Monday, October 31, 2016

Comfort of His Coming

"I will greatly praise the LORD… I will praise Him among the multitude" (Psalm 109:30).  "Rejoice in time to come" (Proverbs 31:25).  "The Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord… Comfort one another with these words" (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). 

The Lord shall come, as He has said;
The days of waiting shall conclude
When Christians rise, who had been dead,
To praise Him with the multitude. 

Rejoicing in those coming days
Should make us ponder our behavior,
So we may live a life to praise
And glorify our Lord and Savior. 

The Lord is coming in the clouds,
As He has promised long before,
With His redeemed, adoring crowds,
And we'll be with Him evermore.

The comfort of Your coming, Lord,
Now purifies us with the view
That You are bringing Your reward
With which we then would honor You.  

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Valiantly vs. Vainly

"Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.  Through God we shall do valiantly" (Psalm 108:12,13).  "Every word of God is pure: He is a Shield unto them that put their trust in Him" (Proverbs 30:5).  "The Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:  to the end He may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints" (1 Thessalonians 3:12,13). 

Our hope is in the Lord alone;
The help of man is surely vain. 
Our God has made His power known
And made His great salvation plain.

His Word is pure; He is a Shield
To all who trust Him and obey. 
Success upon the battlefield
Of souls He grants to those who pray.

The Lord shall make us to increase
In love that glorifies our Savior
To spread the Gospel of His peace
Extended through His saving favor. 

O Lord, we would not vainly wait
For help from man's ability. 
Through You we shall anticipate
That we shall triumph valiantly. 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Walking Worthy

"The king [Josiah]… made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD… with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might" (2 Kings 23:3,25).  "Let the redeemed of the LORD say so" (Psalm 107:2 ).  "The fear of man bringeth a snare… but every man's judgment cometh from the LORD" (Proverbs 29:25,26).  "As we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the Gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts… Walk worthy of God" (1 Thessalonians 2:4,12). 

Josiah's record will afford
An illustration for us all
Of walking worthy of the Lord
According to our Savior's call. 

With all his heart, with all his soul,
And all his might Josiah turned. 
His life, surrendered to the full,
Was like a torch that brightly burned. 

Should not we likewise walk like him,
Since we have been redeemed by God?
Let not the flame for God grow dim
By hoping others will applaud.

Lord, walking worthy of our calling
Is only possible by grace,
So lift us when You see us falling,
And lead us as we seek Your face.  

Friday, October 28, 2016

Triumphantly Tender

"Thus saith the LORD… because thine heart was tender, and thou ["Josiah by name" -1 Kings 13:2] hast humbled thyself before the LORD… I also have heard thee" (2 Kings 22:18,19).  "Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us... to triumph in Thy praise" (Psalm 106:47).  "Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things" (Proverbs 28:5).  "You sounded out the Word of the Lord… how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God" (1 Thessalonians 1:8,9).

When King Josiah humbly came,
The Lord foresaw his tender heart.   
He had been prophesied by name
When Israel was torn apart.

We surely live in troubling days
When hardened hearts are prone to stumble.   
May God unite us in His praise
To be triumphant with the humble. 

The proud don't understand the things
Pertaining to God's coming wrath,
But tenderly, beneath His wings,
God leads the humble on His path. 

Lord, as we turn to seek Your face
And find You as our great Defender,
Triumphantly we show Your grace
That drew our hearts and made them tender.