“We preach Christ crucified”
1 Corinthians 1:23

The Lord Is My Shepherd

Psalm 23
2007 Samuel House Ministries 

This is a wonderful psalm to sing.  Can you hear my husband beating on his little bongo drums in the background?  Originally, we recorded these songs without any intention of sharing them with anyone; we used a tiny palm-sized cassette tape recorder because I don’t know how to write music and we wanted to try and save them somehow.  There is a moment (right after the word “pastures” where I pause to wipe something off my face (but my husband keeps pounding away).  I always laugh when I hear it.  Also, I consider the part where I slip into falsetto, singing “for His namesake” (and yodel a bit) to be the moment when I feel “the anointing” that thrills me every time I sing it.  Soon after putting these verses to music, I did experience “the valley of the shadow of death.”  I feared no evil, He was with me, and His rod (the Word) and His staff (the Holy Spirit) did indeed comfort me.

The Lord Is My Shepherd

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want
He makes me lie down in green pastures
He leads me beside the still waters
And He restores my soul, He restores my soul

He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name sake, for His name sake
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I fear no evil, for Thou art with me
Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me

You prepare a table before me
In the presence of all of my enemies
You have anointed my head with oil
My cup overflows

Surely goodness and lovingkindness
Shall follow me all the days of my life
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever and ever and ever

Unto This One

From Isaiah 66: 2, 12-13, 14
© 2007 Samuel House Ministries 

This one is a lullaby.  Sometimes I like to imagine crawling into my Abba’s lap, putting my arms around His neck and kissing His cheek (like I used to with my own father).  I think God likes it; I don’t think He considers it irreverent at all.  I think the middle verse should be the last – you choose.

Unto This One

Unto this one I will look
To him who is humble and contrite of heart
And who trembles at My word
Unto this one I will look

Then you will see, your heart will be glad
Your bones will flourish like the new grass
The hand of the Lord will be known unto you
Unto this one I will look

You will be nursed and held in My arms
I will console you, for you are My own
Behold, I will give peace unto you
Unto this one I will look

On Your Walls, O Jerusalem

From Isaiah 62:6-7; 10; 3-5
© 2007 Samuel House Ministries 

Although these verses are speaking about interceding for the earthly Jerusalem, on another level, this song is about interceding for the establishment of the new Jerusalem, the Bride of Christ.  It is about preparing the way for the Bride by “going through the gates, clearing the way for the people, building up the highway and removing the stones” of ignorance, misinformation and misunderstanding so that the Bride of Christ may be “blessed by the God of truth (Isaiah 65:16)” and knowing the truth, be set free.  Jesus said, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:31-32).”

On Your Walls, O Jerusalem

On your walls, O Jerusalem
I have appointed watchmen
All day and all night
They never will keep silent

You who remind the Lord
Take no rest for yourselves
Give Him no rest
Until He establishes Jerusalem

Go through, go through the gates
Clear the way for the people
Build up, build up the highway
Remove the stones

You will also be a crown
Of beauty in the hand of the Lord
And a royal diadem
In the hand of your God

For the Lord delights in you
As a groom rejoices o’re the bride
So your God will rejoice over you
O Jerusalem

Hear Me When I Call

From Psalm 4:1, 3-5, 6-8
© 2007 Samuel House Ministries 

One of the best ways to memorize Scripture is to put it to music.  Someday, these words may be very comforting to you.  Like Paul and Silas, who sang hymns of praise to God in their prison cell after they had been beaten with rods, we too can worship God despite very difficult circumstances.

Hear Me When I Call

Hear me when I call
Oh God of my righteousness
Be gracious unto me
And hear my prayer

For I know that the Lord
Has set me apart for Himself
The Lord hears when I call
The Lord hears when I call

Stand in awe and do not sin
Commune with your heart on your bed
Be still and trust the Lord
Be still and trust the Lord

Oh Lord, lift up the light of
Thy countenance upon us
For You have put gladness in
My heart more than wine

In peace will I lay me down
And sleep, for You alone
Oh Lord, make me to dwell
In perfect safety

I Bless The Most High

From Daniel 4:34-35, 37
© 2007 Samuel House Ministries 

I call this “Nebuchadnezzar’s Song.”  It was born out of a man humbled by God, so that he would have the privilege of knowing the Truth.  I love the sense of awe the king now has for God, instead of the ignorant pride that once filled his soul.

I Bless The Most High

I bless the Most High
I praise and honor Him
Who lives forevermore
Who lives forevermore

His kingdom endures
Everlasting is His throne
From generation
To generation

All those on the earth
Are nothing compared to Him
For the army of God
Always performs His will

Of those on the earth
Who can stay His hand?
Who can say to Him
What have you done?

