Wednesday, 14 August 2019


(Numbers 13: 25)
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These figs - with the grapes,
And pomegranates -
Are fruit of the Land.

(Judges 9:10,11)

Whatever surrounds,
Observe in the fig-tree
Determination to produce
Its sweetness.

(! Kings 4: 25)
Security without anxiety:
Throughout the land dwell
Every man
Under his vine and fig-tree.

(1 Chronicles 12: 40)
Food on asses and camels,
Mules and oxen:meal,
Fig-cakes, raisin-cakes ...
Joy's hospitality.

(Proverbs 27: 18)
Who keepeth the fig-tree - 
Digging about it, labouring,
Putting dung - as reward
Shall eat the fruit thereof.

(Song of Songs 2: 13)
The winter chills,
The chill works
Within.  Sun revives;
The winter figs mellow.

(Isaiah 37: 21)
Even for an irruption
Of vileness from within
The plaster of figs
Provides healing.

Thursday, 8 August 2019


I slept. And my Beloved knocked. Alas!
That my response was not alacritous.
How unlike, Acsah springing from her ass,
Or Abigail, my moves were ponderous.
I rose to open but He had withdrawn;
I rose and sought Him but I found Him not.
I asked,where had my Well-beloved gone?
And went to seek Him since I was distraught

The watchmen wounded me. The daughters asked,
What He is like? And then He filled my gaze
With all His loveliness, and as I basked
In all His excellence I told His praise.

Blest Spirit, let me fix my eyes on Him,
And days will not be dull nor I be dim.

Saturday, 3 August 2019


When he heard the word “Look on us”

What did the lame man see? Two

Pillars before the temple, Jachin and Boaz.

A man, founded on the fact and joy

Of the love of Jesus: “He will establish”.

A man, weakened in his nature’s vigour,

Founded in this knowledge: “In Him is strength”.

So that if given power in the Name

Of Jesus Christ the Nazaraean, he still

Clung to that Lord’s conspicuous pillars here.

This refers to Acts 3 and 1 Kings 7: 21.

Wednesday, 31 July 2019


No one lived as Jesus lived

For He never once demurred
When He knew the Father's will;
Since His joy was to fulfil
All the details of God's word
No one lived as Jesus lived.

No one died as Jesus died
Since, despite the public shame,
He was shown to be God's Son;
And because His work was done
While He glorified God's name
No one died as Jesus died.

No one rose as Jesus rose
Since the glory of God's might
Brought Him scatheless from the grave;
Since He came with power to save
And emerged through His own right
No one rose as Jesus rose.

No one saves as Jesus saves,
For eternity and time,
To the uttermost extent;
Since in graciousness He went
To atone for every crime
No one saves as Jesus saves.

No one loves as Jesus loves
For He laid down His own life,
And He shed His blood for me;
Since He would not go out free
For His Master, children, wife
No one loves as Jesus loves.

(An old one re-posted)

Saturday, 27 July 2019


Stopping each time he passed that way to trace
God’s workmanship in river, tree and hill
The poet frequently renewed the thrill
Which toil and worry struggled to efface.
The horses which had pulled and stopped his chaise
Finally pulled his hearse; and they were still
As subject to their absent master’s will
When they arrived at that familiar place.

I have a Master who is absent, too -
In everything that I may say or do
Do those who know He is my Master find
That I am subject to my Master’s mind?
I can be thrilled with Him and can derive
From Him who, though now absent, is alive.

This refers to the poet and novelist sir Walter Scott: the view is here.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019


Paul’s fellow-traveller, he would have seen

Paul’s teaching, conduct, purpose, faith and light;

Among the fresh assemblies would have been

A sharer of Paul’s fatherly delight,

While as his fellow-worker he would share

His love, endurance and long-suffering:

Striving to conquer moments of despair

And finding Christ his help in everything.

But as Paul’s fellow-captive he endured

What Paul endured - the bondage and the storm -

Till by the grace of God he was secured

In safety - where Paul’s service made him warm.

Lord Jesus, help me till I hear Thy call

To move, and work - and be in bonds - with Paul.

Saturday, 13 July 2019


If you have died with Christ to this world’s features      (Colossians)

Why still submit to what mere men command?

If you are raised with Christ raise up your thinking

To what concerns the Man at God’s right hand.

If we hold fast the boldness and the hope                     (Hebrews)

We are the house of God, moved by the Son;

If we maintain assurance to the end

We are become companions of that One.

If you love Jesus you will keep His word                        (John)

And give the Father an abiding place;

If someone else abides till Jesus comes,

Leave that to Him, follow, and grow in grace.

A re-posting

Wednesday, 10 July 2019


Where the water flows,
A broad fertile river
Rich with food and oxygen,
The fish prosper; ye are truly
My disciples if
Ye abide in my word.

