Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Victorious Vision

"Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God… all my springs are in thee" (Psalm 87:3,7).  "Where there is no vision, the people perish… every man's judgment cometh from the LORD" (Proverbs 29:18,26).  "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work… in the grave, whither thou goest" (Ecclesiastes 9:10).  "The night cometh, when no man can work… And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not, might see" (John 9:4,39). 

The Lord has drawn aside the veil
Of things above so glorious
That make the things on earth to pale;
The contrast is victorious!

Without such vision, people perish,
And we forget that God now ponders
The useless things we tend to cherish
That entertain an eye that wanders. 

Let's use the mind our Maker gave  
With hands to work with all our might! 
There is no work within the grave,
When daylight shall give way to night. 

Lord, lead us with victorious vision
To show the reason that You came:   
Salvation waits for the decision
Of those who call upon Your name.  

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Mercy and Might

"Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon Thee… I will walk in Thy truth" (Psalm 86:5,11). "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy" (Proverbs 28:13).  "Jesus said… Go, and sin no more.  Then spake Jesus… I am the Light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life… If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed" (John 8:11,12,36). 

The Lord is good and He forgives
The sinners who upon Him call. 
As our High Priest, He ever lives
To lift and lead us when we fall. 

Though we may be inclined to cover
Our sins with labels like "mistaken",
When we confess them, we discover
His mercy when they are forsaken. 

The Lord said "Go and sin no more"
To that poor woman caught in sin. 
Her freedom (never known before)  
To walk in truth would then begin. 

In darkness, Lord, You are the light
With truth that makes us free indeed.
We're saved by mercy and by might
To gladly follow where You lead. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Ready for Revival

"Wilt Thou not revive us again: that Thy people may rejoice in Thee?... Surely His salvation is nigh them that fear Him" (Psalm 85:6,9).  "Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth" (Proverbs 27:1).  "It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart" (Ecclesiastes 7:2).  "Your time is always ready… If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink... This spake He of the Spirit" (John 7:6,37,39). 

The Lord is ready to revive
The people who will seek His face. 
Christ died, He rose, and is alive
To readily impart this grace. 

Since God is not procrastinating,
The question therefore to us speaks: 
What is the reason we are waiting
For this revival that God seeks?

Procrastination says "Tomorrow!" 
But this is not what God commands,  
For God foresees the time of sorrow
When death shall interrupt our plans. 

O Lord, we're ready for revival,
As we are by Your Spirit stirred.
Before another day's arrival,
Revive us to obey Your Word!    

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Higher Hunger

"My heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God" (Psalm 84:2).  "All the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled… Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire" (Ecclesiastes 6:7,9).  "Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you… And Jesus said unto them, I am the Bread of Life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst" (John 6:27,35). 

Our heart has a hunger that's higher
Than all that our labor can fill.
The wandering of our desire
Shall leave us unsatisfied still. 

Our temporal needs we supply
Through wages of daily endeavor,
But none of these things satisfy
That ransom that saves us forever. 

Our hunger and thirst for God's love
Could only be met by our Savior,
Who came down from heaven above
To meet us with His saving favor. 

Lord, whether we're older or younger,
The need of our soul is the same:   
The yearning of our higher hunger
Is met as we trust in Your name.  

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Search and be Saved

"It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter… so is good news from a far country" (Proverbs 25:2,25).   "Wilt thou be made whole?... Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My Word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life… Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me" (John 5:6,24,39). 

It is God's glory to conceal
The truth He calls us to search out. 
To those who search, He will reveal
His Gospel that removes all doubt. 

The Lord resists the prideful soul,
But to the humble heart He speaks
And asks him, "Wilt thou be made whole?"
To grant the healing that he seeks.

The Good News of so great salvation,
Which is concealed, shall be found
In Scriptures through their revelation
Where prophecies of Christ abound.  

O Lord, we see the time is short
To search the Scriptures, and be saved. 
So help us faithfully report
The truth which humble souls have craved.