Thursday, December 14, 2017

No Nobler Name

"Let all those that put their trust in Thee rejoice… let them also that love Thy name be joyful in Thee" (Psalm 5:11).  "His children shall have a place of refuge" (Proverbs 14:26).  "The LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon His name" (Malachi 3:16).  "Jesus said… I am the Resurrection, and the Life:  he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die" (John 11:25,26). 

Let all who put their trust in Christ
Rejoice in Him who bore their shame, 
Who for our sake was sacrificed
To grant us refuge in His name. 

We join the fellowship of those
Who love the name of Christ our Savior,
Recalling that He died and rose
To save us by His gracious favor. 

In Christ we find our confidence;
His name declares His reputation. 
No other stood in our defense;
In Him alone we have salvation. 

O Lord, no nobler name is found
Triumphant for us in the strife
Than Yours (we love to hear its sound!):
"The Resurrection and the Life"!  


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Fuller Favor

"Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased" (Psalm 4:7).  "Good understanding giveth favor: but the way of transgressors is hard" (Proverbs 13:15).  "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.  I am the good Shepherd: the good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep… and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand" (John 10:10,11,28). 

In contrast to the treasures stored
In every vault upon the earth,
There's fuller favor in our Lord,
With greater gladness, richer worth!  

Much greater goodness, fuller favor,
And truer treasure we have found
In Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior,
With endless blessings that abound. 

The thief comes not but for to steal: 
Be not deceived by his seduction! 
The ransom Jesus paid is real
That rescued us from our destruction! 

This fuller favor from Your hand,
O Lord, which You so freely give,
Cost more that we can understand:   
You gave Your life, that we might live!   

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Blind vs. Blessed

"Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God... But Thou, O LORD, art a Shield for me; my Glory, and the Lifter up of mine head… Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: Thy blessing is upon Thy people" (Psalm 3:2,3,8).  "The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise" (Proverbs 12:15).  "The night cometh, when no man can work… One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see… Jesus said… I am come into this world, that they which see not, might see" (John 9:4,25,39). 

Though there are many who will say
There is no help in God to find,
The Lord describes them in this way: 
They are the blind who lead the blind. 

The Lord has shown us His salvation: 
He is the Lifter of our head,
Though many mock His invitation
And blindly choose His wrath instead.   

The fool imagines he is right
And spurns the offer to repent,
But soon the day gives way to night
When opportunities are spent. 

O Lord, we once were blind as well,
But You have blessed us by Your grace
With eyes to see, Good News to tell,
And help for all who seek Your face!  

Monday, December 11, 2017

Warned to be Wise

"The kings of the earth set themselves… against the LORD… Be wise now therefore… Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and ye perish from the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little.  Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him" (Psalm 2:2,10,12).  "Behold, the day of the LORD cometh… and the LORD shall be King over all the earth" (Zechariah 14:1,9).  "I am from above… If ye believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins… Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I Am" (John 8:23,24,58). 

The kings of earth oppose the Lord,
Yet all their rage shall be in vain. 
The wrath of God shall be outpoured
On all who shall resist His reign. 

The mightiest kingdoms are but dust;
With just a word, they'll be undone. 
Be wise, therefore, and put your trust
In Christ our Savior, God the Son. 

Behold, that day is drawing near
When Christ shall reign in all the earth. 
Yet now He speaks, and all who hear,
Receiving Christ, shall have new birth. 

Lord, You have warned us to be wise
And trust You as our spotless Lamb. 
Now gratefully we  lift our eyes
To worship You, the great I AM.   

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Well of Waters

"Blessed is the man… [whose] delight is in the law of the LORD… In His law doth he meditate… and he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water" (Psalm 1:1-3).  "The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life" (Proverbs 10:11).  "There shall be a fountain opened… for sin and for uncleanness" (Zechariah 13:1).  "Jesus stood and cried… If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink.  He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.  But this spake He of the Spirit" (John 7:37-39). 

The land is dry wherein we dwell,
Yet we may bring our sons and daughters
To Christ who leads us to His well
That overflows with living waters. 

His Word in which we meditate
Shall give us words that satisfy
The need for wisdom that is great
To show why Jesus came to die. 

Upon the cross on Calvary's mountain,
Our Savior gave Himself to be
For us a sanctifying Fountain
That cleanses from iniquity. 

Lord, thank You for Your invitation
To guilty sinners who were cursed. 
Your well of waters in salvation
Completely satisfy our thirst.  

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Perceiving His Piercing

"Praise ye the LORD… Praise Him for His mighty acts: praise Him according to His excellent greatness" (Psalm 150:1,2).  "Go in the way of understanding… The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding" (Proverbs 9:10).  "They shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him" (Zechariah 12:10).  "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God.  Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto Me" (John 6:45). 

As we perceive what God has done,
Beholding the historic facts,
We're led to worship God the Son
And praise Him for His mighty acts. 

As we perceive the excellence
Of Jesus Christ, the great I AM,
We ponder His omnipotence
And yet His meekness as the Lamb. 

We see the piercing of our Lord,
As Zechariah had foretold,
As God's own Spirit is outpoured
To show us Christ, whom we behold.  

Lord, by Your Word, we are perceiving
Your piercing by that Roman spear. 
Your remnant, too, shall see it, grieving,
When, by Your Spirit, they draw near.