Death Could Not Hold Him

Death Could Not Hold Him


On the cross Christ bore the sins
Of all humanity
Not all the pain and sin and shame
For all eternity
Not even all the hosts of hell
Nor death claimed victory…

Over Christ, God’s only Son
Who shed His spotless blood
To redeem our sinful souls
And make us each His child…

Born anew in righteousness,
Not ours but Christ’s alone,
A righteousness we could not earn
But His redemption clothed.

Christ purchased righteousness for us
With His spotless blood;
We receive His gift of grace,
By faith we know and trust

That God is ever faithful,
That He can never lie
He was faithful to His Son
To raise Him back to life
After Jesus bore our sins
And suffered hell three days
His Father kept His Holy Word
And rose Him from the grave…

Now He lives to die no more
So all can now be saved
Who come to Christ for salvation
When to the Lord they pray
Asking Christ into their heart
His children now are they
To ever walk with Him by faith
To love Jesus with all their heart
And ever sing His praise.
In Jesus’ holy name,
Amen.

(Prayer Poem) All Glory To God, Copyright
© 2020, Suzanne Davis Harden, All Rights
Reserved.)

SCRIPTURES FOR MEDITATION

“In hope of eternal life, which God, that
cannot lie, promised before the world
began;” Titus 1:2 KJV

“For by grace are ye saved through
faith; and that not of yourselves: it is
the gift of God: Not of works, lest any
man should boast.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV

“For He hath made Him to be sin for
us, who knew no sin; that we might be
made the righteousness of God in
Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV

“Therefore my heart is glad, and my
glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest
in hope.

For Thou wilt not leave my
soul in hell; neither wilt Thou suffer
Thine Holy One to see corruption.” ~
Psalms 16:9-10 KJV

“For we walk by faith and not by
sight…” 2 Corinthians 5:7

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.”
John 3:16-17 KJV

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for loving the world so much that You sent Thy only Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins, that we might not perish, but have everlasting life with Thee. Jesus Christ is our indescribable Gift of eternal life from Thee. We thank You for the cross and the resurrection. We love You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

“Death Could Not Hold Him” (Prayer Poem~All glory to God~Copyright © 2020 by Suzanne Davis Harden, All rights reserved. Original Scripture Painting, All Glory to God, Copyright © 2020 by Suzanne Davis Harden, All rights reserved. Scripture Quotes taken from the King James Bible (Public Domain)

Their Voice Has Gone Out To All The Earth

All Glory To God Forever

Inspired by Psalm 19

The heavens sing of Thy glory,

The skies reveal Thy work

Every day they sing of Thee

In songs that have no words…

Every day and night they sing

They pour forth melodies

In a language without sound

Their love to Thee they bring.

Though their speech be silent

Their grammar be unknown

Their syntax may be foreign

Yet they may be known

Everywhere in all the earth

In every place they go

God makes their language understood

Where their songs are sown.

They sing God’s holy truths

Every night and day

They glorify the Most High

They praise His holy name…

Before all of the Angels

And all the Universe

Their songs are triumphs of His grace

That display His works…

All glory to God forever

They’re singing all the day…

All glory! Glory! Glory!

May Christ be ever praised!

All glory to Christ forever

Who saved the world from sin

May Christ be praised forevermore

By all who honor Him,

In Jesus’ holy name,

Amen.

(Prayer Song) All Glory To Christ, Copyright © 2019 by SD Harden All rights reserved.

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Scriptures For Meditation

“The heavens declare the glory of God. The expanse shows his handiwork. Day after day they pour out speech, and night after night they display knowledge.

There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their voice has gone out through all the earth, their words to the end of the world…” Psalms 19:1-4 WEB

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known of God is revealed in them, for God revealed it to them.

For the invisible things of him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity; that they may be without excuse.

Because, *knowing God, they didn’t glorify him as God, neither gave thanks, but became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless heart was darkened.”~ Romans 1:18-21 WEB

*Please note that Paul addresses these words to those who are Believers in God, to those who DO KNOW GOD.

The word Paul used for *know is

Strongs1097 γινώσκω [GINW/SKW] {ginṓskō} \ghin-oce’-ko\a prolonged form of a primary verb; to “know” (absolutely)(allow, be aware (of), feel, (have) know(-ledge), perceived, be resolved, can speak, be sure, understand.

*Please re-read the above passages in Romans 1 –not as addressed to unbelievers, -but as to the believer who has suppressed the truth about God in Christ...

One needs to READ the Bible and not merely books ABOUT the Bible, ie –commentaries by people.

Because we are ALL human and we all make mistakes.

