Friday, January 20, 2017

Wrought as Written

"The street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times" (Daniel 9:25).  "The wall was finished… and all… perceived that this work was wrought of our God" (Nehemiah 6:15,16).  "The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple… enlightening the eyes" (Psalm 19:7,8).  "He cast out the spirits with His word and healed all that were sick: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses" (Matthew 8:2,3,17). 

The wall was finished and would stand,  
As Daniel clearly had foretold,
And all perceived it was God's hand
That wrought this work they could behold. 

The testimony of the Lord
Will make the simple to be wise,
When prophecies have been explored
Enlightening the seeker's eyes. 

Isaiah's prophecy was written,
Announcing healing deep within,
And to this end our Lord was smitten,
For He Himself has borne our sin. 

O Lord, the work You wrought for us
Was written in the prophet's scroll. 
We find it more than marvelous
That You would die to save our soul!   

Thursday, January 19, 2017

So shall I be Saved

"I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved" (Psalm 18:3).  "Hear counsel… that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end… the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand… The fear of the Lord tendeth to life" (Proverbs 19:20-23).   "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it" (Matthew 7:13,14). 

I know the God who answers prayer;
I've studied how He has behaved. 
I called on Him, and He was there
To answer me when I was saved. 

God's counsel found in prophecy
Provides a record very plain
Displaying His integrity;
My trust in Him is not in vain.  

The counsel of the Lord shall stand;
And so shall I on Him I depend. 
No foe can pluck me from His hand;
I know He's faithful to the end. 

The way to hell is surely broad,
Destroying sinners so mistaken,
Yet so shall I be saved, O God,
For none who trust You are forsaken.  

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Faithful Fighter

"Our God shall fight for us" (Nehemiah 4:20).  "Show Thy marvelous lovingkindness, O Thou that savest by Thy right hand them which put their trust in Thee from those that rise up against them.  Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of Thy wings" (Psalm 17:7,8).  "The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe" (Proverbs 18:10).  "Deliver us from evil: for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen" (Matthew 6:13). 

The Lord our God shall fight for us,
As faithfully as in the past
When He emerged victorious
Upon the cross for us at last. 

The Lord of lords, the King of kings,
Who rose triumphant from the grave,
Now shelters us beneath His wings,
Assuring us He lives to save. 

His name is like a mighty tower
Wherein we run with confidence
Because He saved us by His power,
And He is still our strong Defense.  

O Lord of love, our truest Friend,
Our Hero who from heaven came,
Our faithful Fighter to the end,
We love You and exalt Your name!  

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Labor for the Lord

"The Tekoites repaired [the wall]; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord" (Nehemiah 3:5).  "I have set the LORD always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.  Therefore my heart is glad" (Psalm 16:8,9).  "The LORD trieth the hearts" (Proverbs 17:3).  "Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven… Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 5:12,16).

The laborers upon the wall
Had worked with gladness in their heart,
But this was not true of them all,
For nobles did not do their part. 

Let not the attitude of some
Distract us from our Lord's command. 
Let Christ before us daily come
With gladness strengthening our hand. 

The Lord can see our motivation;
He tries the heart and knows the ways
Of those rejoicing in salvation
With grateful hearts that give Him praise. 

O Lord, we labor to proclaim  
The grace that brought You from above,
So we may glorify Your name
And shine the light of heaven's love.  

Monday, January 16, 2017

Qualified for the Quest

"The king said unto me [Nehemiah], For what dost thou make request?  So I prayed to the God of heaven" (Nehemiah 2:4).  "LORD, who shall abide in Thy tabernacle?... He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart" (Psalm 15:1,2).  "A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps" (Proverbs 16:9).  "Jesus…  saith unto them, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.  And they straightway left their nets, and followed Him" (Matthew 4:18-20). 

The Lord beholds the man of prayer,
As Nehemiah, quick to ask. 
We see a trait embodied there 
That qualified him for the task. 

The Lord commands us to abide
Within His path of righteousness. 
By this we shall be qualified
As laborers whom He will bless. 

The heart of godly men may plan,
Yet look to God for His direction. 
This qualifies the faithful man
Who gladly welcomes His correction.   

O Lord, the path is now in view
That qualifies us for the quest: 
Forsaking all, we follow You,
And You will surely do the rest!