Saturday, July 31, 2010

Compelling Cause

"Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.... Plead the cause of the poor and needy" (Proverbs 31:8,9). "Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.... yet their is room. And the Lord said.... compel them to come in, that My house may be filled" (Luke 14:21-23).

Open your mouth for cause of the lost.
Plead now the cause of the blind, deaf, and dumb.
Their cause is compelling, in view of the cost
Of hell and destruction unless they will come.

The battle is raging with spiritual strife
For souls yet appointed for judgment and hell.
Convince them to run to the Lord for their life!
Open your mouth to persuade and compel!

Compel them to come to the Savior today!
Bid them examine our Lord's empty tomb.
Death now pursues them; they dare not delay!
The Savior invites them, and yet their is room.

Teach us, O Lord, to compel with our speech
The souls yet appointed to hopeless destruction.
Give us the words of Your Gospel to reach
And turn them to You from Satanic seduction.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Lordly Lamentation

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!" (Luke 13:34).

Jerusalem, Jerusalem!
O hear your Lord's lament!
You killed His servants, stoning them,
And you would not repent.

Hear His Lordly lamentation:
"I would.... and ye would not!"
You turned away the great salvation
Which your Messiah brought.

His lamentation still is heard
Against the world today
That mocks His mercy, scorns His Word,
And turns His love away.

O Lord, we thank You for Your love
You likened to the hen
That spread protective wings above
Her brood in danger then.

To souls just like Jerusalem:
What more could God have done?
And will you still yourselves condemn
By turning from God's Son?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

At the Altar

"O send out Thy light and Thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto Thy holy hill, and to Thy tabernacles. Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy.... Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, who is the health of my countenance and my God" (Psalm 43:3-5).

I know where to go when my soul is cast down.
I know where the light and the truth of God lead.
At last at the altar of God I have found
The Source of my joy and the hope that I need.

Here at the altar of God is my joy
That melts away sadness as if it were dross.
Here no invader can change or destroy
The work of my Savior for me on His cross.

Here is my hope, my joy, and my health
I've found in my Savior, who evermore lives.
Here at the altar He shows me the wealth
At Calvary purchased, which He freely gives.

Here at Your altar, O Lord of salvation,
I'm finding Your joy and compassion so tender.
Here at the altar of sweet consecration,
I'm led by Your Spirit to fuller surrender.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Posture of the Prepared

"Let your loins be girded about and your lights burning, and be ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord.... And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing" (Luke 12:35-43).

Live with a posture that's always prepared
For Jesus your Lord to return,
With loins ever girded, the Gospel declared,
And lights that continually burn.

Live as a steward, both faithful and wise,
Who lives for the pleasure of God.
Seek the approval of His searching eyes,
Since all other standards are flawed.

Live with a purpose to give an account
To God who has given so much:
Those He has given a greater amount,
Will give an accounting for such.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Transcendent Treasure

"Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not forever" (Proverbs 27:23,24). "Seek ye the kingdom of God.... For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Luke 12:31,34).

There are riches that transcend
All temporary measures:
A ransomed soul will never end,
Which God supremely treasures.

The Lamb of God was sacrificed
That souls may be redeemed!
The ransom of our souls was Christ:
Our worth was thus esteemed!

So let us, by this estimation,
Evaluate the worth
Of souls, in light of our salvation,
Compared to things on earth.

So help us, Lord, to win the prize
Of souls for Your dominion,
To see their worth now in Your eyes,
And not the world's opinion.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Design of His Desire

"Sacrifice and offering Thou didst not desire; Mine ears hast Thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast Thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the Book it is written of Me, I delight to do Thy will, O My God: yea, Thy law is within My heart" (Psalm 40:6-8).

Sacrifice and offering are not what God desired,
For none of these could ever have sufficed
To cleanse our sin or ever bring what righteousness required,
As God could only do through Jesus Christ.

Sacrifice and offering provided a design,
But these were only shadows of our Lord.
Shadows cannot show a thing without a light to shine,
Which here prophetic light could well afford.

