M IN TROUBLE PS 120 A Psalm of Ascent
I’m in trouble again, it surprised me
I will not be overrun by the lies of the world
I repent of my selfish ways
Lord I turn to you, I claim you, your Word, your presence
Remind me Lord that I’m just passing through
Help me to understand that you are here with me
I’m just losing the world
I will never lose you
Ups and downs are part of life, good and bad come and go
Everyone has a hard time, no one escapes difficulty
Heartache and pain walk with us every day
Anxiety and losing are normal in the world
But Jesus is always here, He equips me to survive
To survive and thrive, He brings joy and peace
Even though the world swirls with chaos
Jesus is here, He holds my had and walks with me
Our destiny is with the Lord
We are becoming more like Jesus every day
We love the unlovely, the hurting and hurtful
Christ enables us to continue in the face of loss and pain
He will never leave us
He will give us His strength
Even if we are cut down in our prime
Jesus is still with us and will carry us home
Clay Corvin 
April 5, 2019

JAMES – ON CONQUERING THE MISSISSIPPI

How do we take the measure of a man?
Carefully of course
Many not until the end of life
On occasion there are young men
That exhibit God’s measure

James is that type of man
Exuberant and controlled
Determined and kind
An insightful visionary willing to reach for the stars
Wise enough to value reality

A knowledgeable learner
Committed to growth
A warrior for success
A friend – A planner
Positive about life
Ingenious in conquering challenges

Yes young men have a long road ahead
There will be many obstacles
James has the core beliefs
That will equip him in the face of life’s storms
He will measure well
Life will recount – James lived his life well

Clay Corvin – UPON JAMES NEARING NEW ORLEANS
July 26, 2018