Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Demons Dispelled

"Thou shalt drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots, and though they be strong" (Joshua 17:18).  "The rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous" (Psalm 125:3).  "The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil" (Proverbs 19:23).  "Then they… came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind" (Luke 8:35). 

When Joshua dispelled all doubt
Regarding foes within the land,
He said that they would drive them out
Because it was the Lord's command. 

Though Satan's hordes are surely strong,
They are no match for Christ our God. 
The Devil taunts us all day long,
But God dispels his wicked rod. 

It's wise to fear the Lord alone,
Who died and rose on our behalf.   
The demons tremble, having known
That they shall be dispelled as chaff. 

How gladly, Lord, we have beheld 
That joyful man before you seated
From whom the demons were dispelled,
For thus we see ourselves completed!  

Monday, June 18, 2018

Timely Tower

"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 124:2-8 ).  "Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom… The name of the LORD is a Strong Tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe" (Proverbs 18:1,10).  "God hath visited His people" (Luke 7:16). 

If God had not been on our side
To pull us from the raging flood,
We would have perished in that tide
Apart from Christ's redemptive blood. 

We are escaped, as if a bird
Which was ensnared, has been set free,
Since, just in time, God sent His Word
And gently said, "Come unto Me."

His Word then caused a separation
To seek Him in that fearful hour. 
He offered to us His salvation,
And we escaped into His Tower! 

That Timely Tower, Lord, was You;
For, just in time, to You we came,
Or rather, just in time, You drew
Our hearts trust Your mighty name.  

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Trying our Treasure

"The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts… Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?" (Proverbs 17:3,16).  "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.  And why call ye Me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:45,46). 

The furnace will refine the gold, 
And by its flame the dross departs.
So likewise does the Lord behold
And try the treasure of our hearts. 

The Lord reproves the vain request
For wisdom that is not sincere. 
His eyes behold and surely test
The treasure that the heart holds dear. 

God sees the treasure in the heart
That He refines and  will commend. 
He warns the sinner to depart  
From wrath approaching in the end.  

O Lord, examine us within
And purge from us the sinful dross  
Of insincerity and sin
That hide the treasure of Your cross! 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Caleb's Crown

"Caleb… said unto him [Joshua]… behold, the LORD hath kept me alive, as He said… I am this day fourscore and five years old... as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.  Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake" (Joshua 14:6-12).  "The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness… and he that ruleth his spirit [is better] than he that taketh a city" (Proverbs 16:31,32). 

When Caleb spoke of strength for war,
He knew the Lord kept him alive.   
He saw God's faithfulness before  
And trusted Him at eighty-five. 

No wonder Caleb could be bold! 
How faithful God had been to him! 
Though he was eighty-five years old,
His strength from God had not grown dim. 

With confidence, He'd take the mountain
That God had promised long ago. 
He drew his strength as from a fountain
Of ceaseless blessings that would flow.  

As we consider Caleb's crown,
O Lord, we see the strength You give
That even old age cannot drown
In those who for Your glory live.   

Friday, June 15, 2018

Reaching the Remaining

"Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the LORD said unto him… There remaineth yet very much land to be possessed" (Joshua 13:1).  "The Spirit of the Lord… hath anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor… 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, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord… I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent" (Luke 4:18,19,43).

When Joshua was very old,
It wasn't yet a time to rest,
For by the Lord he then was told
That much remained to be possessed. 

Thus may our vision be enlarged
To reach remaining souls today,
Fulfilling all that God has charged,
And doing so without delay.

Our Savior's ministry increased
To heal broken hearts He'd find,
To free the captives He released,
And offer sight to those once blind.

Lord, teach us also to be gaining
Much fruit wherever we are sent,
As we are reaching those remaining
Who yet will hear You and repent.