Wednesday, 26 November 2014

I LOVE THE FATHER (ii)

I love the Father for that name of grace
Encapsulates the virtues He displays;
Considering His counsels and His ways
I love the Father who secured a place
For persons such as me before His face.
I love the Father since in all my days
He cares for me; and all His thoughts amaze
The saints whom He enthralls by His embrace.

Since I am marred by fleshliness and sin
He has to chasten me and thwart me till
I love the Father for His discipline.

Since He has worked in patience to instil
His graces in me till they grow within
My heart, I love the Father for His will.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

I LOVE THE FATHER (I)

I love the Father for He gave His Son
For me; I love the Father for He gave
Innumerable blessings and forgave
Me through the worth of all that Christ has done.
I love the Father since He deigned to run
To welcome me as one brought from the grave;
I love Him since He wished to bless and save:
He blessed me in His well-beloved One.

Considering the graciousness that brought
My soul to Christ, whence I will never drift,
I love the Father for what He has wrought.

I love the Father for He makes me lift
My heart in praise, considering the thought
Christ has me from the Father as a gift.

Monday, 24 November 2014

NEW TESTAMENT

What grace of the Father
To invest me
With the Best Robe -
The measure of Christ's worth.

Who else but God
Could nourish me with
Exotic cuisine:
The Bread of God?

Love in the Giver;
Love in the Gift -
Each, the Lord and the Spirit,
God personally.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

OLD TESTAMENT

Jehovah Elohim
Condescended
To be a clothes-maker
To cover Man's nakedness.

The God of glory
Condescended to give
His recalcitrant prophet Elijah
Two breakfasts.

And the Rock - smitten once -
Was prepared to be
The nation of Israel's
Water-carrier.

Friday, 21 November 2014

MOUNTAINS

First, Ararat - God had established
New ground for man; then that mountain
Where He demonstrated the principle
Of sacrifice; at Horeb was founded
New covenant ground; and Zion showed
Mercy's sovereign rights; best things
Of the ancient mountains. But now
Christ is recognised in the mountain
Of legislation; is signified as Son
On the transfiguration mount; while from the great
And high mountain the assembly glory
Shines in its serenity: the precious
Things of the everlasting hills.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

THE SON OF GOD

Awake, my soul, and sing the praise
Of Christ, who lives to endless days,
The Son of God who died for me
In love and wisdom's glorious ways.

He who was rich and glorious
Came into poverty for us
And took my burdens, being thus
The Son of God who died for me.

The Son of God who died for me
Rose through His own inherent right
And through the Faher's rich delight
To justify me in God's sight.

Soon in the clouds I shall behold
The Son of God who died for me
And glories that cannot be told
In all their splendour shall unfold.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

THE FATHER'S VOICE

When first the Father's voice was heard
The tenor of His words referred
To His beloved Son,
And when again me heard His voice
It told who made His heart rejoice:
The same exalted One.