Where phloem and xylem
Convey both nutrients and moisture
From core to shoot, fruits fruit:
Abide in the
True Vine.

Breath in an atmosphere,
All freshness, all quickening,
savoured with divine perfume:
As the Father has love me, I also
Have loved you:
Abide in my love.


Tuesday, 2 July 2019


So I did sit and eat the grand repast
      Which Love had kindly spread;
First love gave me roast lamb to break my fast,
      Adding unleavened bread
And bitter herbs; no other food surpassed
      The meal on which I fed!

And Love had brought me to His house of wine
      While Love became my banner:
The richness and variety was fine
      Because Love was the planner;
The apples and the raisin-cakes were mine
      And all served in Love's manner.

Love having drawn us till we would not roam,
      By Love's unfathomed art,
Asked, "Have you any food?"; we were at home
      And so we gave Love part
Of a broiled fish, and of a honey-comb,
      To satisfy Love's heart.

This is a reaction to the great George Herbert's poem Love (III):

Love bade me welcome. Yet my soul drew back
        Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
        From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning,
        If I lacked any thing.

A guest, I answered, worthy to be here:
        Love said, You shall be he.
I the unkind, ungrateful? Ah my dear,
        I cannot look on thee.
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
        Who made the eyes but I?

Truth Lord, but I have marred them: let my shame
        Go where it doth deserve.
And know you not, says Love, who bore the blame?
        My dear, then I will serve.
You must sit down, says Love, and taste my meat:
        So I did sit and eat.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019


See how apt the old rhymes:
The One who loved me
Set me free.

For the Son of God
Humbly trod to the place
Where God's judgment-rod
Wreaked justice.

All was in grace; we love to trace His path
When His face was set
To the cross where He died.

He was crucified;
He is glorified
I am justified: the rhymes
Neat as a glove.

For all was in love
High above our thought; rest now
For the dove's feet!


Monday, 17 June 2019


When I was as impoverished as a beggar in a ditch

The Son of God came up to me, raised me, and made me rich;

He gave me treasures far surpassing all that I had lost

And told me in His grace that He Himself had borne the cost.

When I came to the Father, impecunious and distressed,

He welcomed me, He kissed me and He clothed me in the best;

He took away the filthy rags worn from the distant land

And gave me sandals for my feet, His ring to deck my hand.

The Holy Spirit has the wealth of heaven in His care

Available for all the saints who own Christ Lord to share;

He decorates and dignifies the features of the bride,

Then helps her grace the place that she will have at Jesus’ side.

Now unto God who made us rich, whose giving is immense,

There rises our responsive praise, our nard and frankincense;

To Him who is the source of all we gladly bow the knee

And willingly acknowledge “of Thine own we give to Thee”.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019


Learning daily more
Of "the faith of Jesus Christ",
'It makes one's heart bound'.

Considering the perfect Bondman
'It makes one's heart bound'
By the bands of a Man.

'It makes one's heart bound'
To a heavenly land to be
Accepted in Christ Jesus.

Friday, 7 June 2019


For the work of God
We must be weak, that the strength
May be of Himself.

Wheaton             18 May 2019
(See JND Vol 25 p 43)

Monday, 3 June 2019


Next time we’re in America
Perhaps we’ll go
Across the fertile prairie-land
To Idaho
To see the ripening corncobs
Underneath blue skies:
But only if the Lord will
And the creek don’t rise.

Or maybe take the highway
On the northern fork
Until we reach the Atlantic
And we see New York
And end up with the folks there
To our own surprise:
But only if the Lord will
And the creek don’t rise.

Or maybe take the south fork
To the sands and sun:
To see the folks in Florida
Would be great fun,
To chase the alligators
Or the butterflies
But only if the Lord will
And the creek don’t rise.

Wheaton             17 May 2019

Try the tune “All Granny left me was her old armchair”!

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Kingdom Poets (a blog by D.S. Martin): Ann Griffiths

Kingdom Poets (a blog by D.S. Martin): Ann Griffiths: Ann Griffiths (1776—1805) is a Welsh hymnwriter who, as a young woman, was deeply influenced by the Methodist Revival. There are no pictures...

Thursday, 30 May 2019


Jesus was baptised and praying
When His public path began
For dependence is the essence
Of the perfect Man.

Jesus praying is the Person
No one could be finer than
For dependence is the essence
Of the perfect Man.

Test the oblation in the oven
Or the cauldron or the pan
For dependence is the essence
Of the perfect Man.

How distinctive to the Father
Was the patient track Christ ran!
For dependence is the essence
Of the perfect Man.

Wheaton             15 May 2019

The refrain is a quotation from J N Darby

Monday, 27 May 2019


(Christ in Luke’s Gospel)

The sinless One came to take His place
With sinners: repenters: so that His part
Was with the righteous. With them, baptised,
But distinguished as being noted
As praying: and therefore the One
Heaven’s deed and voice could endorse.

