Sunday, May 29, 2016

Horrible Hardness

"If thine heart turn away… ye shall surely perish… I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life" (Deuteronomy 30:17-19).  "Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law" (Psalm 119:53).  "He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy" (Proverbs 29:1).  "[Jesus] looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts" (Mark 3:5).   

How horrible the hardness is
Of those who turn their heart from God,
Refusing blessings that are His,
Exchanged for judgment from His rod. 

But hardened hearts shall stand in awe
And horror, without remedy,
Recalling that they spurned God's law
Which offered life eternally. 

The law which prophesied of Christ
Portrayed the remedy God gave. 
The Lamb of God was sacrificed
For sinners whom He died to save. 

O Lord, such hardness in the heart
Which turns from You is horrible!   
We pray for grace that You impart
To draw the humble, trembling soul.    

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