Monday, February 27, 2017

Chaff by Choice

"The wicked… say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of Thy ways… They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carrieth away" (Job 21:7,14,18).  "In the shadow of Thy wings will I make my refuge… I lie even among them that are set on fire" (Psalm 57:1,4).  "A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished" (Proverbs 27:12).  "He will… gather the wheat into His garner; but the chaff He will burn with fire unquenchable" (Luke 3:17).    

Eternal souls shall make their choice
Regarding Jesus Christ our Savior:    
They either will obey His voice
Or willfully reject His favor. 

How worthy is our Lord of praise
Who satisfies our heart's desire,
But those who will despise His ways
Become like chaff consumed in fire. 

The Lord instructs us by His fear
To put away our evil pride
So that we humbly may draw near
And find in Him a place to hide. 

O Lord, we all would be as chaff,
But for the choice You died to give: 
You gave Yourself on our behalf,
So all who trust in You may live.  

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Thoughts

"Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I make haste" (Job 20:2).  "This I know; for God is for me… for Thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not Thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?" (Psalm 56:9,13).  "Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit" (Proverbs 26:5).  "Behold, this Child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel… that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed" (Luke 2:34,35).  

My thoughts have caused me to make haste
To answer those who want to know
Why all my faith in Christ is placed,
Providing reasons I may show. 

As long as God shall give me breath,
I will proclaim His Gospel's calling
That saves me from the second death
And also keeps my feet from falling. 

A fool may think that he is wise;
The blind may lead the blind astray. 
God's answer opens blinded eyes
And warns the fool to turn today. 

The thoughts of many are revealed,
O Lord, in those who count the cost,
For all who trust in You are healed,
And all who turn away are lost.  

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Reality of my Redeemer

"I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God" (Job 19:25,26).  "As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country" (Proverbs 25:25).  "The Lord God… hath visited and redeemed His people… as He spake by the mouth of His holy prophets… to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace" (Luke 1:68,70,79). 

I know that my Redeemer lives;
He rose just as He said He would.
What confidence to me this gives
To know He made His promise good! 

The good news is the proven fact
Of my Redeemer's visitation. 
The prophets spoke of this great act,
And Christ fulfilled it with salvation.

Praise God for this reality,   
That seems more like a wondrous dream,
For Jesus gave Himself for me
And for all those He would redeem!   

O Lord my God, I'm not a dreamer;    
Reality is found in You!
You came to be my soul's Redeemer. 
You'll come again; I know it's true!  

Friday, February 24, 2017

Driven into Darkness

"He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world… this is the place of him that knoweth not God" (Job 18:18,21).  "Behold, God is mine Helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul" (Psalm 54:4).  "If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death… He that keepeth thy soul, doth not He know it?  And shall not He render to every man according to his works?" (Proverbs 24:11,12).  "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). 

How dreadful the future will be
For all who will not know the Lord
When light from their dwelling shall flee
And darkness shall be their reward!

How great is the grace that is given
To us who are helped by our Savior!   
If not for His love, we'd be driven
In darkness away from His favor. 

Our days on this earth are so few;
Occasions to speak are soon gone. 
Shall not we convey what is true
To those who in darkness are drawn? 

O Lord, we have heard Your command: 
Souls driven in darkness need light! 
We go with Your Gospel in hand
To rescue the lost from their plight!  

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Humanity's Hope

"I cannot find one wise man among you… and where is now my hope?" (Job 17:10,15).  "God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God… there is none that doeth good, no, not one" (Psalm 53:2,3).  "Be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.  For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off" (Proverbs 23:17-18).  "The scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And He was numbered with the transgressors." (Mark 15:28). 

Now where is our hope found today?  
And who has the wisdom to speak
Of truth that is hidden away
Expounded for those who will seek? 

The Lord looked from heaven to earth
To see if just one understood: 
Alas!  We are sinners from birth!  
There's not even one who is good!

That truth may be hard to receive,
But it is essential to hear
To come to the Lord and believe
As He draws our hearts by His fear. 

Humanity's hope has been found,
O Lord, in the sweet expectation
Of Scriptures fulfilled that abound,
Foretelling Your wondrous salvation!