Tuesday, 30 April 2013
We, in baptism, have been buried with Him
And with Him too we have been raised in it;
God through His work is made free to forgive
And we with Him experience quickening;
If we have died with Christ how can we live
In ordinances and other earthly things?
If we are raised with Christ let our hearts lift
To heavenly things suited to where Christ sits;
Since we have died with Christ in God we’re hid -
Untouchable by any fear or sin;
When Christ is seen according to God’s will
We shall be with Him in His eternal bliss.
Monday, 29 April 2013
The things of Jesus Christ impinged on Paul
To the extent he counted all things loss
To gain the knowledge of Christ Jesus his Lord;
That excellency meant he rated dross
What he might be by nature or by law
Because he knew all ended at the cross.
Bondman of Jesus Christ he loved that bond
That in Christ’s day he might have his reward
But more that Christ through him should win applause.
He had the Spirit of Christ on which to draw
And that supply sustained through bitter wars.
The grace of Jesus Christ he left to all.
Sunday, 28 April 2013
Outside of Christ, unfathomable dark;
In Christ the fulness of all God could impart
To demonstrate the grandeur of His heart:
Chosen in Him before the worlds began
We have redemption in Him as God has planned;
We, in Christ Jesus, no longer are afar
Nor segregated by law or ordinance
But in Himself formed into one new man
And, through the cross, no longer forced apart;
Now in the Christ indelibly we’re marked
Having the Spirit, pledge of inheritance
Which here in Him, God’s favourite, we have.
Saturday, 27 April 2013
"Of good report", "of virtue" and "of praise":
Shepherds and angels proclaimed the holy Babe;
Evangelists were fervent to dilate
The good report of God come down in grace;
While now the Spirit rejoices to acclaim
Jesus the Lord in His exalted place.
Come to the world which His own hand had made
His virtue flowed even to where men lay
Weaker than weakness huddled within the grave.
Now virtue flows from Christ in majesty
Causing enlightened souls to celebrate
The Man by whom all men shall be amazed.
Friday, 26 April 2013
"Think on these things" - how amiable He was!
Seeing His grace how many souls were drawn:
Peter could say for Christ he had left all,
While Matthew hastened when answering His call;
The woman slighted the Pharisees' discord
That she might be near her beloved Lord;
And the brave women with the disciple John
Knowing His loveliness stood by the cross.
How amiable He is - the theme of song
Of myriads of souls whom He has bought;
But, more than this, eternity shall vaunt
How amiable Christ Jesus is to God.
Thursday, 25 April 2013
"Think on these things" - who was as pure as He?
He was not only, amid defilement, clean
But His approach made all defilement flee.
The spotless Lamb His cleanness made Him meet
To undertake unutterable grief
Being made sin ensuring our release
And giving God fresh reason to be pleased.
Now God delights in songs of His redeemed,
Themselves now washed, who in Him are relieved;
They love to follow wherever He may lead
Out of this earth into His own demesne,
Pure grace above, pure mercy underneath.
Wednesday, 24 April 2013
"Think on these things" - I think of Christ, the Just,
Who for the unjust has undergone the curse
Amid the weight of man's opprobrium,
Securing thus His just imperium.
Christ faced a ruler whose actions were corrupt
And like a lamb, in His defence, was dumb.
He will return to where His peace was spurned
And by His power all evil will be curbed.
His will be justice which no one will rebut
And no appeal nor pleading will disturb
Since under impetus of perfect love
He will decerne as the conclusive Judge.
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
"Think on these things" I think of Christ as noble:
Illustrious, in feeling and emotion
Within a world whose tenor was provoking;
Always refined, in action, thought and motive
Within a scene whose ambience was coarseness;
Within a scene whose atmosphere was boreal
His graciousness and tender warmth were copious.
Where human noise was dissonantly vocal
The Master's voice was dignified and cogent.
God found His life was a delightful odour
While now within a place that is harmonious
His stateliness conduces to devotion.
