Thursday, April 26, 2018

Catastrophic Curse

"Those which ye let remain of them [the wicked inhabitants appointed for judgment]... shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell" (Numbers 33:55).  "A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.  When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed forever" (Psalm 92:6,7).  "The curse causeless shall not come" (Proverbs 26:2 ).   "Whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire" (Revelation 20:15). 

The day approached by God's decree
For conquering the promised land
And purging its idolatry,
According to the Lord's command. 

The land they entered had been cursed
For all the wickedness therein,
And though God's Spirit warned them first,
They still continued in their sin. 

The causeless curse shall never come,
Since God removes it with salvation,
And by the Gospel there are some
Who wisely flee from condemnation. 

O Lord, the catastrophic curse
By brutish sinners still is scorned,
So help us often to rehearse
Your Gospel, so they may be warned.  

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Faithful vs. False

"Wherefore discourage ye the heart?" (Numbers 32:7).  "A faithful messenger… refresheth the soul… Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain… As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country" (Proverbs 25:13,14,25).  "These are the true sayings of God... I saw heaven opened… and He that… was called Faithful and True… and His name is called The Word of God.  And the armies which were in heaven followed Him" (Revelation 19:9-14). 

Beware of the discouragement
From those pretending to be true,
By promising with false intent
To do what they will never do. 

There is a contrast that is plain
In faithful messengers today,
Unlike the clouds which promise rain
That afterwards just drift away. 

How pure and true the sayings are 
Of God who surely cannot lie,
As good news from a country far
With waters cool that satisfy!

O Lord, we know You're in control;
The false tongue shall not long endure. 
Your faithful words refresh the soul
And furnish well Your messenger.  

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Time to Triumph

"So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom… and let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us" (Psalm 90:12,17).  "Through wisdom is an house built; and by understanding it is established… by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war… Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:  so shall thy poverty come as one that traveleth; and thy want as an armed man" (Proverbs 24:3,6,33,34). 

Our days on earth are very few;
There is no time for us to waste.
Let us be wise in all we do,
Obeying God's command with haste. 

This is a time for faithful duty,
To build and battle for the Lord,
As God bestows on us His beauty,
That Jesus Christ may be adored. 

A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands,
Shall waste our days, so few in number,
As we are slack with His commands. 

O Lord, for such a time as this,
That we may triumph by Your power,
So teach us that we may not miss
Your purpose for us every hour. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Lord vs. Liars

"A man… shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth" (Numbers 30:2).  "My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of My lips… I will not lie unto David" (Psalm 89:34,35).  "There is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off" (Proverbs 23:18).  "These [kings]… give their power and strength unto the beast.  These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for He is Lord of lords, and King of kings" (Revelation 17:13,14).

The word of man is often broken,
And promises are thereby altered,
But God fulfills what He has spoken;
His faithfulness has never faltered. 

Be sure of this:  God cannot lie.  
His Word foretells the end expected.
There is a day when mockers die
And meet the God whom they rejected. 

As Revelation now records,
We have a glimpse of future things:
When Christ returns as Lord of lords,
He'll reign on earth as King of kings.

O Lord, let liars be exposed 
To manifest that You are true,
That eyes may open that are closed
And hearts may turn to trust in You. 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Wiser Kin of Wicked Korah

"The company of Korah… strove against the LORD:  and the earth… swallowed them up… Notwithstanding the children of Korah died not" (Numbers 26:9-11).  [Title] A Song or Psalm for the sons of Korah… "O LORD God of my salvation… lover and friend hast Thou put far from me" (Psalm 88:1,18).  "A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished" (Proverbs 22:3).  "I heard a great voice… Pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth" (Revelation 16:1).

The company of Korah died
Who chose to strive against the Lord,
But Korah's children turned aside
Before God's wrath was then outpoured.

The kin of Korah made a choice
To hide themselves from condemnation,
Responding to Jehovah's voice
To flee from wrath and find salvation. 

A prudent man foresees God's wrath
And parts from lover and from friend
Who choose instead destruction's path
And thus are punished in the end. 

In view, Lord, of these wiser kin
Who fled from wicked Korah's place,
We plead with souls to flee from sin
And find their refuge in Your grace.