Thursday, October 20, 2016

Helper of the Helpless

"The LORD saw the affliction of Israel, that it was very bitter: for there was not… any helper for Israel" (2 Kings 14:26).  "The LORD hath made known His salvation… He hath remembered His mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel:  all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God" (Psalm 98:2,3).  "Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?" (Proverbs 20:9).  "He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6). 

The Lord has seen the great affliction
Of those who helplessly have cried
Beneath the load of deep conviction
Of sin which cannot be denied. 

Our sin had caused a separation
Which we were helpless to prevent,
But God our Helper brought salvation
For humble sinners who repent.   

The distance is removed between
The Lord and sinners who are led
To find the grace that makes us clean
By precious blood which Christ has shed.

O Helper of the helpless soul,
Apart from You, Lord, there is none
Who saves with grace so wonderful  
And finishes Your work begun.  

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Covenant of Compassion

"The LORD was gracious unto them, and had compassion on them, and had respect unto them, because of His covenant" (2 Kings 13:23).  "Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness " (Psalm 97:12).  "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).  "Stand therefore, having… feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace " (Ephesians 6:14,15).

Give thanks to God for His compassion
As we remember He is holy. 
It was His love that made Him fashion
A covenant to save the lowly. 

The righteousness that God has given
By covenant is through His grace,
For otherwise we would be driven
From God without a hiding place.

It was for this our Savior died
And fought for us the deadly strife,
So judgment could be satisfied
That we might have eternal life. 

O Lord, this covenant You planned
And carried out at such a cost
By Your compassion makes us stand
To bring Your Gospel to the lost. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Workers vs. Wasters

"The carpenters and builders that wrought upon the house of the LORD… dealt faithfully" (2 Kings 12:15,16).  "Show forth His salvation from day to day" (Psalm 96:2).  "He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster" (Proverbs 18:9).  "Wherefore He saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.  See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil" (Ephesians 5:14-16). 

The workmen who were tasked to build
The house of God in disrepair  
Dealt faithfully and so fulfilled
Their work with diligence and care. 

There is an urgent work to do:
To preach the Gospel while we may. 
The time is late, the workers few;
We dare not waste a single day.

The Lord has told us to awake
And He will give to us His light. 
To waste the day is a mistake,
For work is halted in the night. 

O Lord, You've given us Your Word
That we may show Your great salvation. 
We would not waste what we have heard,
But do Your work with dedication.  

Monday, October 17, 2016

His Oath and His Own

"Jehoiada (יְהוֹיָדָע, Jehovah-known) made a covenant… that they should be the LORD'S people" (2 Kings 11:17).  "Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your heart, as... a people that do err in their heart… unto whom I sware in My wrath that they should not enter into My rest” (Psalm 95:7-11).  "The LORD trieth the hearts" (Proverbs 17:3).  "If so be that ye have heard Him, and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus… ye are sealed unto the day of redemption" (Ephesians 4:21,30).   

Jehovah-Jesus knows His own. 
His oath has surely been revealed. 
To His redeemed, He has made known
That they are by His Spirit sealed. 

The oath of God denies His pardon
To those who have refused His favor,
For hearts still have the choice to harden
And turn away from Christ our Savior. 

All those who choose to hear His voice
And trust Him are forever blest,
But those who turn away by choice
Shall know that they refused His rest.

O Lord, we've heard Your declaration. 
Your oath defines the great division: 
Your own, by choice, receive salvation;
The lost do not, by their decision.  

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Thirst for His Thoughts

"The thoughts of man… are vanity… In the multitude of my thoughts within me Thy comforts delight my soul" (Psalm 94:11,19).  "The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD… Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established" (Proverbs 16:1,3).  "For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father… that He would grant you… to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God" (Ephesians 3:14-19). 

The thoughts of man are vanity,
And foolishly they are inclined
To fall for the insanity
Of blindly following the blind. 

The thoughts of God are wonderful
Provided in His precious Word
With comforts that delight the soul
Through promises that we have heard. 

The preparations of the heart,
With thoughts that dwell on things above,
Our Lord and Savior will impart
That we may comprehend His love. 

Lord, thank You for Your thoughts so great
That satisfy our deepest thirst
As we are called to contemplate
Your wondrous love that loved us first!