Sunday, December 04, 2016

Hearts in His House

"As the trumpeters and singers were as one… in praising and thanking the LORD… then the house was filled with a cloud... for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God" (2 Chronicles 5:13,14).  "I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD" (Psalm 122:1).  "Keep thy heart with all diligence" (Proverbs 4:23).  "Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you…. Purify your hearts, ye double minded…  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord" (James 4:8,10).    

When trumpeters and singers skilled
Were praising God with hearts as one,  
The glory of the Lord then filled
His house raised up by Solomon. 

There is a gladness we enjoy
When hearts unite around our Savior
With hymns of praise that we employ
To thank Him for His gracious favor. 

No wonder, then, we're told to guard
Our hearts with careful diligence,
To keep our hearts from growing hard
Through sinful pride and impudence. 

Our hearts inside Your house, O Lord,
Are drawn to You with pure delight
When You are gratefully adored
And we are humble in Your sight.  

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Abundantly Above

"Moreover he made an altar of brass… Thus Solomon made all these vessels in great abundance: for the weight of the brass could not be found out" (2 Chronicles 4:1,18).  "I will lift up mine eyes… My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth" (Psalm 121:1,2).  "The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens" (Proverbs 3:19).  "The wisdom that is from above is… pure, then peaceable, gentle… full of mercy" (James 3:17). 

The brazen altar that was made
With all its vessels round about,
Could not be quantified when weighed;
The weight of brass was not found out. 

Above our feeble comprehension,
God weighed salvation's awful price. 
He knew the cost of our redemption,
The fullness of the Sacrifice. 

Our help has come from heaven's throne
Through Christ, the Lord of all creation!
All He endured cannot be known
Upon the cross for our salvation.   

O Lord, abundantly above
What we could weigh or contemplate,
Your wisdom, mercy, and Your love
For sinners is exceeding great! 

Friday, December 02, 2016

Fraudulent Faith

"I cried unto the LORD… Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue" (Psalm 120:1,2).  "My son… receive My words… and apply thine heart… that thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous" (Proverbs 2:1,2,20).  "What doth it profit… though a man say he hath faith, and have not works?...  Seest thou how faith wrought with [Abraham's] works?… And it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the friend of God" (James 2:14,21-23). 

There is a faith God will regard
In hearts that truly will repent, 
But faith in hearts remaining hard
Is seen by God as fraudulent. 

True faith will find an application
That is expressed in how we walk.
God's workmanship in our salvation
Produces more than empty talk.

This saving faith was manifested
In Abraham's obedience
Which he displayed when he was tested
When faith was seen with evidence. 

Receive our thanks, O Lord our God,
For faith that saves us as Your friend,
Instead of faith that is a fraud,
Which profits no one in the end.  

Thursday, December 01, 2016

God's Good Gifts

"Because the LORD hath loved His people, He hath made thee king over them" (2 Chronicles 2:11).  "I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Thy servant; for I do not forget Thy commandments" (Psalm 119:176).  "Whoso hearkeneth unto Me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil" (Proverbs 1:33).  "God… giveth to all men liberally… 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 1:5,17). 

Because the Lord has loved His own,
He gave His Son to be our King. 
How gracious is this Gift alone,
Outshining every other thing! 

Because the Lord has loved His sheep,
Yes, even when they go astray,
By His correction He will keep
And lead them back into His way. 

Because the Lord has loved the lost,
He died so they might safely dwell
In heaven, having paid the cost
To save us from the lowest hell. 

Among Your good gifts, full of favor,  
O God, which come down from above,  
The greatest Gift is Christ our Savior,
Who gave Himself in matchless love.  

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Just Jesus!

"Ask what I shall give thee" (2 Chronicles 1:7).  "I rejoice at Thy Word, as one that findeth great spoil" (Psalm 119:162).  "Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended?  Who hath gathered the wind in His fists?  Who hath bound the waters in a garment?  Who hath established all the ends of the earth?... Every Word of God is pure: He is a Shield unto them that put their trust in Him" (Proverbs 30:4,5).  "Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our Faith… consider Him that endured" (Hebrews 12:2,3). 

The question God asked Solomon
Is put to each of us today. 
We have it all in God the Son: 
"Just Jesus" we need only say! 

Rejoice, as one who finds great spoil,
In Jesus, the Incarnate Word,
Who on His cross with anguished toil
For our salvation has endured!

Rejoice in Jesus, our Creator,
Who holds the wind within His fists.
He's Lord of all; there is none greater. 
By Him the universe exists! 

"Just Jesus" is our declaration!   
You're all we'll ever need, O Lord.
You are the Author of salvation
And Finisher of faith's reward.