by Jenise Cook
Darkness, a dark silence Inks my eyes as I awake Before dawn’s light And then you assault me in my bed (Sleep paralysis binding me) With lies that fill my thoughts Oh, deceiver False light of day. You ravage me In my morning weakness Accuser of the brethren Freezing me cold with fell fears The Father has forsaken me Leaving me lost, abandoned Alone with rivers of black thoughts Flowing with lies down into my soul. Ruler of this world Your powerful words Scream for attention To weaken my resolve Or so you wish Tempter, son of perdition As I lie in my bed With dawn’s light Now competing with The dark, the darkness In my room and in my soul. And yet I fight, I stand. Like a trapped lamb Bleating for its shepherd As the fierce lion creeps closer I cry out I say The Name “Lord Jesus Christ Son of God Have Mercy!” Fallen star, you fade away Frightened at the sound of My Shepherd’s name. Once frozen in fear My body, my mind defrost In the warmth of eternal love As Abba’s forever Cherished child. “Stand firm, child.” I fall upon His word I fill my thoughts With His truth I am adored, I am redeemed More precious than all fine jewels He rejoices over me with singing He delights in my presence His pierced hands embrace my soul His Spirit empowers me With His truth. As the sun’s dawn light Bursts forth through the window Glowing bright in my room The Son’s true light Shines beams of His truth in my heart Shattering the dark thoughts You, oh enemy, left behind. His peace Flows like a gentle stream Of living water Refreshing my mind Redeeming my thoughts As I worship Him In morning’s light Putting on the full armor of God Preparing for the day For the assaults You’ll aim at me, still Oh Tempter, Thief, oh Wicked One. And yet I fight, I stand. Armed with Abba’s armor His salvation, His righteousness His truth, His peace As this is my fate A soldier in His kingdom Standing firm daily Like a granite statue Never yielding To your wiles Oh father of lies Until the day My Shepherd My Redeemer My Abba Leads me into His glorious home Singing over me with joy.
Jenise Cook lives with her husband in the north-central highlands of Arizona where it snows. Jenise enjoys visitors to @jenisecook on Twitter, and at JeniseCook.com where you can find a list of her published works.