Sunday, August 28, 2016

Access to the Almighty

"What can David say more unto Thee?... There is none like Thee, neither is there any God beside Thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears" (2 Samuel 7:20-22).  "He is thy Lord; and worship thou Him" (Psalm 45:11).  "They that seek the LORD understand all things" (Proverbs 28:5).  "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God" (Romans 5:1,2). 

What more could David say to God
In view of what the Lord made known?
Should men like us who are so flawed
Have access to His hallowed throne?

Come worship Him and seek the face
Of Christ our Lord, the King of kings,
Who gives us access to His grace
To make us understand all things. 

We understand each molecule
(With all its subatomic parts)  
Is subject to our Savior's rule,
Who is enthroned in humble hearts. 

Almighty God, what can we say
As we, by grace, such access claim?  
Receive our joyful thanks today
As we draw near to praise Your name.  

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Glory to God

"In God we boast all the day long, and praise Thy name forever" (Psalm 44:8).  "Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth... A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished" (Proverbs 27:1,12).  "Giving glory to God… we believe on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification" (Romans 4:20,24,25). 

We boast in our God all day long,
And not in our feeble endeavor. 
Let this be our unending song:   
To God be the glory forever!

We boast not ourselves of tomorrow,
But glory in what God has planned,
Who gives us each breath that we borrow,
And holds all our times in His hand. 

How graciously God will provide
The safety of His Hiding Place
In Christ, who for sinners has died  
To ransom our souls by His grace! 

To You be all glory, O God,
Who authored our justification! 
We worship with all who applaud
And praise You for so great salvation. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Justified in Jesus

"O send out Thy light and thy truth: let them lead me… unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy" (Psalm 43:3,4).  "The curse causeless shall not come" (Proverbs 26:2).  "All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God hath set forth to be a Propitiation through faith in His blood… To declare… at this time His righteousness: that He might be Just, and the Justifier of him which believeth in Jesus" (Romans 3:23-26). 

The light and the truth of our Lord
Have led to the altar of God. 
The judgment of God by His sword
Was satisfied there by His rod. 

It is to the cross we are led  
Where holy demands of God's laws
Were borne by our Lord in our stead
To render our curse without cause!    

Praise God for His justification
That sinners may freely receive
Through Jesus who purchased salvation
For all who in Him will believe! 

Lord Jesus, it was Your desire  
That caused You to die in our place     
To be Just, and yet Justifier
Of those justified by Your grace!  

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Soul's Satisfaction

"My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God… Why art thou cast down, O my soul?  And why art thou disquieted in me?  Hope thou in God… the LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life" (Psalm 42:2,5,8).  "A faithful messenger… refresheth the soul… As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country" (Proverbs 25:25).  "The goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance" (Romans 2:4).

The thirst of our soul is demanding
Refreshment that God alone gives.
When this is our clear understanding,
We go to our Savior who lives. 

In times when our soul is cast down
And water is nowhere in sight,
Though pastures once green have turned brown,
The Lord gives His song in the night. 

Let this bring refreshment of soul
And rid us of every distraction: 
Our Lord bids us drink to the full
And find in Him deep satisfaction. 

Our soul's satisfaction restored
With thirst-quenching waters now sent
Is found in Your goodness, O Lord,
That saves all of those who repent. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Faithful Favor

"By this I know that Thou favorest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me.  And as for me, Thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before Thy face forever" (Psalm 41:11,12).  "Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place: for a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again" (Proverbs 24:15,16).  "I am ready to preach the Gospel… For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation" (Romans 1:15,16).

There is no triumph for our foes,
Though Satan's hosts are great in number. 
The reason (God Almighty knows)
Is that our Savior does not slumber. 

The Lord upholds us with His arm
In every circumstance and place.
He shelters us from every harm
And counsels us before His face. 

We stumble, yet we rise again
Because our Savior lifts us up. 
Why should we fear or falter when
His faithful favor fills our cup?

O Lord, how faithful is Your favor,
Which in Your Gospel is proclaimed!  
O grant us ready, bold behavior
To preach Your Gospel unashamed.