‚ÄúThou shalt guide me with Thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but Thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee.‚ÄĚ (Psalm 73:24-25)
Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus! Words: John Bakewell Tune: Love Divine - John Zundel
1. Hail, Thou once despised Jesus! Hail, Thou Galilean King! Thou didst suffer to release us; Thou didst free salvation bring. Hail, Thou agonizing Savior, Bearer of our sin and shame! By Thy merits we find favor; Life is given through Thy name.
2. Paschal Lamb, by God appointed, All our sins on Thee were laid; By almighty love anointed, Thou hast full atonement made: All Thy people are forgiven Through the virtue of Thy blood; Opened is the gate of heaven, Peace is made 'twixt man and God.
3. Jesus, hail! enthroned in glory, There forever to abide; All the heav'nly hosts adore Thee, Seated at Thy Father's side. There for sinners Thou art pleading, There Thou dost our place prepare, Ever for us interceding, Till in glory we appear.
4. Worship, honor, pow'r and blessing Thou art worthy to receive; Loudest praises, without ceasing, Meet it is for us to give. Help, ye bright angelic spirits, Bring your sweetest, noblest lays; Help to sing our Savior's merits, Help to chant Immanuel's praise!
The Right Way ‚ÄúAnd He led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.‚ÄĚ (Psalm 107:7) My soul, what are thy daily exercises concerning the way the Lord thy God is leading thee through a wilderness dispensation? Art thou convinced that it is the right way? What if it be a thorny way, a tempted way, frequently a dark way; yet art thou satisfied that it is the right way, because it is thorny, tempted, dark, and with numberless other exercises? This is the plan to judge by. And though, my soul, I trust thou hast grace enough given thee to see and know, in thy cool hours of thought, that whatever thy God appoints must be right, and His holy will must be done; yet there is an exercise of grace which goes much beyond these views of the subject, and which a believer is enabled to bring into practice, when he not only submits to a painful dispensation, but rejoiceth in it, because it is the right way. When he saith, I am afflicted; but afflictions are useful. I am in dark and trying circumstances; but these also are useful. I am buffeted by Satan; but this also I find to be right, because Christ is the more endeared thereby, and His strength is perfected in my weakness. My God is bringing me by a right way, to a city of habitation. Of this I am sure. And every step leading to the final attainment, is already marked by infinite wisdom, and provided for by infinite love; and Jesus Himself is with me through all the pilgrimage. Hence then, I conclude, that if at any time I am at a loss to see my way, to find comfort in my way, or if I am obstructed in my way, still it is the right way, because Jesus Himself is the Way, and His unerring wisdom is in the appointment. Oh for grace in lively exercise to be as satisfied now of all the dispensations concerning the church and people, as when of old, in the wilderness! The Lord is leading forth by a right way, to bring to a city of habitation, whose Builder and Maker is God. ‚ÄďRobert Hawker
***** Unreserved Confidence I would trust my God as unreservedly as Alexander trusted his friend, who was also his physician. The physician had mixed a medicine for Alexander, who was sick, and the potion stood by Alexander‚Äôs bed for him to drink. Just before he drank, a letter was delivered to him in which he was warned that his physician had been bribed to poison him, and had mingled poison with the medicine. Alexander read the letter, and summoned the physician into his presence, and when he came in, Alexander at once drank up the cup of medicine, and then handed his friend the letter. What grand confidence was this! To risk his life upon his friend‚Äôs fidelity! He would not let the accused know of the libel till he had proved beyond all disputes that he did not believe a word of it. Is not our heavenly Father in Christ Jesus worthy of even a grander faith? Shall I ever mistrust Him? The devil tells me, my Lord, that this affliction which I am suffering will work me ill. I do not believe it. Not for a moment do I believe it, and to prove that I have no suspicion, I accept it joyfully at Thy hands. I joy and rejoice in it, because thou hast ordained it, and I call upon Thee to make it work my lasting good. I will take bitter at Thy hand as well as sweet, and the gall shall be honey to me. If we act thus we shall be imitating the patience of Job. When his wife bade him curse God and die, what said he? ‚ÄúThou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What! shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?‚ÄĚ It seems to me we cannot glorify God better than by thus calling upon Him in the day of trouble, and thus showing that we do not believe ill of Him, or suspect Him either of error or unkindness. We go further, and are assured that infallible wisdom and infinite love are at the bottom of every trial which afflicts our spirit: thus we glorify the Lord. ‚ÄďC. H. Spurgeon ***** ‚ÄúBlessed is the man whom Thou choosest, and causest to approach unto Thee, that he may dwell in Thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of Thy house, even of Thy holy temple.‚ÄĚ (Psalm 65:4) ***** SCRIPTURE READING AM: Luke 24:13-32
Romans 8:34 ‚ÄúWho is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.‚ÄĚ ***** Lazarus' Resurrection Words By Gary Spreacker Tune to ‚ÄúOur God, Our...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
‚ÄúAnd He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.‚ÄĚ Revelation 19:16 ***** The Lord Our Righteousness 1. I once was a stranger to grace and to God, I knew not my danger; I felt not my load; ...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
A Savior All Divine Words By John Newton Tune to: Amazing Grace 1) Christ bears the name of all His saints, Deep on His heart engraved; Attentive to the state and wants Of all His love has saved. 2) In Him a holiness complete, Light and...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
With Broken Heart and Contrite Sigh Words by Cornelius Elven Tune to Just As I Am 1) With broken heart and contrite sigh, A trembling sinner, Lord, I cry. Thy pardoning grace is rich and free, --O God, be merciful to me! 2) I...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
God Knows ‚ÄúKnown unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world.‚ÄĚ Acts 15:18 He knows whom He chose and He knows whom He has redeemed. He knows whom He has called and whom He will call. He knows whom He has justified; He has not done...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Jesus, Engrave it on My Heart Author: Samuel Medley Tune: ‚ÄúDoxology‚ÄĚ 1. Jesus, engrave it on my heart That Thou the one thing needful art I could from all things parted be But never, never, Lord from Thee. 2. ...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
‚ÄúBut I will sacrifice unto Thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.‚ÄĚ Jonah 2:9 ***** All Hail, Blessed Savior Tune: ‚ÄėO Worship the King‚Äô 1. O what shall we do our Savior to praise, ...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Isaiah 40:1-2 ‚ÄúComfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD'S hand double for all her...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Engraved! "Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of My hands!" Isaiah 49:16 "Behold," says Immutable One, "I have engraved you on the palms of My hands." Not on the mountains, colossal as they are, for they shall depart; on no page of...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
‚ÄúEven as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute...[ abbreviated | read entire ]