Friday, November 17, 2017

Children's Choices

"Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in His ways… thou shalt see thy children's children" (Psalm 128:1,6).  "Children's children are the crown of old men" (Proverbs 17:6).  "The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him" (Nahum 1:7).  "Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have… Where is your faith?" (Luke 8:10,18). 

We ought to make it very clear
To children, and their children too,
That they should walk in godly fear
And wisely choose what they pursue. 

We choose God's pleasure or His frown
By choices that we daily make. 
May children's children choose the crown
Of living life for Jesus' sake!  

Let children's children now take heed,
For God extends to them His treasure. 
Let fathers with their children plead
That they may live to give God pleasure.

O Lord, behold our children's choices
When faith is placed in fleeting things,
That they may turn from other voices
To choose the truth Your counsel brings. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Sin Problem Solved Perfectly

"Except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.  It is vain for you to… sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so He giveth His beloved sleep" (Psalm 127:2).  "By mercy and truth iniquity is purged" (Proverbs 16:6).  "Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me… Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity?... He will subdue our iniquities; and Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea" (Micah 7:7,18,19).  "Who is this that forgiveth sins also?" (Luke 7:49).    

It's vain for us to sit up late
In restless worry, losing sleep, 
When we are called to trust and wait
On Christ, the Shepherd of His sheep.

Our greatest problem, after all,
A battle we could never win,
Was our undoing at the fall,
But grace and truth has purged our sin. 

The Lord subdued iniquity
By laying down His life for us. 
Our sins are cast into the sea;
Is not our Savior marvelous? 

The problem of our sin, O Lord,
Was solved so perfectly by You!
You paid what we could not afford:  
Your blood has purged our sins from view.    

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Hearing with Humility

"Turn again our captivity, O LORD… They that sow in tears shall reap in joy" (Psalm 126:4,5).  "The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honor is humility" (Proverbs 15:33).  "He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" (Micah 6:8).  "And why call ye Me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46). 

We ought to fear captivity
That brings reproach to Jesus' name. 
Let tears of true humility
Unshackle us from sin and shame.

We need to live with godly fear
That liberates us from seduction
To walk with God who draws us near
That we might follow His instruction.

It's not the tears of mere emotion,
But humble hearts we need instead
That follow Christ with true devotion
And do the things that He has said. 

Lord, give us hearing ears today
With true humility of heart
To hear and DO the things You say
As from our evil we depart. 


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Power to Pardon

"As the mountains.. so the LORD is round about His people from henceforth even forever" (Psalm 125:2).  "In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and His children shall have a place of refuge" (Proverbs 14:26).  "They shall smite the Judge of Israel with a rod… whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting… and this Man shall be the Peace" (Micah 5:1,2,5).  "Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk?... The Son of Man hath power upon earth to forgive sins" (Luke 5:23,24). 

As mountains with their lofty rim  
Surround the people that they shield,
The Lord protects those trusting Him
With grace and truth in Christ revealed.    

We have a refuge we behold
In Christ who died in our defense,
Whose goings forth have been of old;
We have no other confidence. 

Our Lord was smitten with the rod
Of judgment, so to purchase peace. 
To Christ our Savior and our God
Be glory that shall never cease!

O Lord, how costly was this power
To pardon sinners by Your grace! 
How much You suffered in that hour
To make Yourself our Hiding Place!  

Monday, November 13, 2017

Rescued and Ransomed

"If it had not been the LORD who was on our side… Then the waters had overwhelmed us... Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare… Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth" (Psalm 124:2,4,7,8).  "The ransom of a man's life are his riches… to depart from the snares of death" (Proverbs 13:8,14).  "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me… to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised" (Luke 4:18). 

If not for Christ Jesus our Savior,
There would have been no one to care. 
Condemned by our sinful behavior,
We'd have no escape from its snare. 

But God looked upon us with love
And came to our rescue through Christ. 
Descending from heaven above,
Our Savior was then sacrificed. 

How great was the price then required
To rescue and ransom the lost! 
How greatly our Savior desired
To save us at even this cost! 

Lord, thank You for all You have done
To rescue us, setting us free,   
To ransom our souls, every one,
To cure us, and cause us to see.  

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Content amid Contempt

"Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters… so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God… Our soul is exceedingly filled… with the contempt of the proud" (Psalm 123:2,4).  "Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counselors of peace is joy" (Proverbs 12:20).  "I am full of power by the Spirit of the LORD… to declare… to Israel his sin" (Micah 3:8).   "John answered… He  will…gather the wheat into His garner; but the chaff He will burn with fire unquenchable" (Luke 3:16,17). 

Amid contempt on every side
We are content to lift our eyes
Above the scorning and the pride
Of those professing they are wise. 

Deceit is in the heart of those
Who follow their imagination,
Who spurn the truth that they oppose,
And thus refuse the Lord's salvation. 

The Lord has given us His Spirit
To give us power to declare
His truth to ears that yet will hear it,  
So sinners wisely may beware. 

We are content amid contempt,
For You have saved us, Lord, by grace
And made us from Your wrath exempt
When You became our Hiding Place.