Thursday, February 26, 2015

Turning to Trust

"Although thou sayest thou shalt not see Him, yet judgment is before Him; therefore trust thou in Him" (Job 35:14).  "They that know Thy name will put their trust in Thee: for Thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek Thee" (Psalm 9:10).  "The curse causeless shall not come... Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him" (Proverbs 26:2,27).  "Unto you first God, having raised up His Son Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities" (Acts 3:26). 

A man may say he'll neither see
His Maker nor the day of wrath,
But judgment comes by God's decree
Upon the rebel sinner's path. 

Our hope is not that God will turn
To compromise His holiness,
But that the sinner may discern
The grace by which the Lord will bless. 

The wrath of God extends the curse
According to His righteous Laws. 
His judgment falls on the perverse;
The curse shall come which has a cause. 

The stone returns on him who rolled;
The pit will catch who dug it first.  
These outcomes, by the Lord controlled,
Will quench His judgment's holy thirst. 

But judgment found its satisfaction
Upon the cross of Jesus Christ! 
Be done with other vain distraction: 
Behold our Savior sacrificed! 

Our Savior on the cross devised
The way of reconciliation!
His mercy now uncompromised
Is freely given in salvation!

The Gospel now is sent to all
Who turn to Christ and in Him trust,
Responding to the gracious call
Of Him who saves us, yet is Just! 

O Lord, how gladly we have turned
To trust in You, and You alone! 
How great Your love is which was spurned,
Which in Your passion You have shown! 

The Gospel which we now proclaim
Is turning hearts to trust You, Lord,
And with those hearts we praise Your name
For blessings You alone afford. 

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