We hear our Lord and Savior say that He delights to do
The law of God His heart contained within;
The shadows now have passed away, and He is now in view:
The Lamb of God who takes away our sin!

Thank You, Lord, that You unveiled the passion of Your heart
Recorded in the volume of Your Book.
We see the love that never failed with grace that You impart,
And marvel more, the longer that we look.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Height of my Hope

"Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is, that I may know how frail I am.... verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity.... And now, Lord, what wait I for? My hope is in Thee" (Psalm 39:4-7).

In search of the height of my hope,
I climb to the length of my days,
And view there that slippery slope,
Where health soon in weakness decays.

I search for a different measure,
Since hope isn't found in my health.
I climb to the summit of treasure,
But wings fly away with my wealth.

I search in the sphere of attraction
To win and influence my friends:
Adversity ends this distraction,
When weather that's fair quickly ends.

I searched all these prospects so flawed;
I climbed every mountain but One.
I finally turned then to God,
And placed all my hope in His Son!

In Christ is the height of true gain;
In Christ is eternal salvation!
All temporal hope is in vain;
In Christ is my soul's satisfaction!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Strategy of the Stronger

"By wise counsel thou shalt make thy war.... If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small" (Proverbs 24:6,10). "They cried to God in battle, and He was entreated of them, because they put their trust in Him" (1 Chronicles 5:20). "If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand?.... But when a Stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, He taketh from him all his armor wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. He that is not with Me is against Me: and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth" (Luke 11:17-23).

There is a strategy for war
And strength to win as well,
That Jesus Christ has shown before
Against the gates of hell.

Put your trust in God today
And in this needful hour
Stand with God and to Him pray,
And He shall send His power.

There is no other strategy
That ever can succeed
In this day of adversity,
In view of our great need!

We dare not trust our feeble sword
To help us any longer.
Our strength to win comes from the Lord,
For He alone is Stronger.

Teach us, Lord, to put our trust
In You now to prevail,
Convinced now that we surely must;
All other plans will fail.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Marking Mary

"Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace" (Psalm 37:37). "Be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long. For surely there is an end, and thine expectation shall not be cut off" (Proverbs 23:17,18). "Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her" (Luke 10:42).

There is an end to all we hold
Of things confined by time,
But things eternal shall unfold
Unending peace sublime.

Mark the souls who wisely choose
To fear God all the day:
They hold the peace they cannot lose,
And none can take away.

Mary chose the better part,
Which Jesus would commend:
By heeding Him with all her heart,
Her peace would never end.

Teach us, Lord, to heed Your voice
Like Mary in the past.
For surely there's no wiser choice,
And nothing else will last.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Privileged Prayer

"Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, O that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast.... And God granted him that which he requested" (1 Chronicles 4:10). "And He turned Him unto His disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see. For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them" (Luke 10:23,24).

The prayer of Jabez long before
Was heard, and he was blessed,
Yet God has granted us much more
By granting our request.

Blessed are eyes that see those things
That prophets longed to see,
And ears that hear what many kings
Desired earnestly.

Things that God has now revealed
Which we may now behold
For centuries had been concealed,
But now in Christ are told.

This privilege held within our grip
That God has thus enlarged
Endows us with a stewardship
With which we now are charged.

Thank You, Lord, for light to see
Your truth that never failed;
It is that truth which makes us free,
And thereby we've prevailed.

So help us, Lord, to occupy
Until You come again,
Enlarged with grace to testify
With boldness until then.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Settled Safety

"O LORD.... Say unto my soul, I am thy salvation" (Psalm 35:1,3). "The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord" (Proverbs 21:31).

Our Lord of salvation
Assures us today
That since He has taken control,
There's no situation
Ahead, come what may,
That now can unsettle our soul.

In this sweet assurance
That settles the heart,
Which only our Savior can give,
We find the endurance
His grace can impart
To thereby abundantly live.

