Monday, February 19, 2018

Face to Face Friendship

"The LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend" (Exodus 33:11).  "The secret of the LORD is with them that fear Him; and He will show them His covenant" (Psalm 25:14).  "The fear of the LORD tendeth to life" (Proverbs 19:23).  "The Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ... Now the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always by all means" (2 Thessalonians 3:5,16).

How wonderful is this report 
Of God and Moses face to face,
As Friend to friend who would resort
To speak together in that place.

Is not this friendship marvelous
That God has offered to us here,
As He Himself communes with us
Who walk with Him in godly fear? 

The fear of God forever tends
To manifest in us His life.
He is the closest of all friends;
He is our Peace in times of strife.   

O Lord, when face to face above,
Your friendship which we shall behold
Shall then persuade us by Your love
To say, "The half has not been told!" 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Consecation to Christ

"Who is on the LORD'S side?...  Consecrate yourselves today to the LORD... that He may bestow upon you a blessing this day" (Exodus 32:26-29).  "This is the generation of them that seek Him... The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory" (Psalm 24:6-10).  "Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom" (Proverbs 18:1).  "Now our Lord Jesus Christ Himself... comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work" (2 Thessalonians 2:16,17).   

There is a question God has asked
Which clarifies the great divide,
As true intentions are unmasked
Regarding who is on His side. 

There is an earnest generation
That seeks the Lord and in Him boasts,
Delighting in their consecration
To Jesus Christ, the Lord of hosts. 

There is a wisdom in desire
To consecrate our life to Christ,
Who lifts us from the sinful mire
Wherein we once had been enticed. 

O Lord, in every word we speak
And every work that we may do,
The comfort that we daily seek
Is consecration more to You.  

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Shadow of our Shepherd

"I have called by name Bezaleel (בְּצַלְאֵל The Shadow of God)... and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship" (Exodus 31:2,3).  "The LORD is my Shepherd... He leadeth me" (Psalm 23:1-3).  "A Friend loveth at all times, and a Brother is born for adversity" (Proverbs 17:17).  "We pray always for you, that our God would... fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness, and the work of faith with power" (2 Thessalonians 1:11). 

There is a beauty in each name
Depicting gifts by God defined,
Like Bezaleel who thus came
To do the work that God assigned.

This name meant "Shadow of our God,"
Implying that our God was near.
Our Shepherd with His staff and rod
Shall likewise make His presence clear. 

His shadow over us extends
In peace and in adversity. 
He is the closest of our Friends
Through time and through eternity. 

O Lord our Shepherd, work in us
As in Your shadow we abide,
That we may show how glorious
Your nearness is in which we hide.  

Friday, February 16, 2018

Divinely Done

"They give every man a ransom for his soul unto the LORD... The poor shall not give less" (Exodus 30:12-15).  "They pierced My hands and My feet... They shall... declare His righteousness... that He hath done this" (Psalm 22:16,31).  "By mercy and truth iniquity is purged" (Proverbs 16:6).  "For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him" (1 Thessalonians 5:9,10). 

The ransom for our souls so poor
Has been provided by our Savior. 
The price was infinitely more
Than we could pay without His favor. 

The ransom that the law demands
Was paid in full by Jesus Christ. 
They pierced our Savior's feet and hands
When He for us was sacrificed. 

His mercy and His truth prevailed 
To rescue us from coming wrath. 
His love for sinners never failed
To lead Him on His righteous path. 

O Lord, the triumph You have won
Has stirred our hearts to worship You
And to declare that You have done
The work that You alone could do.  

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Meditating on our Meeting

"There I will meet with the children of Israel... sanctified by My glory... that I may dwell among them: I am the LORD their God" (Exodus 29:43,46).  "Glory is great in Thy salvation" (Psalm 21:5).  "The way of life is above to the wise" (Proverbs 15:24).  "The Lord Himself shall descend... and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  then we... shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord" (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17).  

The tabernacle was the place 
Where God declared that He would meet,
For there He glorified His grace, 
Foreshadowing His work complete. 

The glory of the Lord's salvation
Portrayed in offerings sacrificed 
Presented to His congregation
The sanctifying work of Christ. 

The tabernacle on display 
Before the congregation's eyes
Declared the price our Lord would pay
To save the souls He sanctifies. 

Lord, as we richly meditate 
On tabernacle types You share,
We even more anticipate
Our meeting with You in the air!  

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Marvelous Memorials

"Aaron shall bear their names before the LORD upon his two shoulders for a memorial... and Aaron shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goeth in unto the holy place, for a memorial before the LORD continually" (Exodus 28:12,29).  "We will remember the name of the LORD our God" (Psalm 20:7).  "The Lord make you to increase... to the end He may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God" (1 Thessalonians 3:12,13). 

As Aaron bore each tribal name
Upon his shoulders and his heart,
Our Savior bore our sin and shame
With grace and truth He would impart. 

These tokens which portrayed such favor
In Aaron's garments thus sufficed
To be memorials of our Savior,
Who for our sake was sacrificed. 

We shall remember Christ our Lord
By wounds the spear and nails made,
Which are memorials that afford
Remembrance of the price He paid. 

O Lord, our great High Priest divine, 
Memorials which are marvelous
Are now displayed in bread and wine
As we recall You died for us.