Monday, 22 April 2013
"Think on these things" I think of Christ as True
In every sense in which the word is used;
The Lord was faithful however men traduced
His righteous Name, constant though He was bruised;
No unconformity can be adduced
From Bethany to the discordant troops;
The hand that struck the chord found all in tune:
In every word He manifested good
And every act was in itself a proof
As He now is the majesty accrues
That Jesus Christ is, in Himself, the Truth.
I have taken a line from the magnificent passage of J N Darby:
In a word, then, His humanity was perfect, all subject to God, all in immediate answer to His will, and the expression of it, and so necessarily in harmony. The hand that struck the chord found all in tune: all answered to the mind of Him whose thoughts of grace and holiness, of goodness, yet of judgment of evil, whose fulness of blessing in goodness were sounds of sweetness to every weary ear, and found in Christ their only expression. Every element, every faculty in His humanity, responded to the impulse which the divine will gave to it, and then ceased in a tranquillity in which self had no place. Such was Christ in human nature. While firm where need demanded, meekness was what essentially characterised Him as to contrast with others, because He was in the presence of God, His God, and all that in the midst of evil, -- His voice was not heard in the street, -- for joy can break forth in louder strains when all shall echo, "Praise his name, his glory." Darby; Synopsis Leviticus
Sunday, 21 April 2013
If as a Man He never will ignore
Those who repent nor spurn those who implore,
Not only as a perfect Man He bore
Sorrows and sins and all that men deplore;
Not only as a Man could He restore
And add to all that had been God’s before,
Deliver us to that celestial shore,
Or be for us Shepherd or Friend or Door;
Jesus is God - blessed for evermore!
- And has a glory which no man can explore
Since it transcends sublimest human lore:
What can we do but worship and adore!
Saturday, 20 April 2013
O dark, dark, dark - irrecoverably dark:
Darkness that can be felt invests the land;
Darkness that can be felt encumbers man.
But we have light in which we are apart:
The Morning Star arising in our hearts!
The day is near - while we await its start
Jesus the Lord has this peculiar charm:
The Morning Star, brilliantly coruscant.
Among our pressures the Lord Himself imparts
To overcomers joys that are sure to last:
Imparts Himself so that, exuberant,
They praise Him as the Bright and Morning Star.
Friday, 19 April 2013
Behold the Lamb of God, taker away
Of sin by which the world has been debased!
Behold the Lamb of God whose graceful gait
Attracts the souls who follow in the Way!
Worthy the tender Lamb who stands as slain
Since by His sacrifice He overcame
And thus acquired an ambience of grace
Where His redeemed, as kings and priests, shall reign;
And thus acquired His wife with whom to share
His heart of love and an eternal place.
Worthy the Lamb whose fineness will engage
His own through this and every coming age.
Thursday, 18 April 2013
Behold the Lion, that of the tribe of Judah,
The One in whom king David’s line is rooted,
Who overcame through warring resolutely
And has secured God’s glory in its fulness:
Towards His God His victory is fruitful;
Towards His own His victory is goodness;
Towards the devil His victory is ruthless.
Since none withstand the Lion’s stately footsteps
Throughout the universe let praise be bruited
To Him who made this glorious revolution:
Toward His Name let praises be effusive
Since He has brought God’s counsels to conclusion.
Wednesday, 17 April 2013
You cannot trust what other men aver
Nor rest in what they strenuously assert,
But Jesus was the witness in Himself
Of everything He audibly expressed;
The Name of Jesus requires no epithet
Since in that Name God’s love is manifest
And in His life God’s heart is evident
Because obedience informed each step;
Where love grows cold and life becomes pretence
Faithful and true He patiently presents
His endless grace towards rekindling them:
He is the source and He is the Amen.
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Almighty God - give judgments to the King
And He will judge according to Thy will!
He will do justice to those whom sin afflicts:
By righteousness peace will flow from the hills;
He will descend as a delicious smirr
While grace and truth will both be flourishing;
Kings of the earth will render precious gifts
And all mankind will own His rulership.
Each day He shall be blessed: and He shall live
While corn shall pullulate from fertile tilth
Even upon the mountain’s loftiest ridge:
Seeing His glory let all the people sing!
