Friday, February 10, 2017

Who Would Withhold His Word?

"Who can withhold himself from speaking?" (Job 4:2).  "He hath put a new song in my mouth… I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, Thou knowest…. I have declared Thy faithfulness and Thy salvation: I have not concealed Thy lovingkindness and Thy truth" (Psalm 40:3,9,10).  "The lips of the righteous feed many" (Proverbs 10:21).  "[Jesus] saith unto him [the healed leper], See thou say nothing to any man… but  he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter" (Mark 1:44,45). 

Now who would withhold the Lord's Word
From hearts that still need to be healed? 
The Gospel we joyfully heard 
Should likewise to them be revealed. 

Now who would inhibit our singing
With joy for our justification
Or silence the Gospel we're bringing
Conveying the way of salvation?   

The truth of the Gospel shall feed
The many to whom it is sent, 
Declaring the truth sinners need,
Which calls them to humbly repent. 

O Lord, like the leper who blazed
The message he could not withhold,
Our heart by Your Word is amazed
At tidings that ought to be told!  

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