Friday, June 23, 2017

Kiss the King

"Kiss the Son… Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him" (Psalm 2:12).  "My son, give Me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe My ways" (Proverbs 23:26).  "Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth Me" (Jeremiah 9:23,24).  "The life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me" (Galatians 2:20). 

How gracious is the invitation
To kiss our Lord, the King of kings,  
Who died to purchase our salvation
And shelter us beneath His wings. 

"Give Me thine heart," He says to us,
"And let thine eyes observe My ways." 
His mercy is so marvelous
That draws our hearts to Him with praise! 

We do not glory now in this, 
That we are wealthy, strong, or wise,  
But that we know Him, whom we kiss,
And He is precious in our eyes. 

O Christ our King, for us You died,
And still You intercede above.     
From hearts that You have justified,
Receive our grateful kiss of love.  


Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Gospel and the Gulf

"The LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish" (Psalm 1:6).  "A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished" (Proverbs 22:3).  " How do ye say, We are wise?... What wisdom is in them?... The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved" (Jeremiah 8:8,9,20).  "Christ… gave Himself for our sins… I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ" (Galatians 1:3-6). 

The Lord imparts His righteousness
To those who trust Him and who cherish
The Gospel that He sent to bless
The souls that otherwise would perish. 

A prudent man foresees the danger
And hides himself in Christ the Savior. 
The fool will meet Him as a stranger,
Who spurned the Gospel of His favor. 

How can they say that they are wise,
Who scoff at all the evidence,
Exchanging truth for Satan's lies
For which there can be no defense?  

O Lord, You've shown the gulf between
The saved, who see Your Gospel proved,
And those ignoring what they've seen,
Who by their choice are far removed.  

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Proving and Prompting our Praise

"Praise ye the LORD… according to His excellent greatness… Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD" (Psalm 150:1,2,6).  "A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, He directeth his way" (Proverbs 21:29).  "Obey My voice, and I will be your God… but they hearkened not unto Me… but hardened their neck" (Jeremiah 7:23,24).  "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.  Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?" (2 Corinthians 13:5). 

We don't expect a corpse to sing,
For there's no life if there's no breath,   
And hardened hearts can never bring
True praise until they're saved from death. 

The wicked hardens still his face,
But God directs His people's way. 
The sinner whom He saves by grace
Has faith that prompts him to obey. 

We all need self-examination
To realize if we are saved.
We'll see the fruit of our salvation
Displayed in how we have behaved. 

O Lord, we see the great delusion
Of darkness in these latter days! 
Your Word exposes the confusion
With light that proves and prompts our praise. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

His People are His Pleasure

"The LORD taketh pleasure in His people: He will beautify the meek with salvation" (Psalm 149:4).  "Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?... Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?" (Proverbs 20:9,24).  "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls" (Jeremiah 6:16).  "My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9). 

The Lord takes pleasure in His own;
He beautifies us with salvation
As He has charged us to make known
His Gospel sent to every nation. 

How can a man be pure from sin? 
How can his heart be cleansed today? 
We give the answer found within
The Word of God that shows His way!

The Lord has shown to us the path
Wherein we find the rest He gives. 
Christ Jesus saves our souls from wrath,
Who died, who rose, and for us lives. 

Lord, we, Your people, are Your pleasure
Upon whom You have lavished grace,
And we have found in You our Treasure,
Our truest Friend, and Hiding Place.  

Monday, June 19, 2017

Supremacy of His Simplicity

"Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:  let them praise the name of the LORD: for His name alone is excellent" (Psalm 148:12,13).  "Be wise in thy latter end… The counsel of the LORD, that shall stand" (Proverbs 19:20,21).  "The prophets prophesy falsely… and My people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?" (Jeremiah 5:31).  "I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:3).   

Let men and maidens, old and young,
Now gather at our Savior's throne,
And let His praise on every tongue
Declare His excellence alone!

Though mockers in the earth arise
To scorn the Gospel we defend,
The Lord shall vindicate the wise
And judge the scorner in the end. 

Yet fools who choose to mock the Lord
Shall soon regret the end thereof
For all the grace that they ignored
When they refused our Savior's love. 

O Lord, the great supremacy
Of faith's unshakable foundation
Is found in the simplicity
Displayed in Your complete salvation!