“These lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it… Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace” (2 Kings 7:8,9). “Oh how great is Thy goodness, which Thou hast laid up for them that fear Thee… Thou shalt hide them in the secret of Thy presence” (Psalm 32:19,20). “I thank my God… that the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus” (Philemon 1:4,6).
The lepers sitting on the wall
With death and famine had to cope,
And when they had considered all,
They saw one tiny ray of hope.
Upon the wall they soon would die
Or die of famine in the city.
The other option they could try
Was falling to their foes for pity.
They went into the camp that night
And found their enemies had fled!
The Lord had put them all to flight
With noise that filled them all with dread.
They ate and drank to their content
Then gathered spoil that they hid,
Until they all with one consent
Had reconsidered what they did.
“We do not well,” they then declared;
The tidings that they had were good,
And those who perished could be spared
If they would speak then as they should.
Should not we likewise “go and tell”
The tidings people need to hear?
There is a Refuge now from hell;
Now let us make the Gospel clear!
We do not well to hold our tongue
When we should go and tell good news
To rich and poor, to old and young,
To show the Savior they may choose.
Lord, help us to communicate
The tidings of Your saving grace
To souls before it is too late
To find in You their Hiding Place.