Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Defense against Deceit


"My defense is of God, which saveth the upright in heart" (Psalm 7:10).  "They that seek the LORD understand all things He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool" (Proverbs 28:5,26).  "The prophets prophesy lies in My name: I sent them not" (Jeremiah 14:14).  "In the knowledge of Him [our Lord Jesus Christ]… ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe" (Ephesians 1:17-19). 

Deceit shall have its consequence
In those who choose to go astray. 
The Lord Himself is our Defense;
His Word instructs us in His way. 

All those who truly seek the Lord
Shall learn to trust in Him alone,
But fools abound who have ignored
Eternal truth that God has shown. 

The prophets God had never sent
Perpetuate deceitful lies
Embraced by those who shall lament
Their willful choice to close their eyes.

O Lord, Your counsel is complete
With Your inheritance You give,
With Your defense against deceit,
And with Your grace whereby we live.  


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Give Glory to God


"O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for Thy mercies' sake… The LORD hath heard my supplication" (Psalm 6:4,9).  "My son, be wise, and make My heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth Me" (Proverbs 27:11).  "Give glory to the LORD your God, before He cause darkness, and… while ye look for light, He turn it into the shadow of death" (Jeremiah 13:16).  "God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world" (Galatians 6:14).

Give glory to God who has heard
And answered our prayer's supplication,
Assuring our hearts by His Word
That He has secured our salvation. 

Give glory to God for His joy
Whenever His children are wise,
For thereby the Lord will destroy
The snares of the enemy's lies.

Give glory to God while you may,
As long as you have any breath. 
The Lord calls the sinner TODAY
Approaching the shadow of death. 

O Lord, we give glory to You,
Embracing the cross where You died,
Amazed at Your love which we view
That draws us and purges our pride.  


Monday, June 26, 2017

Run the Race


"Lead me, O LORD, in Thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make Thy way straight before my face" (Psalm 5:8).  "The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets" (Proverbs 26:13).  "If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses?  And if in the land of peace… then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?" (Proverbs 26:13).  "Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?" (Galatians 5:7). 

The race to which we are assigned
Requires us to find our strength
In Jesus Christ in whom we find
His grace to run throughout its length. 

A lion may be in the way,
And enemies abound therein,
Yet we are called to still obey
To rescue souls yet lost in sin.

The Lord is calling us to run
With strength much greater our own.
We find that strength within the One
Who makes His glory in us known. 

Lord, thank You for abundant grace
Sufficient for the task at hand
As we are called to run the race
With strength You give for each command. 


Sunday, June 25, 2017

His Gospel is Good


"There be many that say, Who will show us any good?  LORD, lift Thou up the light of Thy countenance upon us… Thou hast put gladness in my heart… for Thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety" (Psalm 4:6-8).  "As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country" (Proverbs 25:25).  "Then the LORD said unto me, Proclaim all these words in the cities… and in the streets" (Jeremiah 11:6).  "When the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son… to redeem them that were under the law" (Galatians 4:4,5). 

How good is the Gospel we preach
That shines everywhere it is sent  
With light that will graciously reach
The sinners who truly repent.  

All those who are willfully blind
Will not understand what Christ said.
They see not the light He has shined,
Preferring the darkness instead. 

The good news is sent from above
Like waters which satisfy thirst,
Producing in us a new love
For God who has so loved us first. 

O Lord, when the due time was full,
You came as You promised You would
To rescue and ransom our soul;   
How truly Your Gospel is good!  


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Compassion on the Cursed


"Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God… But Thou, O LORD, art a Shield for me; my Glory, and the Lifter up of mine head… Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: Thy blessing is upon Thy people" (Psalm 3:2,3,8).  "It is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them… Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:  that the blessing… might come" (Galatians 3:10,13,14). 

It does not matter who has said:
"There is no help for him in God,"
For Christ, the Lifter of my head,
Has borne for me God's judgment rod. 

Let every liar be reproved:    
There is no other name or fashion
Whereby our curse can be removed
Apart from Christ through His compassion. 

We would be cursed, as it is written,
And great would be our endless loss, 
But Jesus Christ for us was smitten,
To bear our curse upon His cross. 

How great is Your compassion, Lord,
That found a way to save the worst! 
You gave Your life to thus afford
The way to bless those who were cursed!