Through battles in life
The horse is prepared,
But safety still comes from the Lord.
In peace or in strife
His Word has declared:
His Truth is our shield and sword.

Say to my soul, Lord,
"I am your Salvation,"
And thereby dispel every fear.
Your words thus afford
Such sweet meditation,
Reminding me that You are near.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Bountiful Boast

"My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.... O taste and see that the Lord is good... The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry" (Psalm 34:2-15).

My soul shall come with joyful boasts
As I recall the story
Of Jesus Christ, the Lord of hosts:
He is the King of glory!

My soul shall boast in Jesus Christ
The Lord of all creation,
Who for my soul was sacrificed
To purchase my salvation.

My soul shall boast in Christ with those
Whose purpose is the same:
To praise the Lord who died and rose,
As we exalt His name.

My soul shall boast of answered prayer
With all who thank Him thus:
That we may cast on Him our care
Because He cares for us.

My soul shall boast, as well it should,
In Christ for all His grace.
O taste and see! The Lord is good
To those who seek His face!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Cynics will Cease

"Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mightest be wise in thy latter end. There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless, the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.... Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge. An ungodly witness scorneth judgment.... Judgments are prepared for scorners" (Proverbs 19:20-29).

Cynics rise up every morning
To mock at the sublime,
But there shall be an end of scorning,
When judgment comes in time.

Mockers publish their instruction
That scorns the truth of God,
Which many, to their own destruction,
Will follow and applaud.

For so they did in Noah's day,
When mocking had an end:
The rain descended anyway
That God said He would send.

Though cynics come to entertain
Like jesters in a court
To mock the truth that they disdain,
Their time is very short.

For mocking cannot nullify
The judgments yet prepared
For wishful cynics who deny
The truth God has declared.

So teach us, Lord, in these last days
To win the souls we warn,
That they may live to give You praise
And turn away from scorn.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Hiding in Him

"Thou art my Hiding Place; Thou shalt preserve me from trouble; Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance" (Psalm 32:7). "The name of the LORD is a Strong Tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe" (Proverbs 18:10).

You, Lord, are my Hiding Place,
And You are my Strong Tower.
I've found my refuge in Your grace,
And safety in Your power.

Other powers still abound
That wish to see me harmed,
But in Your presence I have found
I need not be alarmed.

For You have stood against their claim
Which calls for condemnation.
I'm trusting my Savior's name,
Who purchased my salvation.

O Lord, You knew the awful price
That You would have to give,
So You became the Sacrifice
For sin that I might live.

My cup of fearful wrath was full,
But You, Lord, drank it up!
Because You longed to save my soul,
You drained that awful cup!

Thank You, Lord, for what You did,
So I might safely hide,
For in Your righteousness I'm hid
And ever shall abide!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Children's Children

"Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers" (Proverbs 17:6).

Children's children are the crown
Of old men gladly worn.
Today this song is written down,
For one more has been born!

Children's children are the crown
Of old men, says the Proverbs,
And the glory of chiLdren found,
We're told then, are their fathers.

Noah Byron de la Motte,
This morning, around One,
Arrived to show what God had wrought:
Another precious son!

Josiah is the firstborn's name,
Then Pearl Anne arrived,
Elijah, then Naomi came,
And Noah now makes five.

We thank You for these children, Lord,
And pray they will pursue
Abundant life that You reward
To those who trust in You.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Purpose Perceived

"Thou hast... girded me with gladness, to the end that my glory may sing praise to Thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto Thee forever" (Psalm 30:11,12). "But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the Word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience" (Luke 8:15).

There is a purpose to perceive,
An end we should embrace,
In view of blessing we receive
With God's abundant grace.

There is a purpose for the ground
In which God's Word is sown,
Where life abundant may be found
To make God's glory known.

There is a purpose we may find
In sweet and full surrender
Of heart, of soul, of strength, and mind
To Christ, our great Defender.

