Thursday, April 23, 2015

Prevailing Praise

"Praise waiteth for Thee, O God... Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, Thou shalt purge them away" (Psalm 65:1,3).  "Be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.  For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off" (Proverbs 23:17,18).  "Therefore will the LORD wait, that He may be gracious unto you" (Isaiah 30:18).  "Therefore... be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord... your labor is not in vain in the Lord" (1 Corinthians 15:58). 

How wondrous is the expectation
Of praise that waits on judgment day
To Christ who purchased our salvation
And thereby purged our sins away!

Though even now iniquities
At times will taunt us and prevail,
We find our cleansing on our knees
And grace from God that does not fail. 

Let praise prevail all day long
In holiness by godly fear. 
Our expectation is not wrong;
Our Lord's return is drawing near.

The reason that our Lord now waits
To visit sinners with His wrath
Is that He yet anticipates
That some will find salvation's path. 

So let us, therefore, steadfast be
Unmovable as we abound
In labor for eternity
That sinners lost may yet be found. 

O Lord of our prevailing praise,
You made Your love for us so plain,
So may we love You all our days
With labor that is not in vain.  

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