Thursday, 30 October 2014

PLACE

He has gone to prepare
A place.

He will receive us to
That place.

His Spirit brings light from
The place.

He will rejoice to share
His place.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

SATISFIED

When Man and Woman
Were thrust from the garden
The justice of God
Was satisfied.

When Christ walked on this earth
Serving in perfection
The glory of God
Was satisfied.

And when He bore our sins,
Made sin for us,
The righteousness of God
Was satisfied.

Throughout a dispensation
Of the Spirit and of faith
The grace of God
Has been satisfied.

He will rest in His love;
He will exult over thee with singing:
The love of God
Will be satisfied.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

INFLUENCE

Distressed and storm-tossed seamen found a berth,
And hungry found an answer to their dearth,
Under the influence of the Son of God
Rejected and a pilgrim on the earth.

The savage man sat calmly at His feet;
The stricken woman's healing was complete;
The girl was raised - and given food to eat -
Under the influence of the Son of God.

Under the influence of the Son of God
The eunuch went upon his happy way,
The Pharisee was brought from night to day,
And Gentiles yielded to the Spirit's sway.

God will secure Himself a universe
Under the influence of the Son of God
Where His enjoyed affections will immerse
His world, expelling all that is diverse.

Monday, 27 October 2014

THRONES

(Rev 3: 21)

What worthy accolade can we give
The Overcomer? None; it is beyond us.
But - blessed be His Name - the Father
Has made room for Him on His throne.

He awaits the Father's time, when He
Will take His own throne. There He will reign
One thousand years, the Ruler among men -
Just - as a priest upon a throne.

(1 Cor 15: 20-28)

And when the Son gives up the kingdom
To Him who is God and Father, and is placed
In subjection - will that diminish His glory?
No; it will, rather, glorify subjection.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

THE PREACHER

His face a fistful of character,
Clenched with the urgency of his message,
His folded hands a weather-scarred creel,
The preacher prayed.

His preaching begun -
The rising sun
Lights steeples,
Moves to chimneys,
Finally embraces the houses
In light and warmth
- His face lit.

His dialect love
He says “Come;
Come to Jesus”.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

STEPHEN

How splendid for the martyr Stephen
To see His Lord's glorification:
But there was something greater even
Than that: Christ saw his admiration!

Friday, 24 October 2014

ABBA FATHER


We often sing the line
Father, to Thee we now draw near,
Yet freshly thrill to find God thought this blessing should be mine,
And even more to apprehend it is to satisfy Gods heart that we are here.

We do not come alone -
With Christ the Firstborn to appear.
Each one has been a living stone drawn to the Corner Stone -
The Son who gives the character to all that has its part in Gods eternal sphere.

Since we are now His sons
The double portion we enjoy;
He chose before time was to draw us near as heavenly ones;
The Father gave His Spirit in our hearts which, in His presence makes our spirits buoy.

And now we know a place
Where endless praise our lips employ;
Warmed by paternal love as brought here by transcendent grace,
We magnify the Fathers glorious Name within a place where sin cannot alloy,

And Abba Father cry.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

RONDEL

He will be with His saints;
His saints will be with Him,
Beyond the present grim
Restrictions and complaints.

Recall, amid restraints,
When all around seems dim:
He will be with His saints;
His saints will be with Him.

Already He acquaints
Our souls with joys that brim;
More blest than cherubim,
As drawn by love's constraints,
He will be with His saints;
His saints will be with Him.