Lord, lead us to that destiny
Of joy that You intend
Through life that's lived abundantly
With gladness to that end.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Little Love

"Kiss the Son" (Psalm 2:12). "The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.... Hell and destruction are before the Lord: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?" (Proverbs 15:3). "Thou gavest Me no kiss.... to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little" (Luke 7:45-47).

Little love for Jesus Christ
Is based on pure deception,
As if somehow our works sufficed
To make us an exception.

Jesus Christ came from above
For you and me as well.
Shall we return Him little love
For saving us from hell?

His eyes behold in every place
The evil and the good.
He saw our need for saving grace
Before we understood.

He ponders every sinful thought
Demanding condemnation.
He knew our ransom must be bought
To grant us His salvation.

O Lord, in view of all of this
We ought to love You more,
Yet now in worship we would kiss
The Christ whom we adore!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Refusing the Refuge

"Because they regard not the works of the Lord, nor the operation of His hands, He shall destroy them, and not build them up" (Psalm 28:5). "In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and His children shall have a place of refuge" (Proverbs 14:26).

There is a refuge in God's grace
For all who fear the Lord.
We flee to safety in this place
From judgment's righteous sword.

For judgment here is satisfied
With all that Christ has done
When He for us was crucified
And our salvation won.

Yet many still do not regard
His saving operation,
Nor that our Savior's hands were scarred
And pierced for our salvation.

Because they turn away from God,
Refusing His redemption,
They choose instead His judgment rod,
Wherein there's no exemption.

We thank You, Lord, that in Your fear
We find our confidence:
In Christ we have our refuge here
And rest in His defense!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Resting on the Rock

"One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after... to behold the beauty of the LORD.... For in the time of trouble.... shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock" (Psalm 27:4,5). "Whosoever cometh to Me, and heareth My sayings, and doeth them... is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock" (Luke 6:47,48).

To seek the Lord continually
Will guard our daily walk,
And having this priority
Will set us on the Rock.

A heart that seeks Him will afford
A life that's more than talk,
But rather will obey the Lord
Who sets us on the Rock.

Our risen Shepherd leads the way
And cares for all His flock:
They hear His voice, and they obey;
He sets them on the Rock.

We surely know that tribulation
Like storms will rage and knock,
Yet never shake our sure Foundation
In Christ who is our Rock.

Thank You, Lord, for this one key,
And all it will unlock:
To know the truth that makes us free,
And sets us on the Rock.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Tender and Turned

"To the king of Judah [Josiah]... thus saith the LORD God of Israel... Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the LORD... and wept before Me, I also have heard thee, saith the Lord.... And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the LORD with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might... neither after him arose there any like him" (2 Kings 22:18,19, 23:25).

Before there never was a king,
The Scriptures thus record,
Like king Josiah who would bring
Such pleasure to the Lord.

And neither was there afterward
A king like him, we learn.
Shall we not heed what we have heard,
And for his virtues yearn?

Josiah's heart, to God's delight
Was humbled tenderly,
And turned with all his soul and might;
Shall we not like him be?

O Lord, You heard Josiah's tears
And saw his tenderness.
And still, Lord, after all these years,
We do not need it less!

Turn us, Lord, revive again
Our hearts to thus surrender
To see in us what You saw then:
A humble heart that's tender!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Mercy on the Meek

"Good and upright is the Lord: therefore will He teach sinners in the way. The meek will He guide in judgment, and the meek will He teach His way. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep His covenant and His testimonies" (Psalm 25:8-10).

Good and upright is the Lord
To sinners who will seek
The truth and mercy He'll reward
To all those who are meek.

The meek will trust what God will say,
And humbly with submission,
Be thereby guided in the way
That rescues from perdition.

Yes! Even sinners He will teach
Who come in lowliness
To find His hand will surely reach
And save with righteousness!

Lord, we thank You for the love
That reaches down so far
To lift the meek to heights above,
Now seated where You are!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Hill of Holiness

"Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in His holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart, who hath not lifted up His soul to vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of His salvation" (Psalm 24:3-5). "The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and He addeth no sorrow with it" (Proverbs 10:22).