See Psalm 72, "For Solomon"
'Smirr' fine misty rain (Scots)
Monday, 15 April 2013
If in his face and figure he was charming
While he was famed for deftness as a harpist
Both strong in soul and vigorous in action,
Before Goliath indomitably valiant
Feebly in this David portrayed the Master.
Christ has both charm of form and charm of manner;
In antitype He is the sweeter Psalmist
While our vile foe who brought us to disaster
Is now defeated and stripped of all his armour.
David secured an empire through his battles
But Christ secured God’s glory and our pardon:
He is a king whose crown is amaranthine!
Footnote to "unfading", "Or 'amaranthine,' the amaranth plant being an image of that which does not fade or wither. The sense is the same."
Sunday, 14 April 2013
Who should in truth be named Zaphnath-paaneah,
Who is not only the Saviour from all evil,
By whom the power of sin has been defeated,
As crucified where, spiritually, is Egypt
To bring His own into eternal freedom,
Not only He who has sustained His people
- His very flesh the food that has been eaten -
To keep them in another modus of being
But He who, come from God, is the Revealer
Of God’s great love and His abundant secrets
Which, till He came, were in profound concealment?
None could sustain this splendid name but Jesus.
Saturday, 13 April 2013
As God’s provision, the true Jehovah-jireh,
No angel’s voice could interrupt His dying,
No mitigation could ease His sacrificing:
He had to bear God’s judgment in its direness
And enter death to conquer it entirely.
So God secured for Him, the greater Isaac,
A heavenly bride appropriately highborn,
Agile for Him for so God was desirous,
Led by the Spirit and consequently lively.
Christ has a Bride, companion and admirer
In the broad place won safely from man’s violence
Where constantly she loves and magnifies Him.
Friday, 12 April 2013
Being no hireling He did not run away
And by His love, because He kept the faith
The mauling wolf was finally outfaced;
What was the cost? The Shepherd has been slain:
The sword of God against Him was awake.
Risen He works, showing the young His care,
Healing the sick, pursuing those who stray,
Leading the healthy where they may safely graze.
Lord, help me, as Thy sheep, discriminate
Thy Shepherd voice from voices that are strange;
Guide my thrawn feet far from iniquity
Into the flock of those enjoying grace.
'Thrawn' is Scots for 'twisted ... perverse ...'. Often used for someone who seems to be deliberately awkward.
Thursday, 11 April 2013
Jehovah helped His old repentant people
And by His thunder the Philistines were beaten:
They raised to God the rock of Eben-ezer;
Upon the sea, loving but doubting Peter
Exclaimed “Lord, help me” and was sustained by Jesus.
But this is not confined to history merely:
The Lord is near and gives His help to me now
As I can tell because of my experience -
I have Thy help in overcoming evil,
I have Thy help for shepherding and healing,
I have Thy help exploring heavenly regions
And for these things - how much Thy help is needed!
Eben-Ezer: "stone of help", 1 Samuel 7: 11.
Wednesday, 10 April 2013
What I required as thrall to sin and grief -
That one should be ransom for my release -
Thou, Lord, provided, giving Thy life for me;
What I required that I might have relief
By precious blood with which to be redeemed
Thou, Lord, provided, bringing me into peace;
What I required on which to drink and feed -
Thy blood to drink, Thy body as my meat -
Thou, Lord, provided, so that I am replete;
What I required - to quicken and to lead
Thou, Lord, provided, the Holy Paraclete:
Whatever I require I have from Thee.
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
Whilst wandering this bitter wilderness,
Whose sand abrades and by whose rock I bled,
Among dry thorns and evidence of death
I come to Thee because I need Thy help
To turn my feet from their disordered trends
Down Egypt’s way to pungent tastes and smells
My soul still craves when guided by my flesh,
Down subtle tracks forged to avoid the dearth
Whose termini would vitiate my health,
Or up the track that Hormah represents -
Fleshly essays at heavenly ascents -
Since I am lost without Thee as my Friend.
Monday, 8 April 2013
The Bride proclaims with joy: “Behold He cometh!”
