The Queens of Stirling Castle

The Stirling Castle flowers speak
To those who stop their feet and mind walking
And declares in honesty the verity of the corporeal soul
Among the insects who fill the air.

The Queens of the Castle though colourful, beautifully crafted, fresh, scented, celebrated and majestic
Will enjoy a short reign
Before they fade in the summer Sun
But the shortness of their reign
Does not traduce their glory and usefulness.

But the invisible soul smells the new life won
Sees the hope in the beauty
Hears the sound of the Chief musician
Feels the joy of the Producer.

And has Royal ascent to lounge and play
For the dancing Composer calls the tune
Tends His garden
Protects His field
Provides for His guardians.

When these Queens pass,
Next season, new proclaimers will be appointed,
And continue to personify the beauty of Him.

Queens of Stirling Castle

Note : I took this photo at Stirling Castle. They are local wildflowers. The flower shows us how that human kind, though rebellious, still has a glory. But also, to the believer in Christ, exhibits truths of His Kingdom…if you can see it.

 

“Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He comes forth like a flower and fades away; He flees like a shadow and does not continue.”
‭‭Job‬ ‭14:1-2‬ ‭

“My beloved spoke, and said to me: “Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away. For lo, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; The time of singing has come, And the voice of the turtledove Is heard in our land.”
‭‭Song of Solomon‬ ‭2:10-12‬ ‭

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭12:27-28‬

You’re not !

If you think you’re not enough
And of sub standard stuff
To be in the Christian club
You’re not !.

If you say that you’re not clean
And say that you’re not seen
And no different from a machine
You’re not !.

If you feel that no one cares
You’re playing musical chairs
Unworthy of Heaven’s share
You’re not.

When voices scream you’re done
And the treachery weighs a ton
And you are the lie that’s spun
You’re not !.

It seems that God’s not there
It seems that God’s not fair
Your placed where there’s no prayer
You’re not !.

It’s all about who you are
And Him who drives the car
Think you’re defined by your scars ?.
You’re not !.

Four strings and the Truth

People ask me why do I
Like to play the Uke
I just think to my self
“Four strings and the truth”,

1st string is the note of “A”
Second string is “E”
“C” if you know what I mean
The fourth string is a “G”.

Chorus 1
Four strings and the truth
Known only by few
Make a joyful noise
Is why I play the Uke.

Might look like a little flea
But that don’t matter much
When singing about my Jesus Christ
And how He lost His blood

It’s not the instrument you play
Uke or big guitar
The thing matters most to him
Is playing from the heart.

Chorus 2
Four strings and the truth
Are you one of the few ?
Make a joyful noise
Is why I play the Uke.

 

Words & music by Peter Hall. Scot Free music. February 2016

…a play on the phrase that country music is “3 chords and the truth”.

Are you one the few ?.

The Voice

Sun shines on my back,
Blue skies on the track,
One step at a time,
Never a crime,

Rain falls on my head,
Not what the weather girl said,
And then turns into snow,
Which way to go.

Chorus

I have the Voice within
That ends what It begins
I know that I will make it through,

“Let’s go to the other side”
Says the Voice that keeps an eye
Cos the skies are turning blue.
The Voice says I will make it through.

 

Sometimes life goes wrong,
And so you lose your song,
Grey skies seems to say,
“This is how you’ll stay”,

But then the Voice speaks loud,
Blues skies break the clouds,
Sets free the ball and chain,
Here I go again.

 

Words & music by Peter Hall. Copyright Scot Free Music 2016

This song is really about the Voice of the Holy Spirit in times of uncertainty. Jesus said in Mark 4:38 “let us go to the other side”. I think this is a profound statement because it is a clear statement of intention by Jesus. If He has birthed us and is the “finisher”, no storm, black clouds, or fierce winds will hinder His finishing work in us !. This is reassuring, and we must constantly reassure ourself with this thought. I am proud of the line: “The Voice that keeps an eye”…juxtaposing the Voice with His guiding eye as per Psalm 32:8.

You can download the lyrics and ukulele chords (and chord charts)  here.

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Heaven and Earth

Love
Came down through
Blood
The way renewed
Now
Heaven is here,

God
Comes like a
Flood
Coming to
Us
Object of love,

Chorus
Only one God
Came from Heaven
Turning curses
Into blessings
What other God sacrifices self ?,
For the objects
Of Affection
Gaining Spirit
And connection
For Heaven and earth now are one.

He
Lived among
Men
New things were
Said
Heaven is here,

Life
Shown in the
One
Not seen be-
Fore
Proven by blood.