Those who walk in pride
Who refuse to humble themselves
He will bring to their knees
They will know He is King

I praise and exalt
I honor heaven’s King
For all His ways are truth
And all His ways are just

The Word Of The Lord Came To Zerubbabel

From Zechariah 4:6-10 
© 2007 Samuel House Ministries www.ChristCrucified.info 

Reading this passage in Zechariah one morning, the Holy Spirit immediately shone His “spotlight” on it and made me aware that it was a song for me to write. The words and the tune came to me as if I was taking dictation; it was done in minutes. I like it because it’s got a catchy tune that makes me want to dance, but I love it because it has the heart of God in it. 

The Word Of The Lord Came To Zerubbabel 

The Word of the Lord 
Came to Zerubbabel, saying 
Not by might nor by power 
But by My Spirit says 
The Lord of Hosts 

What are you 
Oh mighty mountain 
You shall become a plain 
Before Zerubbabel 
You will be level ground 

And he shall bring forth 
That blessed holy Cornerstone 
Grace, grace be to it 
With a shout from Zerubbabel 

The Word of the Lord 
Came to Zerubbabel, saying 
The foundation has been laid 
Your hands will finish the work 
Then Zerubbabel, you will know 

The Lord of Hosts has sent me to you 
His eyes roam over the earth 
There will be great rejoicing 
For the work of Zerubbabel 

For who has despised 
The day of small things 
This is the Word of the Lord 
Spoken to Zerubbabel

Let The Name Of God Be Blessed

From Daniel 2:20-23, 28
© 2007 Samuel House Ministries 

My favorite part of this song is, “He knows what is within the darkness, and all the light there is dwells with Him.” When I sing that, my spirit soars with the Truth and I feel that I am touching on something infinitely sacred and beyond comprehension. This song was written during a time of great stress. It is a “walking around Jericho” song, sung to God before the walls came crashing down and victory was manifested.

Let The Name Of God Be Blessed

Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever
For wisdom and power belong to Him, to Him
For He is the One who establishes kings and removes them
For He is the One who changes the times and the seasons

The Lord gives wisdom to the wise
And knowledge to men who understand
He reveals all that is profound
The deep and the secret things

He knows what is within the darkness
And all the light there is dwells with Him
To You, oh God, of my fathers, I give thanks and praise
For you have given me wisdom and power, I will bless Your name

There is a God in heaven
Who reveals mysteries
Let the name of our God be blessed
Forever and ever

My Beloved Is Mine

From the Song of Songs (verse 2:16; 1:2; 1:3; 2:3; 2:4; 5:16; 8:7; 5:16; 2:8; 2:10; 7:10; 8:14; 2:10; 1:4; 8:5; 1:4)
© 2007 Samuel House Ministries 

This is my love song to Jesus.  The words are from the Song of Songs because they so perfectly describe my feelings of devotion to the Lord.  This is a very prophetic song and it has many layers of meaning.  Every time I sing it, the deeper meanings become clearer to me.  My prayer is that, as you grow in the Lord, the meanings of this song will become clearer and clearer to you as well, and that you will sing it to Jesus as your love song too.

My Beloved Is Mine

My Beloved is mine and I am His
His love is sweeter than wine
His Name is like oil, purified
In His shade I sit down and delight

His fruit is so lovely and sweet to my taste
His banner o’er me is love
His mouth is so full of sweetness
He is greatly to be desired

Many waters cannot quench His love
Nor shall the mighty rivers overflow
This is my Beloved and this is my Friend
Oh daughters of Jerusalem

Listen, my Beloved He comes
Climbing the mountains, leaping on the hills
Arise my darling and come away
His desire is for me

Make haste my Beloved, my Beautiful One
Draw me after You, together we shall run
Who is this leaning on her Lord?
Oh draw me after You

The River

A Warning for America
(This vision was received in May 2016)

   I was standing beside a very wide, slow moving river in America.  There were no houses or buildings in sight, just trees alongside the river, which ran through a very flat area.  It was a very sunny, warm day with no clouds in the sky.  As I stood beside the river, I began to notice small American Indian canoes drifting down the river toward me.  This was deeply concerning, for I knew what lay ahead:  an enormous waterfall, only a short distance away.  I began to yell at first, and then began to wave my hands as well, trying to warn the people in the canoes to pull over to the side of the river and get out of the current.  I could tell by the sounds of their voices that they had no sense of what was happening or the danger they were in.  They were laughing and talking like this was just a pleasant summer paddle down the river; they had no idea that within moments they were going to be headed into terrible danger and death.  I began to shout at the top of my lungs, and wave my arms over my head, trying to get their attention and direct them to safety.  This I could not do.  I saw one person look over at me briefly, as if thinking, “What’s her problem?” and then turn to her friend behind her, and laugh.  I increased my efforts to warn them, but none of them seemed to be hearing me or heeding my calls.  They seemed to think this was a pleasant river cruise, just an enjoyable pastime on a lazy, hot summer day.  Then with horror, I saw them getting caught in the pull of the strong current that was leading to the waterfall.  Suddenly, they began to realize what was happening to them, and frantically tried to paddle to the side of the river to break free from its grip, but it was too late.  The river now had its hold on them and there was no escaping it.  With great sadness and sorrow, I watched as they were all swept away around the bend toward the huge waterfall and to their death and doom.

