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
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
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