Words & Music by Peter Hall. Copyright Sot Free Music 2016

Christ; who is a self sacrificing God, has bought Heaven, or His Kingdom into our lives. Heaven is now within. This is radical, like nothing anywhere else. When Jesus came and declared the Kingdom, it was new, life changing and powerful.

“with respect to an administration of the completion of the epochs of time to bring back again to their original state all things in the Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth, in Him”. Ephesians 1:10 (Wuest version)

 

 

You can read or download the lyrics and ukulele chords (and chord charts) here.

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Inconvenient detours

God’s ways can seem twisted and winding
The right path seems short of the finding
The most convenient thing to do
But there’s a truth known by the few.

That evil tidings in the world abounds
Seeking to steal your victors crown
Unsuitable detours trod by the waiter
Are really God’s plan for something greater !.

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Saul was the son of striving (1 Samuel 9:1 “son of Aphiah”). He had to find his fathers donkeys and after many travels and detours, he met Samuel who was to anoint him King. God found the donkeys for Saul in the end (grace is not striving but letting Him do the work).  The unsuitable, awkward and inconvenient detours made him see Samuel. Inconvenient detours may be in God’s plan for something greater. Later, the best part of the sacrifice was saved for Saul; it was set apart for him: 1 Samuel 9:24. Saul, through the inconvenient, came into God will and plan.

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Grace comes

Verse 1

Grace comes.
To the believer
And to
Those whose receive it
For all
Sinners and sleepers,

 

Verse 2

Love comes
Into weakness
Healing
All inner secrets
From loss
Into completeness
Dark can’t stand light.

Chorus 1

Freely given
Freely offered
Freely taken
Is His best option
Freedom given
To those who see it
Like breathing air.

 

Verse 3

So says
The Great Keeper
And the
Great Deliverer
You can
Now discover
The power of the light.

Chorus 2

Darkness cannot
Overcome
His light
which over runs
See the Greater
See the Person
Just look for Love
Just look for Love.

Words & Music copyright by Peter Hall. Scot Free Music. 27.1.2016

You listen to or download the song here. (Ukulele and vocals. 2.09 mins. 2.0 mb)

You can read or download words with ukulele chords here.

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I love You

I love You
Jesus
I love You
Jesus
I want to sing You
A beautiful love song
Flowing from a heart that longs to worship,

I long for You
Spirit
I long for You
Spirit
For You have made me
Who I am today
So I ask Your Spirit
To move and have Your way,

In me
In me.

Words and music copyright by Peter Hall 1995. Scotfree music.

Recorded with my then 14 year old daughter. One take, one microphone, one guitar, Same God !. I am very proud of “Daddy’s girl”.

 

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Feeling home

Feeling home
A place that’s spiritual
Behind the veil
Infects the natural
A place to belong
A place to sing a song
Where I can be myself,

That’s my home
A place that’s spiritual
Put up my sail
The wind is powerful
Where the weak is strong
And the boat floats along
A safe Harbour to stay,

Where I am free to make mistakes
And bring freedom of fear,
And the transfer of His love takes place
With the transfer my of cares,
And the safety of the Father’s arms
Comforts mind and soul
Assurance to the anxious heart
From the God who has control.

So there’s my home
A place internal
Where I am known
A place that’s powerful
Where my life makes sense
Free from worthless trends
That fades over wasted time

Where I can know what is real
And meaning is defined
By the God of Truth who sets me free
To what is good and kind
And a Kingdom that is spiritual
Is reality
Infects that which is natural
And brings vitality…

Words & music copyright by Peter Hall. Scot Free music. January 2016.

You can listen to, or download the song here. 2.13 mins. 2 mb

Download the lyrics with ukulele chords here. 168kb

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Bored

People walking down town on Life Street
With apple earphones in their ears,
Blocking out the noise of the traffic
Contemplating dealing with their fears,
They look for bling while window shopping
To brighten up the mask they made themselves
Trying to fill empty lives with something
But there’s nothing on the shelves.

How long before they will realize
That road has nothing in their stores,
Nothing that will give the satisfaction
To take away the reason they’re bored,
The things that they thought would be so exciting
Has made them see that they have learnt,
The only thing Life street has to offer
Was the law of diminishing returns.

But they just keep on window shopping
Even though they know it is absurd,
Because that’s the way the ants keep on creeping
And they want to keep up with the herd,
So they learn to enjoy the numbing boredom
Because they know nothing else,
While hoping something just appears
Around the corner on the next shelf.

But there will always be another fashion
That will tickle boredom’s itch,
And give them strength to keep on walking
While keeping fashion houses rich,
But changing wives and cars and horses
Or wishing they were thin or tall,
Will just defer the problem
That they are just plain bored.

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