April 21st, 2011 by David Harwood


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Matthew 11:19 “The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

Verse 1

A friend is hard to come by,

Proverbs 20:6 Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find?

2 Timothy 4:10a for Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica

who shares desire,

Luke 15:6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’

2 Samuel 23:15-17 David had a craving and said, “Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem which is by the gate!”  16 So the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines, and drew water from the well of Bethlehem which was by the gate, and took it and brought it to David. Nevertheless he would not drink it, but poured it out to the LORD;  17 and he said, “Be it far from me, O LORD, that I should do this. Shall I drink the blood of the men who went in jeopardy of their lives?” Therefore he would not drink it. These things the three mighty men did.

2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you;  2 and that we will be rescued from perverse and evil men; for not all have faith.

knows the heart

Deuteronomy 13:6b … your friend who is as your own soul …

1 Samuel 18:1 Now it came about when he had finished speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as himself.

Who wants his friend to triumph

1 Chronicles 12:18 Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, who was the chief of the thirty, and he said, “We are yours, O David, And with you, O son of Jesse! Peace, peace to you, And peace to him who helps you; Indeed, your God helps you!” Then David received them and made them captains of the band.

Psalm 122:8 For the sake of my brothers and my friends, I will now say, “May peace be within you.”

Luke 12:4 “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do.

John 3:29 The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete.

Luke 14:10b ‘Friend, move up higher’; then you will have honor in the sight of all who are at the table with you.

A friend who stands beside you,

Psalm 55:13 But it is you, a man my equal, My companion and my familiar friend;

Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

who understands, will empathize and comfort in the sorrow –

Job 19:21“Pity me, pity me, O you my friends, For the hand of God has struck me.

John 11:33-35 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled,  34 and said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.”  35 Jesus wept.

and Lord, You are…

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus [the Messiah] is the same yesterday and today and forever.

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You are a Friend of Sinners,

Matthew 9:10 Then it happened that as Jesus was reclining at the table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were dining with Jesus and His disciples.

Revelation 3:20 ’Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.

You are a friend to me

1 Samuel 20:17 Jonathan made David vow again because of his love for him, because he loved him as he loved his own life.

You are the Friend of Sinners,

Luke 15:2 Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”

John 3:17-18 ”For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.  18 “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

You are my Friend

Matthew 11:19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, [the Messiah] died for us.

Bridge 1

I guess I’ll always qualify as long as I’m alive

1 Timothy 1:15 It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that [the Messiah] Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.

Philippians 3:12-14 Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by [the Messiah] Jesus.  13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,  14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in [the Messiah] Jesus.

As long as I am in this life I’ll know, I’ll know that You are….

Romans 8:31-32 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?  32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?

Verse 2

A friend dares to be honest.

Proverbs 27:9 Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.

1 John 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.  9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.

He tells the truth despite the pain

Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

Zechariah 13:6 And if one asks him, ‘What are these wounds on your back?’ he will say, ‘The wounds I received in the house of my friends.’

John 8:40 ”But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do.

He presses through rejection

Proverbs 18:24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Isaiah 53:3-4 He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.  4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.

Acts 9:4c ”Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”

A friend loves to be open, reveals his heart, explains his mind

Psalm 25:14 The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him, And He will make them know His covenant.

Exodus 33:11 Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses turned again into the camp, his assistant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.

John 15:15 “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.

He’s there when help is needed –

John 11:11 After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.”

1 Peter 4:9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.

1 John 3:17-18 But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?  18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.

James 2:15-16 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food,  16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?

and Lord, You are…

Chorus … Bridge 2…

How much more, since I’m justified will You still be my Friend?

Romans 5:9-10 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.  10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

John 16:27 for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from the Father.

And though I know I let You down I’ll still, rely, for You are…

Luke 18:13 ”But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’

Romans 8:1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in [the Messiah] Jesus.

Verse 3

Alive and blazing glory

Revelation 1:14-16 14 His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire.  15 His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters.  16 In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength.

Acts 9:3-5,17 As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him;  4 and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”  5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, …So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”

who can express Your holiness?

Isaiah 6:5 Then I said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”

It beggars all description

2 Corinthians 12:3-4 And I know how such a man– whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows–  4 was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak.

And when I fall before You,

Revelation 1:17a When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man.

“Get up”, You say, “don’t be afraid,

Revelation 1:17b-18 17b … And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last,  18 and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.

“Remember what I am. Oh yes, I am”

Galatians 2:20c…the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

Chorus 2

I am the Friend of sinners, I’ll always be your Friend

Matthew 28:19-20 ”Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,  20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Hebrews 13:5b-6 for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,”  6 so that we confidently say, “THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?”

I am the Friend of sinners, I’m still Your friend

3 John 1:15 Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends by name.

Bridge 3

How much more, since You’re glorified will You still be my Friend?

Hebrews 7:25 Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

And though my motives I decry

Matthew 6:24 ”No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

James 3:14-16 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth.  15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic.  16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.

Philippians 1:15-17 Some, to be sure, are preaching [the Messiah] even from envy and strife, but some also from good will;  16 the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel;  17 the former proclaim [the Messiah] out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my imprisonment.

I still rely, for You are

John 6:67-69 So Jesus said to the twelve, “You do not want to go away also, do you?”  68 Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.  69 “We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.”

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus [the Messiah] is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Romans 4:5 But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness,

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You are the King of Glory

Psalm 24:7-10 Lift up your heads, O gates, And be lifted up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in!  8 Who is the King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle.  9 Lift up your heads, O gates, And lift them up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in!  10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah.

Transcendent and almighty

Psalm 99:1-3 The LORD reigns, let the peoples tremble; He is enthroned above the cherubim, let the earth shake!  2 The LORD is great in Zion, And He is exalted above all the peoples.  3 Let them praise Your great and awesome name; Holy is He.

Enthroned above the angels

Isaiah 37:16 ”O LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, who is enthroned above the cherubim, You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.

Revelation 4:4-8 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads.  5 Out from the throne come flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God;  6 and before the throne there was something like a sea of glass, like crystal; and in the center and around the throne, four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind.  7 The first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face like that of a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle.  8 And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME.”

They trembling bow before You

Job 26:11 ”The pillars of heaven tremble And are amazed at His rebuke.

Isaiah 13:13 Therefore I will make the heavens tremble, And the earth will be shaken from its place At the fury of the LORD of hosts In the day of His burning anger.

Joel 3:16 The LORD roars from Zion And utters His voice from Jerusalem, And the heavens and the earth tremble. But the LORD is a refuge for His people And a stronghold to the sons of Israel.

Philippians 2:9-11 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,  10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus [the Messiah] is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

(You’re holy, holy, holy)

Revelation 4:8 And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME.”

Isaiah 6:1b-4 … I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple.  2 Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.  3 And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.”  4 And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke.

Matthew 11:19 “The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

 

David Harwood is a prophetic teacher and worship leader, and author of the book God’s True Love.

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