Who shall ascend to the hill of the Lord?
Who shall approach Him in His holy place?
The traits of perfection cannot be ignored,
As God's now examines the whole human race.

The deeds of the hands must be righteous and clean.
The thoughts of the heart must be holy and pure.
The soul with vain longings must never be seen,
Nor ever a word of deceit may occur.

Alas! There is no one on earth without sin!
How shall we stand then on God's holy hill?
Behold, now our Savior and King enters in,
Who wrought our salvation by doing God's will!

O Lord, You accomplished what we never could;
Our sin must be punished, which holiness loathed!
And though there was none, no not one, that was good,
We find ourselves now in Your righteousness clothed!

Friday, July 09, 2010

Table without Terror

"I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.... Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies... my cup runneth over" (Psalm 23:5). "Wisdom hath.... killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.... as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, Come, eat of My bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled" (Proverbs 9:1-5).

Come to the table where God bids us dine.
Come where no terror can ever intrude.
Come and partake of His bread and His wine.
Wisdom has furnished her table with food.

All of the beasts in the past that were slain
Were shadows of Christ, yet they were not able
To take away sin or redemption obtain,
Affording the peace we enjoy at this table.

The cup of His blessing runs over the brim,
Where worship ascends and our enemies flee.
For all who have fled for their refuge in Him
Are found at the table where truth makes us free.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for calling us here
To sit at the table You wisely prepare,
Where even in death there is no cause to fear
Since You have assured us that You will be there.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Seeking Sooner

"They shall praise the Lord that seek Him" (Psalm 22:26). "Those that seek Me early shall find Me.... and I will fill their treasures" (Proverbs 8:17,21).

How quickly fly the days of youth!
How much our children need the Lord!
O may they early seek the truth
With all the treasures therein stored!

Praise the Lord that some are saved
Who seek Him in their final hours,
And hardened sinners long depraved
May be set free from Satan's powers!

Yet for children, how much better
For them it is to come to Christ,
And thus escape the cruel fetter
Of sin that captures those enticed!

Before their youth is swept away,
O Lord, we pray for children now,
That they may trust in You today,
And we, by grace, may show them how.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Favor or Fire

"The king trusteth in the LORD, and through the mercy of the most High, he shall not be moved. Thine hand shall find out all Thine enemies.... Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of Thine anger" (Psalm 21:7-9). "John answered... One mightier than I cometh... He will thoroughly purge His floor, and will gather the wheat into His garner, but the chaff He will burn with fire unquenchable" (Luke 3:16,17).

Favor or fire: there's no middle ground.
Mercy or judgment: that's all that there is.
In Jesus our Savior a refuge is found,
For He bore the judgment for all who are His.

Favor or fire: which one will it be?
Our destiny pivots on how we will choose.
The Savior in mercy says, "Come unto Me."
His judgment awaits all of those who refuse.

Favor or fire: it's now our decision.
We dare not presume we may wait till tomorrow.
Flee from His wrath and avoid the collision
With oncoming judgment and unending sorrow.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Battle Banners

"We will rejoice in Thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners.... Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God" (Psalm 20:5,7). "And Hezekiah received the letter... and spread it before the Lord. And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord, and said.... O LORD our God, I beseech Thee, save us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that Thou art the LORD God, even Thou only" (2 Kings 19:14-19).

Some trust in chariots, and some in their horses,
Some trust in wealth, and advice of their planners.
But we do not wrestle against human forces;
In the name of our God we will set up our banners.

Recalling the prayer Hezekiah once prayed,
Rehearsing the threats in that letter he read,
With all the Assyrian army arrayed,
Before the LORD God, that letter was spread.

How wise was this king! How godly his manners!
How good his example is seen in this story!
The victory will come as we set up our banners
In the name of our God, when we give Him the glory!

