Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Overruling Comfort in the Overwhelming Conflict


"Ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive" (Genesis 50:20).  "When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then Thou knewest my path... there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.  I cried unto Thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my Refuge and my Portion in the land of the living" (Psalm 142:3-5).  "God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us" (2 Corinthians 7:6).

There is no comfort that is greater
Than trusting God the way we should.
He is our Savior and Creator 
Who purposes all things for good. 

When circumstances overwhelm
And rob our heart of perfect peace,
Our Savior still is at the helm,
And at His Word, the storm will cease.  

The Lord commands the crashing waves
As winds still heed Him and obey. 
There's no one else like Christ who saves
The souls who trust in Him today. 

Your overruling comfort, Lord,
When overwhelming conflict rages,
By Your own voice has been restored,
Which we have heard from Scripture's pages.  


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Grasp the Grace


"I have waited for Thy salvation, O LORD" (Genesis 49:18).  "But mine eyes are unto thee, O GOD the Lord: in Thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute" (Psalm 141:8).  "By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil" (Proverbs 16:6 ).  "We then, as workers together with Him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain...  Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:1,2). 

The Lord's salvation has been proved;
In Christ alone our souls can rest. 
By grace our sins have been removed
As far as east is from the west. 

Iniquity is thereby purged
From all who grasp His saving grace,
And by His fear our hearts are urged
To turn from sin and seek His face. 

The time has come to now receive
The grace that makes salvation plain
And manifests what we believe
By bearing fruit that will remain. 

O Lord, this grace we grasp is great
That does not leave us destitute. 
There is no time to hesitate;
Now is the day for bearing fruit! 


Monday, January 15, 2018

Answer of Ambassadors


"Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?... The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things" (Proverbs 15:11,28).  "Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men... Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God" (2 Corinthians 5:11,20). 

The answer of ambassadors
Who speak for Christ must never waver,
Though every mocker still ignores
Their urgent need of heaven's favor.

There is a heaven and a hell,
No matter what the fool may say. 
Ambassadors must study well
And speak persuasively today. 

We know the terror of the Lord
That calls us to persuade the lost
To find God's refuge and reward
In Christ who paid redemption's cost.

Lord, grant us boldness in our speech
To offer reconciliation
As Your ambassadors who preach
The answer of Your great salvation.   


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Day by Day


"Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been... and the time drew nigh that Israel must die" (Genesis 47:9,29).  "O LORD, Thou hast searched me, and known me... How precious also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God!... When I awake, I am still with Thee" (Psalm 139:1,17,18).  "For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day" (2 Corinthians 4:16). 

If life exceeds one hundred years, 
Our days on earth still seem so few
As our eternal home appears
When endless ages are in view. 

We ought to view, therefore, our days
As precious gifts that God will give,
Inviting Him to search our ways
And teach us daily how to live. 

Each day He's there when we awake
To share His thoughts with us again. 
How precious is this time we take
To hear His Word and praise Him then.

Lord, day by day we learn to cherish
Your morning mercies ever new,
Assured that, though our bodies perish,
We'll soon be face to face with You.  


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Glory to Glory


"God spake unto Israel... And He said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation.  I will go down with thee... and I will also surely bring thee up again" (Genesis 46:2-4).  "Though I walk in the midst of trouble, Thou wilt revive me... The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me" (Psalm 138:7,8).  "We all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory" (2 Corinthians 3:18). 

The Lord would make Jacob a nation;
He told him that he should not fear,
And so, upon this declaration,
The purpose of God was made clear. 

The Lord knows His purpose for us
Though we may not see it through pain,
Yet knowing He's faithful, we trust
He's working all things for our gain. 

The Lord is perfecting His plans
To change us from glory to glory,
For we are the work of His hands,
And He knows the end of our story.

O Lord, we give thanks for Your grace
That daily in us is perfected. 
From glory to glory we trace
The image of Christ thus reflected.