One needs to read what our Lord Jesus and the Apostles taught ~~~

~~not what so and so taught, or even what a denomination or school or theology or philosophy that professes to be Christianity teaches ~

because our destiny is at stake.

Jesus said, ““But don’t you be called ‘Rabbi,’ for one is your teacher, the Christ, and all of you are brothers.

Call no man on the earth your father, for one is your Father, he who is in heaven.

Neither be called masters, for one is your master, the Christ.

But he who is greatest among you will be your servant.

Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

Matthew 23:8-12 WEB

If we argue that the pastor or a famous person is more educated and better able to teach us than Jesus Christ from His Word or the Holy Spirit through His word, then we do not believe Jesus’ words.

We become a follower of our pastor or famous teacher or author or philosopher or school rather than Jesus Christ.

That person cannot be our Savior though.

If we are a follower of a human and not actually following Christ, we profess we do not actually believe the above words that Christ spoke that He alone must be our MAIN TEACHER~ RABBI, and the following verses ( *See below) from the Word of God.

If a teacher suppresses these verses then they suppress the truth about Christ.

Meditate on the following scripture verses…they reinforce Jesus’ teachings that we must abide in HIM, allow His Holy Spirit to privately teach us as we maintain a consistent prayer life with Him, worship Him, and personally study His Word with Him that we might come to know our Lord and Savior personally and glorify Him as we were created to.

All we have is idolatry if we reverse His paradigm of worship Jesus first and foremost~ if we make anything but Jesus our Head, we will have only an idol.

The first commandment is to love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, soul, mind, and strength. (Deuteronomy 6:5)

If we stop loving JESUS as our Head, we wander off into error and we will, before we know it,change the truth of God into a lie and be self deceived yet still call ourselves a Christian.

Meditate:

Jesus said, “He that loveth Me not keepeth not My sayings: and the word which ye hear is not Mine, but the Father’s which sent Me.”

“These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you.”

“Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come. He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall shew it unto you.” ~ John 14:24-26,16:7,13-14 KJV

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.

And this is the promise that He hath promised us, even eternal life.

These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.

But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him.

And now, little children, abide in Him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.

If ye know that He is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of Him.”~ 1 John 2:15-29 – KJV

 

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Musical Prayers

“If They Be Silent The Rocks Will Shout,” ~ an high energy instrumental song on my new release “All Glory To God Forever.”

https://open.spotify.com/track/3sTYvR7w7MUoLGciMb1wKO?si=eopn8P_gTDOjovYbg9-Cjg

This song refers to a story in the Gospel of Luke:

And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt,
and they set Jesus thereon.
And as He went, they spread their clothes in the way.
And when He was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives,
the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice
for all the mighty works that they had seen;
Saying, “Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord:
peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.”
And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto Him,
“Master, rebuke thy disciples.”
And Jesus answered and said unto them,
“I tell you that, if these should hold their peace,
the stones would immediately cry out.”
Luke 19:35-40 KJV

Although the religious authorities had witnessed thousands of astonishing miracles performed by the Lord Jesus Christ in the name of His Heavenly Father over the past three years of His ministry, they refused to believe that He was from God.

Although Jesus always gave glory for everything He did to His Heavenly Father, and said He could do nothing apart from His Father, and though He taught sound doctrine with authority from the Scriptures, the religious leaders were determined to slander Him among the people and attribute His power to work miracles to the Devil.

DESPISED AND REJECTED

The religious leaders refused to accept Jesus Christ because He told them the Truth. He told them that they were corrupted hypocrites who were far from God. They looked pious on the outside, but were sinful and needed saving on the inside. They were self righteous and proud, and did not believe Jesus because they trusted that their good deeds were enough to save them.

They also put great confidence in their Jewish heritage. Because of these things they believed they could never be lost. Jesus told them that they were blind and deaf.

He said that if they did not accept Him then they would die in their sins.

However, they would rather kill Him than believe such a thing. And so they unmercifully had Jesus crucified on a cross.

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who had never sinned, suffered and died for the sins of not only those who put Him to death, but for all humanity. Though He died, He rose again on the third day. The Father restored Him to life and gave Him a glorious new eternal body.

Because He died for our sins that we might have eternal life, not only should the rocks shout, so also should the rivers and trees, and all the earth cry aloud and give Him praise and glory and honor for His sacrifice that we might be forgiven for our sins and be cleansed by His spotless blood shed on the cross for us.

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:9-11 – KJV

MUSICAL CONVERSATIONS

Prayer is a conversation between The Lord and me.

All of the music the Lord gives me is birthed in prayer and worship as well as in the Word of God.

