Tuesday, 18 February 2020


Although in consequence of Adam’s sin
The calm and warmth of paradise was lost
They did not need to face earth’s wind and frost
Before God tailored for them coats of skin.

Because the Son of God was crucified

And bore for us the penalty and cost
Clothed in His worth His saints are justified.


Monday, 10 February 2020


But sin infected Eden: what a fall
Was there!  But there the serpent learned he’d feel
The righteous rigour of the Victor’s heel,
Because Jehovah’s hand was over all.

But he would bruise the heel of Woman’s Seed:
Christ’s sufferings were intimate and real
To liberate the grace that meets man’s need.

Saturday, 8 February 2020

GENESIS 2: 21-23

It was not good that Man should be alone
God saw, and knew that He must sow and reap;
And Adam saw, resulting from his sleep
His wife, derived from him in flesh and bone.

Thus Christ now has what answers to His heart,
Though both God’s counsels and His ways were deep,
In one prepared to be His counterpart.

This is the first of a few contemplations on the death of Christ as foreseen in the early chapters of Genesis.

Wednesday, 5 February 2020


(Written a long time ago; but still needed.)

Lord, as I watch this little lamb
I ask you first to shepherd me
Since as Thy wayward sheep I am
As prone to wandering as he'll be.

Help us to feed among Thy sheep
Where both of us will know Thy care;
Protect us, water us, and keep
Our footsteps from the lion's lair.

But he himself will need to learn
The way his Shepherd had to go
And in his heart himself discern
The reason for his Shepherd's woe.

Help him to learn the Shepherd's voice
And follow in the Shepherd's way
Till he will constantly rejoice
In what his Shepherd has to say.

And bring him safely home at last
Secure eternally from harm
Where no wolves roam and no winds blast
Within the shelter of Thine arm.

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Wednesday, 22 January 2020


We ponder with wonder
The steps of the Saviour
Admiring the grace of
The steps that He trod;
All led to Golgotha
Where "Christ ... has once suffered ...
The just for the unjust,
To bring us to God".

He came from the glory
To bring us to glory,
To meet our condition
And spread grace abroad,
We sing in God's presence
"For Christ ... has once suffered ...
The just for the unjust,
To bring us to God".

for Christ indeed has once suffered for sins, [the] just for [the] unjust, that he might bring us to God;

Thursday, 16 January 2020


When seeing Jesus in His dignity
Where His true faithfulness has been displayed
"Are not thine eyes upon fidelity"?

Feeling the buffets of adversity
What noble faithfulness Stephen displayed
When seeing Jesus in His dignity.

As you behold amid calamity
The Just One both forsaken and betrayed
Are not thine eyes upon fidelity?

See Stephen in his grace and purity
Face all man's hatred and be undismayed
When seeing Jesus in His dignity.

Seeing God's people's amiability
As walking in the path that Christ has made
"Are not thine eyes upon fidelity"?

Proclaim that grace that touched our  depravity
 And faithful saints need never be afraid
When seeing Jesus in His dignity.
Are not thine eyes upon fidelity?

See Jeremiah 5: 3: "Jehovah, are not thine eyes upon fidelity".  (JND Translation, which I usually use.)

Monday, 13 January 2020

Kingdom Poets (a blog by D.S. Martin): Edmund Spenser*

Kingdom Poets (a blog by D.S. Martin): Edmund Spenser*: Edmund Spenser (1552―1599) is considered one of the greatest English poets, for having glorified both England and its language through his e...