Friday, November 28, 2014

Prioritizing Preparing

"And he [Rehoboam] did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD" (2 Chronicles 12:14).  "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom" (Psalm 90:12).  "He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination" (Proverbs 28:9).  "Behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is He that is born King of the Jews?  For we have... come to worship Him.  When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him" (Matthew 2:1-3). 

We see the high priority
Of preparation in the heart
To seek our Savior earnestly
For wisdom that He will impart. 

We read of kings who sought the Lord,
And thus they prospered by His grace.  
Yet some did not, and evil soared
Until they turned to seek His face. 

How sadly time is thereby wasted
As wisdom thus is set aside! 
How bitter are the sorrows tasted
In hearts by their destructive pride!

We surely need the Word of God
With counsel for our preparation. 
Without His counsel, thoughts are flawed,
And prayer is an abomination. 

When Christ was born in Bethlehem,
The hearts of men were on display
As seen in old Jerusalem
When wise men came from far away. 

The wise men would adore the King,
But Herod sought to have Him slain. 
Should not Jerusalem then sing? 
Had all the people gone insane? 

Today we see it is the same
As hearts respond to Christ our Lord:
They either trust in Jesus' name,
Or He is willfully ignored. 

Lord, thank You for prophetic Law
And for the prompting of Your Spirit,
Preparing hearts that You will draw
To trust Your Gospel as they hear it. 

O Lord, we praise You for Your love
Preparing us to worship You,
Prioritizing things above,
And proving that Your Word is true.  

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