Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Light the Lamps

"Cause the lamps to burn continually" (Leviticus 24:2).  "Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto Thee.  For Thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not Thou deliver my feet from falling... before God in the light of the living?" (Psalm 56:12,13).  "A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, He directeth his way" (Proverbs 21:29).  "God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble... Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up" (James 4:6-10). 

As tabernacle lamps would burn
With oil that should not run out,
So by God's Spirit we should learn
To shine as lamps dispelling doubt. 

The vows of Jesus Christ our Savior
That promise His sufficiency
Should be reflected in behavior
That shines His light continually.  

The lost, who in the darkness stumble,
Resist the Lord with hardened face,
But God has promised to the humble
That He will lift them up with grace. 

Lord, since You're calling us to live
As lamps that will reflect Your light,
We pray for grace that You will give
As we are humbled in Your sight.  

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Where is Wisdom?

"As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me... Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and He shall sustain thee" (Psalm 55:16,22).  "Most men will proclaim everyone his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?... Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?" (Proverbs 20:24).  "The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy" (James 3:17). 

There is a place to find at last
The wisdom God extends to all,
A place where burdens may be cast
As on the Lord our God we call. 

With good and evil redefined,
And wrong construed today as right,
The blind are leading forth the blind,
Who scorn the truth and hate the light. 

Though many claim that they are wise,
Which they profess to all who ask,
The Lord sees through their thin disguise;
His counsel still removes their mask. 

O Lord, Your wisdom from above
Still strips away hypocrisy, 
Yet in the Gospel of Your love,
We find the truth that makes us free.  

Monday, March 19, 2018

Frail Friends

"Offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving unto the LORD... that brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD" (Leviticus 22:29-33).  "Behold, God is mine Helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul" (Psalm 54:4).  "Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end" (Proverbs 19:20).  "Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the friend of God" (James 2:23). 

The Lord befriended Israel's ranks
When they were frail, helpless slaves
That they might offer Him their thanks
And show how graciously He saves. 

The same may likewise now be said 
Of every sinner who depends 
On Christ, who suffered our stead
And died to rescue frail friends.

It is not wise to think we're strong,
As if we do not need the Savior. 
The latter end shall prove those wrong
Who will not seek His saving favor. 

O Lord, we are like Abraham,
So frail when he became so old,
Yet trusting in the great I Am,
As friends of God, You make us bold! 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Separated for Seeking

"God looked down... to see if there were any...  that did seek God... no, not one... they have not called upon God" (Psalm 53:2-4).  "Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh... with all wisdom... A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself... The ear of the wise seeketh knowledge" (Proverbs 18:1,2,15).  "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (James 1:17). 

When God looked down upon us all,
He saw humanity undone.
Not one upon the Lord would call
Or even seek Him, no not one. 

If God had not pursued us first,
We never would have sought His face 
Or even cared that we were cursed,
In desperate need of saving grace. 

We are surrounded still today
With those indifferent to salvation,
Yet through desire, some will pray
And seek the Lord through separation. 

O Lord, how gracious is Your gift
Of Your salvation from above
That separates each one You lift
To seek Your face and trust Your love.  

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Continually Content

"The goodness of God endureth continually... I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever" (Psalm 52:1,8).  "A Friend loveth at all times, and a Brother is born for adversity" (Proverbs 17:17).  "Be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee... Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever... By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name " (Hebrews 13:5,8,15).  

Though evil yet extends its range
Beyond the bounds we ever knew, 
Our God is good and does not change,
Continually remaining true. 

Though friends depart in stormy weather,
We have a Friend on heaven's throne,
And He has said that He will never
Forsake or leave our souls alone. 

From everlasting Jesus came
To bear adversity for us;
Our Lord was born to bear our shame
That we might always in Him trust. 

Lord, even in the struggles sent,
Continually, You give us reason
To offer praise and rest content
In every circumstance and season.