Saturday, July 22, 2017

Marvelously Manifested

"He hath showed me His marvelous kindness" (Psalm 31:21).  "That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.  Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, that I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth?" (Proverbs 22:19-21).  "Obey, I beseech thee, the voice of the LORD… so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live" (Jeremiah 38:20).  "God was manifest in the flesh… preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world" (1 Timothy 3:16). 

God's kindness is so marvelous  
Which He has shown through Jesus Christ! 
He gave Himself to rescue us
And for our sakes was sacrificed. 

How wonderful the Scriptures are
With things so excellent therein
To draws those near who once were far
Through Christ who saves us from our sin! 

"It shall be well", the Scriptures say,
For all who trust in Christ our Savior. 
Though many choose to not obey,
The meek who seek Him find his favor. 

How marvelously manifested,
O Lord, You are throughout the ages!
We preach Your Word which has been tested
And proven true through all its pages.  

Friday, July 21, 2017

Now Sing and be Not Silent

"Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of His… and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto Thee forever" (Psalm 30:4,12).  "The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD" (Proverbs 21:31).  "For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus; who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time" (1 Timothy 2:3-6). 

Sing praise to God, you saints of His,
And be not silent as you see
His faithfulness (How great it is!)
And His salvation full and free. 

We do not trust our preparation
For battle by our shield and sword;
The only hope of our salvation
Is found in Jesus Christ our Lord. 

How good is Christ, our God and Savior,
Who will have all men to be saved,
That He would die to offer favor
And ransom sinners so depraved! 

Lord, now we sing, and will not cease;
We are not silent, but recall 
That on the cross You purchased peace
And gave Yourself to ransom all.  

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Give Back as God Blessed

"Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty… glory and strength… The LORD will give strength unto His people; the LORD will bless His people with peace" (Psalm 29:1,11).  "The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head" (Proverbs 20:29).  "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.  Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth… a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on Him to life everlasting" (1 Timothy 1:15-17). 

Give back to God as He has blessed;
We give from what He freely gave. 
He gives His peace, His strength, and rest
To every soul that He will save. 

Let strength be given back in youth
To God as we are Spirit-led.
Let wisdom blossom forth with truth
As grayness crowns the hoary head. 

Give glory now, at any price,
To Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior,
Who died to be a Sacrifice
For sinners who obtain His favor.

What is our life, O Lord, unless
We give You back what You gave first?
We give because You chose to bless
And save our souls which had been cursed!  

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Listen or Lose

"O LORD my Rock; be not silent to me: lest, if Thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit… They regard not the works of the LORD, nor the operation of His hands" (Psalm 28:1,5).  "Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end" (Proverbs 19:20).  "Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to My words? saith the LORD" (Jeremiah 35:13).  "The Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil… and… direct your hearts into the love of God" (2 Thessalonians 3:3,5). 

God's Word is precious as we read
And He is speaking to our heart
With counsel that we surely need
For wisdom that He will impart. 

Neglecting God's Word has its cost!
His truth we daily need to hear,
Lest we be like those who are lost
When Christ-like living is not clear. 

How dangerous is the seduction
That wrestles with our hearts within
If we neglect our Lord's instruction
That daily cleanses us from sin. 

We thank You, Lord, that we may choose
To hear and to obey Your voice. 
We either listen, or we lose
Your Word's direction– by our choice.  

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Danger of Delusion

"Teach me Thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies" (Psalm 27:11).  "A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself… The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe" (Proverbs 18:2,10).  "I have pronounced the Word, saith the LORD" (Jeremiah 34:5).  "Because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved… for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie" (2 Thessalonians 2:10,11). 

There's danger everywhere today
With strong delusion on life's path,   
But God is teaching us His way,
Who has delivered us from wrath. 

Though fools throw caution to the wind
With no delight in understanding,
All those who know that they have sinned
Will run to Christ at His commanding. 

The Word of God announces danger
And shows us Christ, our Hiding Place,
But fools will meet God as a Stranger
Because they did not choose His grace.

O Lord, the danger of delusion
Is found in every place we look,
Yet in the midst of this confusion,
We preach the Gospel from Your Book!