Thursday, August 17, 2017

Finest Friend

"I will cry unto God Most High; unto God that performeth all things for me.  He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth His mercy and His truth" (Psalm 57:2,3).  "A Friend loveth at all times, and a Brother is born for adversity" (Proverbs 17:17).  "The end is come: it watcheth for thee; behold, it is come" (Ezekiel 7:6).  "Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the friend of God" (James 2:23). 

I have a Friend who hears my cry;  
He is my Captain of salvation
Exalted as the Lord most high,
To whom I make my supplication. 

He saved me when I was a youth
When there was no one else who cared. 
He sent His mercy and His truth
Which, on His cross, He had prepared. 

It was for this my Lord was born
In times of great adversity. 
He was the object of the scorn
Of wretched sinners just like me.   

O Lord, I join with Abraham
Who knew You as his finest Friend,
Foreseeing You would be the Lamb
That God provided in the end! 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Viewing His Vows

"Thy vows are upon me, O God… For Thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not Thou deliver my feet from falling?" (Psalm 56:12,13).  "By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil" (Proverbs 16:6).  "They shall know that I am the LORD, and that I have not said in vain that I would do this" (Ezekiel 6:10).  "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (James 1:17).

The vows of Jesus Christ my Lord  
Which were completed on the cross
Remind me why I have adored
The One who purged my sins as dross.

My Lord was by His own love urged
To make His vows of truth and grace,
And thus my sins by Him were purged  
When Jesus bore them in my place.

The vows of Christ were not in vain
Which were foretold in prophecy.
The Scriptures made it very plain
That Christ would purge iniquity. 

O Christ, as I now view Your vows
To bring salvation from above,
My heart in worship humbly bows,
Astonished at Your wondrous love!  

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Saving and Sustaining

"As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me… Cast Thy burden upon the LORD, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved" (Psalm 55:16,22).  "He heareth the prayer of the righteous" (Proverbs 15:29).  "Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep… make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen." (Hebrews 13:20,21). 

I know that God will hear my prayer
And save me by His strong command. 
I'll cast upon Him all my care,
And He'll sustain me with His hand. 

I know that Jesus died for me
And that He rose up from the grave. 
I know His truth has made me free
And that His name alone can save. 

How great my risen Shepherd is!
How good it is to hear His voice! 
He guards and guides those who are His,
And in His care, His sheep rejoice. 

Lord, lead me upward to the place
Where I am pleasing in Your sight
By Your perfecting, saving grace
And by Your great sustaining might.  

Monday, August 14, 2017

Consider Christ

"Behold, God is mine Helper… for He hath delivered me out of all trouble" (Psalm 54:4,7).  "Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds" (Hebrews 12:1-3). 

Behold our Savior Jesus Christ,
Our Helper who delivered us,   
Who for our sake was sacrificed
And rose again victorious! 

Now let us lay aside each weight
As patiently we run the race,
Considering His love so great
And His amazing, matchless grace. 

As we consider Christ our Lord
And as we fix our eyes on Him,
We run with strength He will afford
And find distractions growing dim. 

O Christ, as we consider You
And how You saved us by Your love,
We run with strength that You renew
And set our hearts on things above.  

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Words of Warning

"God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.  Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one" (Psalm 53:2,3).  "A faithful ambassador is health" (Proverbs 13:17).  "I have made thee a watchman… give them warning from Me" (Ezekiel 3:17).  "By faith Noah, being warned of God… prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world" (Hebrews 11:7). 

The Lord from heaven looked on earth
To see if any understood. 
We all are sinners from our birth,
And there is no one who does good. 

But now that we've received the Lord,
He makes us more than conquerors. 
His pleasure is our heart's reward,
And we are His ambassadors.

In Christ we find our Hiding Place,
Who rescues us with His salvation,   
Like Noah who had found His grace,
And warned the world of condemnation. 

O Lord, we bring Your words  of warning
And words of lovingkindness too. 
We speak, though we are met with scorning,
Persuading hearts to trust in You.