Under His shadow her gracefulness will flourish
Helped by His sweetness from which she will be nourished.
She is His helpmate in this requiring nothing
But what the Spirit in grace has wisely furnished;
He is the Bridegroom and He is the Beloved.
Jesus is more than one who carries burdens
But One she knows as, in each aspect, worthy.
She knows His face, that it is white and ruddy;
She knows His voice, affectionately urgent;
She knows His heart since He revealed its wonders:
And she acclaims Him as “Altogether lovely!”
Sunday, 7 April 2013
His priestly order, that of Melchisedec,
Is intransmissible, and has no end,
Triumphant over the tentacles of death.
In priestly garb “Holinesse on the Head”,
Light and perfection cherished within the breast,
“Harmonious bells below, raising the dead”
To bear and lead them to lasting life and rest,
In heavenly blue - thus our true Aaron’s drest.
He has approached as perfect offerer,
His offering perfection of Himself:
In power of blood which He Himself had shed
He made the way into the holiest.
Saturday, 6 April 2013
God has secured an everlasting kingdom
And introduced another kind of kingship
By one who proved His every act was king-like
And demonstrated His expertise in kingcraft.
Jesus is King, true as no other king is
Because His blood establishes the King’s peace;
Grace is the salient principle of His kinghood
Through righteousness in which His rule is kingly.
And with Him rule the ones who are His kindred
Who know the Lord as their Redeemer-Kinsman -
Not merely His as simply fleshly kinsfolk
But made His own in an eternal kinship.
Friday, 5 April 2013
For we who are the members of the body
All things are ours - and who do we belong to?
We are the Christ’s, we happily acknowledge.
In love we will grow up to Him in all things
Who is the Head, the Christ, from whom the body
Builds itself up, increasingly responsive.
God gave the Christ to be Head over all things
For benefit, of His own church, the body
Which is the fulness of Him who will fill all things.
That He might have the primal place in all things
Christ is the Head of His own church, the body
For in Him dwelt the fulness of the Godhead.
Thursday, 4 April 2013
From where had been the Saviour's head and feet
The angels asked, "Woman, why dost thou weep?"
Without her Lord what was her life but grief?
The Risen One asked her, "Whom dost thou seek?"
And her response was proof her love was deep.
Then He said, "Mary" - ineffable relief,
Unending joy, and homage were released.
Secrets of love the Saviour now revealed:
That He had brethren - and Jesus had no need
To teach her who incorporated these;
That His own Father and His own God would be
Their God and Father through what He had achieved.
I had a brainstorm yesterday - this is out of sequence and posted already not long ago!
I had a brainstorm yesterday - this is out of sequence and posted already not long ago!
Wednesday, 3 April 2013
When God desired to promulgate His word
He, with a language to demonstrate His love,
Has spoken in the Person of the Son,
The Heir of all, through whom all things had birth,
The One by whom His glory is effulged
While of His substance the Son is the efflux.
Still all He was in all He has become,
A new relationship has now begun,
So that the Firstborn as brought into the world
Proved a fresh cause for angels to exult;
His place of glory exceeds them by so much
As His Name has a more exceeding worth.
Tuesday, 2 April 2013
Healed, but cast out, seeing, but sorely scorned
The man once blind was glad, but yet forlorn,
Till Jesus found him and it was his reward
To have revealed to him the Son of God
And homage was his instant true response.
On God’s behalf and come from God, Christ walked
Until His power displayed, while on the cross,
The Son of God to the centurion.
The time has come when all may hear His call:
Morally dead and spiritually lost
May wake to God raised and believing on
The Son of God, each moral problem solved.
Monday, 1 April 2013
As come from God but here on Man’s behalf
Christ usually called Himself “the Son of Man”.
Throughout the days He walked His pilgrim path
He was approachable to every class
And undeterred by nation, race or caste:
Syrophoenician or loathed Samaritan
Were beneficiaries of virtuous acts.
This is the One who has been seen to stand
Ready to act again from God’s right hand.
The Son of Man will soon be in command;
Coming in clouds of power He will take charge:
Men will enjoy His perfect governance.