   This vision perfectly describes how I feel everyday as I warn my neighbors, friends and family of what lies ahead in the future concerning the world situation and their spiritual condition.  I know there is a waterfall of doom and judgment ahead.  I know how to escape the world’s treacherous current of sin and I know how easy it is to be spiritually deceived into thinking it is just a “lazy summer day,” and to be lulled into spiritual apathy.  I do not seem to be able to get anyone to heed my warnings or listen to me concerning these things and, with great sadness, I watch them float past me and get caught in the pull of the ever-increasing current that leads to the waterfall.  One by one they all slip by me and I am left alone by the side of the river.  If you are reading this and you can hear what I am saying, turn your canoe to the side right now and head to the river bank.  Believe in the Lord Jesus and His deliverance for you from the power of sin, and His guidance during the difficult days ahead.  This is no lazy, summer day.  You are headed toward the waterfall and spiritual death and judgment.  Why not listen to God calling you before it is too late?

“Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, ‘Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.’”  Hebrews 3:7-8

The Coming Winter

(This vision was received in 2006)

One night as I was praying and seeking the Lord, I was greatly troubled and burdened about the spiritual state of the church.  I was deeply distressed that the body of Christ, which outwardly looked like a beehive of activity, had so precious little of Christ’s life and power.  I asked God how His will and purpose for the church could ever emerge from this dismal situation.  As I entreated the Lord, He then gave me the following vision.

   I saw a large forest with thousands of trees.  Many of the trees in the forest were old oak trees that were at least sixty feet tall.   I saw that many of the branches were intertwined so that a thick canopy of leaves covered the forest.  As I was observing this scene, a gentle wind began to stir all the leaves on the trees.  The Lord said, “The forest is the body of Christ and My Spirit is breathing on the body.  As a result, many in the body are restless and dissatisfied with the condition of their spiritual lives.”  The Lord then said, “It is now autumn, and this present stirring is only the beginning.       All this activity that you see in the body is not the long-awaited outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  For the body of Christ does not yet know that it has died.”

  “First must come the winter,” said the Lord.  As soon as the Lord spoke these somber words, the wind began to quickly increase in force and I saw all the leaves shrivel and die.  A strong gust then blew all the leaves completely off the trees and I saw them scatter in the wind.  Then, just as suddenly, a fierce and bitter cold winter came upon the land and blew through the forest.  Dark gray winter clouds covered the skies as far as           I could see.  I surveyed the forest and saw that the bare trees now looked desolate and vulnerable on the frozen landscape.  Powerful gusts of freezing cold wind blew continuously upon the trees.  The Lord said, “The wisdom and strength of men will fail them in the coming winter and the works of their hands will be destroyed.”  I then saw many tree branches break off in the strong wind and fall to the icy ground.  Even some of the largest trees in the forest were uprooted and toppled.  The harsh winter caused great destruction and seemed to last for a long time.  The Lord said, ‘Many will fall away from the faith during this time.  Only those whose roots are deep in Me will endure the coming winter.”  The Lord then said, “I am sending the winter to prepare the body of Christ so it can receive the outpouring of My Spirit.”  When He said this, I had a strong impression that He was sending the winter because of His great love for His people.

   The winter then came to an end and the forest became still.  I saw a spring rain begin to fall on the earth.  It grew until it was a continuous downpour, which soaked the barren ground under the old trees.  The Lord said, “This is the promised latter rain!”  Then sprouts of new life – new trees – began to rise up everywhere on the forest floor.  I said to myself, “This is how God’s purpose for His body would be fulfilled – from out of the death of our natural strength would spring the resurrection power of Christ’s new life.”    I saw that God would use the coming winter to bring His people into this truth: we have been crucified with Christ and we no longer live, but Christ lives in us; and the life we now live, we live by faith in the Son of God (Galatians 2:20).  Then the Lord said to me, “Record the vision so that those who hear it may run.”

“Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run.    For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and will not fail.  Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay.”  Habakkuk 2:2-3