The Lord recently revealed to me that the published songs He has given me over the past six years are not primarily for entertainment purposes, but He has sent them to be musical dialogues through which He can speak to our hearts by His Holy Spirit who inspired them.

To enter into the Lord’s musical conversation, first I start with the song’s title, listen to the music in prayer before the Lord, taking my bible along with me, and ask the Lord Jesus to speak to my heart what He wants to say to me through His word.

Jesus gave a promise to His disciples. He said that His Holy Spirit would guide them as they sought Him.

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in
My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance,
whatsoever I have said unto you…John 14:26 KJV
Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth:
for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear,
that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come.” John 16:13 – KJV

Most all of my published song titles have biblical references.

The prayer song titles and hymns have lyrics that are straightforward. And all of my prayer songs have been inspired by the Bible, mostly the psalms. The scriptures that inspired each of them are in the prayer song books that feature the lyrics. It will inevitably be the Word of God that the Lord will use to speak to your heart as you sit down to listen to His songs. For that is what gave them birth.

How an individual song might apply to your personal situation is a matter for private prayer between you and Christ. He will make the matter plain to you. Trust the Lord Jesus.

Again, these are personal, holy conversations between you and the Lord Jesus Christ. Please keep them private between you and the Lord. That is the meaning of holy. Keep holy things between yourself and God.

Jesus said, “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”~ Matthew 6:6 – KJV

You may want to check some of things the Lord inspired me to make for a particular song because He never had me create something to no purpose.

For example, the Lord sometimes gave me a blog, scripture painting, or a video to include with His music. Again those things have their origin in the Word of God.

JUST A PIECE OF THE LOAF…

Perhaps you may only be able to hear clips of the songs.

May you know that it is not necessary to purchase any of the Lord’s songs.

The clips are usually long enough to hear what the instrumental songs are like. As for the songs with lyrics, again it is not necessary to purchase anything.

You can always borrow the prayer song ebooks through Kindle lending in order to discover their lyrics.

Find out what libraries the prayer song ebooks are in and borrow them that way.

I have made some of my prayer songs into music videos with the lyrics printed on them.

Nothing that is God’s will is to no purpose, just as your life is absolutely God’s will and you have a divine purpose.

“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” ~ Ephesians 5: 17 (KJV)

The things that the Lord has had me produce and publish these past several years have been gifts and messages from His heart.

He never fails to speak volumes to me when I take the time to sit down and allow Him to converse about what He wanted to say to me through a song He’s given me.

It’s amazing how many biblical references the Holy Spirit really will guide us to when we stay quiet before the Lord and listen to Him!

“The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him.

The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him.

It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.” ~ Lamentations 3:24-26 (KJV)

I’m so thankful for this honor of being able to do our Heavenly Father’s work despite so many physical challenges.

These only serve to prove that it is Christ’s power doing the work in and through me. Otherwise there would be no way I could do these things.

“It is not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of Hosts…” Zechariah 4:6

May God bless you and speak to your hearts, comfort, and encourage you through all of His holy songs and gifts He has given me the privilege to share with you.

Love, peace, and grace,

Suzanne ❤️

https://open.spotify.com/track/3sTYvR7w7MUoLGciMb1wKO?si=eopn8P_gTDOjovYbg9-Cjg

WHERE ANGELS DANCE

PRAISE-YE-THE-LORD
Praise Ye The Lord

 

If someone had said to me back in 2008 that in the next nine years I would publish nineteen music albums of original music I would have told them that they were insane.

Yet unbelievably I have just published my nineteenth music album.

“Where Angels Dance,” features vibrant worship instrumentals that were all inspired by the Holy Spirit.

Music was never one of my gifts growing up, nor did I ever want anything to do with any of the performance arts.

I was passionate about Art. I never sat down without a pen and sketchpad.

I had taught art, worked as a freelance artist, written and illustrated my own books, and earned my college degree in art & writing. I was certain that God had called me to be a children’s book author and Illustrator.

One day I fell asleep after taking my dog for a walk.

I dreamed I went to Heaven.

There I saw angels and saints dancing before Christ’s Throne.

They were joyfully worshiping the Lord.

Beautiful music was playing in the background as they danced.

When I awoke from my dream, the music was echoing in my mind.

The Lord spoke to my heart, “You can play that song.”

The keyboard that my sister had given us was in front of me.

I felt compelled to try even though there was no reason I should have any hopes of playing that beautiful song from my dream.

Except that the Lord had said I could. And if God said I could, it must be true since He can’t lie.

But what if I was just imagining that God said it?

The only way to find out would be to try…

I sat down and played that song. It was amazing but somehow, I just knew how to do it.

