Zeal For His House

""And Jesus entered the temple of God and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, 'It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer'; but you make it a den of robbers.'"1

Jealous Zeal

My heart's a moral marketplace,
Where loyalties are bought and sold:
I purchased death and squandered grace,
When love of God and man grew cold.

But You returned in jealous zeal:
With corded whip of Your mercy,
You drove out all that cheat and steal;
Forgiving all, you reclaimed me.

Thirty pieces of careless fun;
I know I had forsaken You.
You embrace your disloyal son,
Permitting me to start anew.

You claim the desecrated heart;
You cleanse its wounds and purge its vice.
What sin and death have torn apart,
You've restored in Your Sacrifice.

Reclaim me, Lord, with jealous zeal.
I am in straits; hear my appeal!

(c) Paul Buis, 2000

1. Matthew 21:12-31