Monday, July 05, 2010

Cruelty or Christ

"The statutes of the Lord are right.... by them is Thy servant warned, and in keeping of them is great reward.... Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord" (Psalm 19:8-14). "Hear Me now therefore... lest thou give thine honor unto others, and thy years unto the cruel.... For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He pondereth all his goings" (Proverbs 5:7-21).

The statutes of the Lord are right
And promise great reward,
When we are living in His sight,
And thereby fear the Lord.

But joy can be exchanged for tears,
The wise becomes a fool,
When Satan steals precious years,
Surrendered to the cruel.

Satan only comes to steal,
To kill, and to destroy.
Our Savior came that He might heal
And give us life with joy.

Why then would we volunteer
One moment of our day
(And how much less another year!)
To cruelty this way?

So may our words and meditation
Be governed by this rule:
To please the Christ of our salvation,
And thus deny the cruel.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Ponder His Perfection

"As for God, His way is perfect: the Word of the Lord is tried.... Who is a Rock, save our God?" (Psalm 18:30,31). "Keep thy heart with all diligence.... Ponder the path of Thy feet, and let all thy ways be established" (Proverbs 4:26). "And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart" (Luke 2:18,19).

Ponder the way of the Lord and His Word;
His promises never have failed.
How wondrously He has performed what we heard!
How perfectly He has prevailed!

Ponder these things from His Word in your heart
And walk in the path of His light;
Keep them with diligence; do not depart
From His way to the left or the right.

Now keep all these things, as Mary once did
When angels had given direction
To shepherds from whom His Word was not hid,
Declaring our Savior's perfection!

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Eye on the End

"As for me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness" (Psalm 17:15). "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart.... The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools" (Proverbs 3:3,35).

Life on this earth so swiftly will end,
But afterwards we shall awake.
Trust in the Savior, the sinner's best Friend,
Or forever regret your mistake!

Eternity comes if we're ready or not!
Will you spend it in heaven or hell?
Trust in the Savior, and rest in the thought
That your soul will forever be well!

Trust in the Savior with all of your heart,
And ponder the path that you take.
Keeping your eyes on the Lord will impart
The wisdom to live for His sake.

Friday, July 02, 2010

Bountiful Boundaries

"The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: Thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.... Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope" (Psalm 16:5-9). "My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.... For He that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is His name" (Luke 1:46-49).

The Lord is my Portion: what more do I need?
How pleasant the lines of my heritage are!
His bountiful boundaries therefore exceed
My greatest desire imagined by far!

The Lord is my Portion: how pleasant the choice
That God by His mercy and truth now affords!
My heart will be glad and my soul will rejoice;
My flesh rests in hope, knowing I am the Lord's!

The Lord is my Portion: my spirit now sings
To God and my Savior for all He has done!
For He that is mighty and merciful brings
His bountiful blessings to me by His Son!

O Lord, You're my Portion: since I am Yours too,
I'd bring You my heart with the love You deserve,
I'd bring You my soul thus surrendered to You,
And bring You my strength consecrated to serve.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Two Turnings

"Turn you at My reproof: behold, I will pour out My Spirit unto you, I will make known My words unto you.... The turning away of the simple shall slay them. But whoso hearkeneth unto Me shall dwell safely" (Proverbs 1:23-33). "[John] shall be filled with the Holy Ghost.... and many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God" (Luke 1:15,16).

Souls may turn to God today,
If they will hear His voice.
Yet they may also turn away;
God leaves to us that choice.

Given now these two extremes,
This is insanely odd!
Indeed, how very strange it seems
That many turn from God!

What insanity is this,
When choices are so plain?
Who would turn from heaven's bliss
To hell's eternal pain?

How deceptive is the path
Of fools' prosperity
That chooses not to turn from wrath,
Which looms eternally!

As John the Baptist turned the hearts
In his day by God's Spirit,
The Gospel still today imparts
God's grace to those who hear it.

So give us fervor, Lord, like John
To turn hearts now to You.
The day of grace will soon be gone;
The laborers are few.