Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Publish to the Perishing

"Arise; for this matter belongeth unto thee... be of good courage, and do it" (Ezra 10:4).  "Make me to go in the path of Thy commandments; for therein do I delight" (Psalm 119:35).  "Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction" (Proverbs 31:8).  "A great deal they published it, and were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: He maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak" (Mark 7:36,37). 

Arise and publish now the news
As long as God shall give us breath. 
The destiny that souls must choose
Is either life in Christ, or death. 

The Lord has shown to us the path
To preach the Gospel of His grace
And warn the lost of coming wrath
That they might turn to seek His face.

So many have been rendered blind
To things that have eternal weight. 
The deaf and dumb are not inclined  
To warn them of destruction's fate. 

Yet Christ, who gave us ears to hear
And gave to us a tongue to speak,
Has made the Gospel very clear
That we may reach both Jew and Greek.   

The time is late for us to tell
What Christ our Savior came to do.
He died to save our souls from hell;
He rose to show His Word is true! 

O Lord, we see the time is short
As many souls are swept away,
Yet many halt at Your report
Who still would rather go astray. 

Revive us, Lord, to be admonished
When we are slow to reach the lost.  
Should not we rather be astonished
At grace, recalling what it cost?

We thank You, Lord, for cherishing
Our souls so much that You would die
And publish to the perishing
That You will heed the sinner's cry.  

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