Saturday, September 23, 2017

Contrast of His Comfort

"The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity... In the multitude of my thoughts within me Thy comforts delight my soul" (Psalm 94:11,19).  "My son, give Me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe My ways" (Proverbs 23:26).  "Teach My people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean" (Ezekiel 44:23).  "Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.  And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God" (Revelation 19:9). 

The thoughts of man are surely known
By God who calls them vanity. 
The comforts of the Lord have shown
His refuge from insanity. 

"Give Me thine heart," He says to me,
"And let thine eyes observe My ways." 
His truth has thereby made me free
To give my heart to Him with praise. 

The contrast now is very plain
Between the unclean and the clean,
Between the holy and profane,
Between the troubled and serene.

The contrast of Your comfort, Lord,
Is shown in those who shall attend  
The marriage feast that You afford
And those excluded in the end.  

Friday, September 22, 2017

Victorious Voice

"The floods have lifted up their voice… The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters... Thy testimonies are very sure" (Psalm 93:3-5).  "Have not I written to thee excellent things… that I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth?" (Proverbs 22:20,21).  "His voice was like a noise of many waters… speaking unto me" (Ezekiel 43:2,6).   "I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins" (Revelation 18:4).    

The floods lift up their voice again:
In proud rebellion, they rejoice. 
It is noise of mortal men,
But we have heard our Savior's voice. 

Above the noise of restless waves, 
There is a voice of certainty:   
It is the voice of Christ who saves;
His truth alone has made us free.   

His voice like many waters speaks,
As every other voice is drowned. 
Yet to the one who humbly seeks,
He promises He will be found. 

O Lord, Your voice victorious
Has called Your people to come out. 
The joyful sound is glorious
That leads with Your triumphant shout!  

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Good Thing to Give Thanks

"It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD… A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this" (Psalm 92:1,6).  "The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD… He turneth it whithersoever He will…  A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, He directeth his way" (Proverbs 21:1,29).  "These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for He is Lord of lords, and King of kings… God hath put in their hearts to fulfill His will… until the words of God shall be fulfilled" (Revelation 17:14,17). 

It is a good thing to give thanks
To God who gave us life and breath,
But hardened hearts will join the ranks
Of the unthankful till their death. 

The hearts of kings are in the hand
Of God, who shall restrain their wrath,
But those who seek Him understand
That God, with grace, directs their path. 

When thankless nations shall make war
At last against the coming Lamb,
They'll fall, as was foretold before,
Because He is the great I AM. 

It is a good thing, after all,
To leave the ranks of those yet hardened,
To seek You, Lord, and on You call,
And give You thanks with those You've pardoned!  

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Man and Mediator

"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty… under His wings" (Psalm 91:1,4).  "Mercy and truth preserve the King" (Proverbs 20:28).  "The inner temple… was made with cherubim… every cherub had two faces; so that the face of a man was toward the palm tree on the one side, and the face of a young lion toward the palm tree on the other side… through all the house" (Ezekiel 41:15-19).  " Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are Thy judgments" (Revelation 16:7). 

The secret place of our salvation
Beneath the wings of Jesus Christ
Removes the threat of condemnation
Because our Lord was sacrificed. 

As we behold this secret place,
We see God's shining face of love,
And yet there is a second face
Demanding judgment from above. 

His mercy and His truth are seen
In faces of the cherubim: 
A Man, a Lion, and between
A palm tree; these all speak of Him. 

O Lord, the Lion in Your plan
Portrays Your judgment as Creator,
Yet You endured it as a Man
To be our saving Mediator!   

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Looking Early at the Latter End

"So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom… O satisfy us early with Thy mercy… and let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish Thou the work of our hands upon us" (Psalm 90:12,14,17).  "Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end" (Proverbs 19:20).  "Behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, and set thine heart upon all that I shall shew thee" (Ezekiel 40:4).  "O Lord… all nations shall come and worship before Thee" (Revelation 15:4). 

The reason that we need to number
Our fleeting days the Lord shall give
Is so they won't be lost in slumber
Or slothfulness in how we live. 

It's good to know the latter end 
Through God's prophetic counsel heard
On which we surely can depend,
For God shall yet fulfill His Word. 

The Word of God shall make us wise
If we attentively will hear
The truth that Scripture prophesies 
As Christ's return is drawing near. 

We're looking early as we view
The latter end of Your salvation
When every knee shall bow to You,
O Lord, in every tribe and nation.  

Monday, September 18, 2017

Mandate of Judgment and Mercy of Jesus

"Justice and judgment are the habitation of Thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before Thy face.  Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound… In Thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in Thy righteousness shall they be exalted" (Psalm 89:14-16).  "The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe" (Proverbs 18:10).  "I saw another angel… having the everlasting Gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people " (Revelation 14:6). 

The justice of God's holy throne,
Where judgment's standard has been set,
Was satisfied by Christ alone
Where heaven's truth and mercy met. 

How blest are they who know the sound
Of joy that celebrates salvation
In Jesus Christ that we have found,
Which we declare to every nation!   

The name of Christ is our strong tower
Where judgment has been satisfied.  
We've fled to Him for saving power,
Who loved us first and for us died. 

The mandate of Your judgment's wrath,
Lord Jesus, sent You to the cross
Where truth and mercy forged the path
Whereby You purged our sins as dross.  

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Advocate for Adversity

"My soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave… Lover and friend hast Thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness" (Psalm 88:3,18).  "A Friend loveth at all times, and a Brother is born for adversity" (Proverbs 17:17).  "It shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD… I will plead against him" (Ezekiel 38:18,22,23).  "They worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast?  Who is able to make war with him?" (Revelation 13:4). 

Our life is drawing near the grave,
Despite the sweetest sympathy  
Of mortal friends who cannot save
Our bodies from mortality. 

But Christ became our mortal Friend
To save our souls from condemnation,
That by His death He might defend
And rescue us with His salvation. 

The day will come when Israel
Shall be attacked by foes indeed,
But Christ shall stand up then as well
Against her enemies to plead. 

O Lord, our Advocate at last,
When You shall make all wars to cease
And all adversity has passed,
You are the Friend who gives us peace.