Friday, August 13, 2010

Charming and Chastening

"The wicked.... are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear, which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely" (Psalm 58:3-5). "A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.... Good understanding giveth favor: but the way of transgressors is hard.... Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction.... He that loveth him chasteneth him betimes" (Proverbs 13:1, 15,18,24).

How hopelessly hard is the transgressor's way,
Refusing God's crucial instruction.
The scorner won't hear what the Lord has to say
To turn him from his self-destruction.

How wise is the counsel received from above,
For good understanding gives favor.
Charmed by His Spirit and chastened with love,
A wise heart gives heed to the Savior.

Thank You, O Lord, for Your loving correction,
That charms and that chastens our soul.
We need Your reproof and Your constant direction,
Enlarging in us Your control.

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