My version wasn’t as lovely as what I had heard in the dream, but it sounded similar.

When the Lord taught me how to play the piano, it was purely by faith. All He asked of me was that I believed His word to me, “You can play that song.”

After I played that one song, He said, “From now on you can play any song I teach you. Just believe.”

“He spoke and it was done, He commanded and it stood fast.” Psalm 33:9

Though I had never wanted to be a musician before, suddenly, I loved worshiping God with this beautiful new gift.

Then the Lord asked me to SHARE the praise music He’d taught me to play.

I froze. It was one thing to play these songs that sounded amazing to me just for the Lord in my worship time, but quite another to make them public.

FEAR & DOUBT reared their ugly heads and whispered, “You know absolutely nothing! These songs only sound good to you because you don’t know anything at all about music. You are only an artist, you aren’t really a musician. No one will listen to this music from God and everyone will make fun of you.”

It was then that I decided, “Maybe the Lord wants me to take piano lessons.”

However, after going through three piano teachers and never being able to quite finish even one beginner book because reading notes was such a challenge for me, I finally realized it was not what the Lord wanted for me.

 “For we walk by faith and not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)

One teacher looked at a printed musical score from an original composition from the Lord and just shook her head, mystified. “This is way beyond you.”

“But I created it, I mean, God created it through me,” I said.

One great thing did come of my piano lessons though. I loved learning the music scales! Somehow that is the one thing that I could master and the Lord helped me use this knowledge to compose many prayer songs.

Yet my music from the Lord sounded very different from other contemporary Christian music.

I had to come to terms with the fact that its true Creator, the risen Lord Jesus Christ who lives in my heart, was composing His music through me just the way He wanted it.

I had to trust Him that it was good enough.

This was going to take a significant leap of faith and courage.

When I had been working as a professional artist, I would never submit anything unless it rose to my “perfectionist” standards.

To me, my piano prayers were a beautiful gift from the Lord that I played back to Him in worship. They did not have to measure up to any human standard of musical taste or preference for I knew that Jesus had made them, loved them, and accepted them.

Now the Lord was asking me to share His songs with the public who did measure its music to a standard. I had no idea what those musical standards or preferences were. I had absolutely no musical knowledge. It was not something the Lord told me to study or learn about. He just asked me to play His songs~then share them.

“Oh Lord, I’m just an artist, not a real musician. Do You really want me to share Your songs?”

Suddenly I realized I could say, “Yes or no, Lord,” to His beautiful gift.

But then, He had laid down His life for me. He had said to His Father when faced with a humiliating, agonizing death on the cross just to bear all my sins, to be made a curse for me so that I might have eternal life with Him, “Father, not My will but Thy will.”

He knew people would make fun of Him, scorn Him, reject Him, that He would even have to face the cold dark waters of death, the stench of hell where His beloved Father, from whom He had never been separated could not come. He faced all of this to pay the ransom for my soul.

How could I, if I truly loved my Savior, not lay down my life, my will for Him? How could I not share His songs, come what may?

True love lays down its life for Jesus.

I realized then, it’s not about me, or my will, but what God wants to do through me, even if I end up looking like a fool.

Love obeys her Lord and Savior no matter what He asks her to do for Him.

The most amazing thing I’ve learned through this experience is that God would choose an ordinary sinful woman like me, saved only by the almighty grace of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and say, “Here is a gift. All you need to do is receive it by faith.”

Just like the gift of salvation He offers each of us in Christ.

And then it terrified me that He would take that same ordinary Christian woman, and say, “Now use that gift for My glory!”

I’m not perfect, far from it, nor is any of my music.

But God uses imperfect vessels.

God up and turned me into a musician for HIS glory-not mine.

He put in me a gift I knew absolutely NOTHING about.

How I thank the Lord for the way He has used the gift of music to lovingly humble me in all of my other gifts.

“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” Ephesians 3:20-21(The Message Bible)

Most of the music the Lord gives me is inspired by the Bible.

The songs all begin as prayers, and I will praise the Lord forever for giving me this wonderful way to worship Him.

This music is very special for it truly is a gift from God. It never ceases to amaze and humble me how He plays His music through me.

My fervent prayer is that many people  will be  blessed and encouraged by this gift of God’s music. For all of the songs are essentially prayers ascending to heaven in a musical form breathed into life by the God who lives in me.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, may You use this music and story to bless and encourage someone today to step out in faith to trust You and believe that with God all things are truly possible, and that when we walk by faith, we honor and glorify You, even as Abraham did so long ago, who, “staggered not at the promises of God…” Thank You, Lord, In Jesus name, amen.

 

He Staggered Not