Friday, May 25, 2018

Christ Concealed

"Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law" (Psalm 119:18).  "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter" (Proverbs 25:2).  "And they crucified Him, and parted His garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet… And about the ninth hour Jesus cried… My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?... Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost" (Matthew 27:35,46,50).

Though Jesus Christ had been revealed
By all the prophets and the law,
The glory of our God concealed
The Christ whom sinners plainly saw. 

The Christ was hidden in plain sight
(Except to those who searched Him out)
When, on the cross, He fought our fight
Until His great triumphant shout. 

These deeds and words were all in view
Which David clearly had foretold
When moved to write Psalm twenty-two
About the Christ they would behold. 

O Christ, enlighten now my mind
With truth concealed from the lost
To show the wondrous things I find   
Revealing Your salvation's cost!  

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Rescued and Restored

"With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from Thy commandments" (Psalm 119:10).  "A just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again" (Proverbs 24:16).  "He [Jesus] saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with Me one hour?  Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak… And Peter remembered the word of Jesus… And he went out, and wept bitterly" (Matthew 26:40,41,75). 

Why couldn't you watch for an hour
And pray lest you enter temptation?
The Lord would restore you with power
And rescue you with His salvation. 

In view of what Jesus has done,
Why wouldn't you seek the Lord's face
And pray till the battle was won
For strength He imparts by His grace? 

Now rise up, though you have been weak,
As Christ is extending His hand
To rescue all those who will seek
His cleansing and power to stand.

What wonderful love is this, Lord,
That rescues with grace You impart?
How graciously we are restored
To seek You with all of our heart!  

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Hearing vs. Hardened

"Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your heart" (Psalm 95:7,8).  "My son, give Me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe My ways" (Proverbs 23:26).  "In My favor have I had mercy on thee" (Isaiah 60:10).  "The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7).

Today the Lord still gives the choice 
To either hear Him or be hardened. 
All those who yet will hear His voice
And trust in Jesus shall be pardoned. 

We're called to give to God our hearts
With eyes that will observe His ways.
Behold the grace that He imparts!
Observe the favor He displays! 

The Lord will guard the hearts and minds
Of all who humbly seek His favor.
The peace of God a sinner finds
Is found by trusting Christ our Savior. 

O Lord, Your grace and truth are clear
To those who hear Your voice today. 
Let hardened hearts be moved with fear
To seek Your favor while they may!  

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Subdued by the Savior

"The LORD is my Defense; and my God is the Rock of my refuge" (Psalm 94:22).  "A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished" (Proverbs 22:3).  "When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him" (Isaiah 59:19).  "We look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ:  who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself" (Philippians 3:20,21). 

The Lord our God is our Defense,
Our Rock, our Refuge where we hide,
Who gives to us such confidence
Because for us the Savior died.

God's Word enables us to see
The coming wrath that is ahead.
The prudent one to Christ shall flee;
The fool just passes on instead. 

The enemy comes like a flood;
God's Spirit stands against his harm
To lift the standard of Christ's blood;
For His redeemed, there's no alarm! 

We look for You, our coming Savior,
Lord Jesus Christ, with gratitude,
For You shall fashion us with favor
When all things are by You subdued.  

Monday, May 21, 2018

Triumphant Truth

"The floods have lifted up their voice... The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea" (Psalm 93:3,4).  "There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD... Safety is of the LORD" (Proverbs 21:30,31).  "Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show My people their transgression" (Isaiah 58:1).  "Shine as lights in the world, holding forth the Word of life" (Philippians 2:15,16). 

The floods have lifted up their voice
To drown the truth by their seduction,
Persuading souls to make their choice
To go their way to their destruction. 

There is a voice victorious
Much stronger than the mighty waves;
The Gospel truth is glorious
Proclaiming boldly, "Jesus saves!"

We lift our voice as trumpets do
To show the lost the consequence
Of still refusing what is true,
Rejecting Christ and His defense. 

Though floods lift up their voice of strife,
O Lord, with their defiant stance,
We're holding forth Your Word of life;  
Triumphant truth shall still advance!