Servant, He took His place in the desert, praying.

Desiring others to have part as servants
He directed to God a night of prayer.

So He prayed alone, but in the presence
Of those disciples whom His presence taught
He was none less than the Christ of God.

He went up to the mountain to pray
And there the fashion of His face
Became different: while even His clothes
Became resplendent.  With such glory
He could venture the Jerusalem road.

He prayed in a certain place.  Then ceased
And His disciples desired His teaching
To pray.  So the teaching Priest showed
That prayer best starts with God’s glory.

Before sin marshals its greatest
Intensity; before God’s judgment’s
Intensity, the perfect Man bows in
Intensity of prayer at the mount of Olives:
A perfect human will repulsed by
The looming intensity the perfect Man
Subjects Himself to Another’s will.

Indianapolis        13 May 2019

Luke 3: 21
Luke 5: 16
Luke 6: 12
Luke 9: 18
Luke 9: 28
Luke 11: 1
Luke 22: 44

Thursday, 23 May 2019


Lord and Saviour, "Thou didst love us"
And didst come to save,
And the way of love has brought Thee
To the cross and grave;
All the work that love laid on Thee
Thou didst then fulfil:
"Thou hast loved us; Thou dost love us,
Thou wilt love us still".

Lord and Shepherd, "Thou dost love us"
On our pilgrim way;
Love supports us through the night time,
Guides us through the day:
Love delights to see us flourish
As we do God's will:
"Thou hast loved us; Thou dost love us,
Thou wilt love us still".

Lord and Bridegroom, "Thou wilt love us"
Till our path is done,
And Thou still wilt love in heaven
Every gathered one:
We will know, through endless ages
Love's eternal thrill:
"Thou hast loved us; Thou dost love us,
Thou wilt love us still".

The words in quotes are from a dear brother as he gave thanks for the emblems at the Lord's supper.


Thursday, 9 May 2019


Lord Jesus, Saviour, serve us
Mid sins that might infect us,

From which we might receive ill;

And make us really free;

Preserve us;

Protect us;

Keep us from evil;

Help us to walk with Thee.

Sunday, 28 April 2019


            God is intimately interested in you.  He is interested in your thoughts and your attitudes, in your actions and your motives.  He is interested in your well-being in the present and in the future. He is interested in whether you are happy and in whether you are peaceful.  And He is interested in your needs – which He knows much better than you do!
            What is the source of this interest?  The source of it is His love for you.  He wishes that you should be happy and peaceful, and that your needs should be met.
            A great cause of unhappiness and lack of peace for any of us is our own wrongdoings.  Every person has a conscience and knows when he or she does wrong.  These sins make people unhappy – although they may try to clear this from their minds by entertainment or work – firstly because their consciences work, and secondly because they are worried about future judgment for these sins.
            God knows that the greatest need you have is to have your sins dealt with.  He has provided the answer to this need.  Being absolutely righteous and holy He could not simply forget, or overlook, your sins.  From your side you could not be happy if He did, because they would remain on your conscience and you would be afraid they would be raised again.  The way God has used to deal with sins is by the work of the Lord Jesus Christ – a work that is so complete that it is sufficient for every person. 
            The Bible tells us:
            For God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten
            Son, that whosoever believes on him may not perish, but have
            life eternal”, John 3: 16
            Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”, 1 Timothy 1: 15
and also,
            Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures; and …
            he was buried and … he was raised the third day, according
            to the scriptures; and … he appeared to Cephas (Peter), then
            to the twelve”, 1 Corinthians 15: 3-5.
            Christ Jesus came into the world for the purpose of saving sinners. He did this by bearing in His body on the cross the sins of all who trust in Him, and by bearing the penalty of death.  His blood was poured out and God is now able to be favourable to every person – and to you personally – because Jesus, the perfect Sacrifice, has completed that work.  As the scripture quoted says, Christ not only died but was buried and was raised the third day, and He is willing and “able to save completely those who approach by him to God”, Hebrews 7: 25.  The Lord Jesus is a living Saviour who “has sat down on the right hand of the throne of the greatness in the heavens”, Hebrews 8: 1.
            So what have you to do?  Accept that in the sight of God you are a sinner who needs a Saviour, and accept the work that Jesus has done on your behalf.  You cannot do anything to blot out your sins or to remove their effects – God could not accept your attempts.  You do not need to make any attempts.  By believing in the Lord Jesus you will be satisfying all that God requires; He is just and justifies everyone who believes on Jesus.  The offer of salvation is free and complete and you can have both your conscience and heart cleared of sin.
            Perhaps you would like time to think about it.  You do not have time.  We live in a world of violence.  And death is our constant companion during life.  You must be certain now!
            Not only this, but the offer will not always be open.  God “has set a day in which he is going to judge the habitable earth in righteousness by the man whom he has appointed”, Acts 17: 31.  To be certain of eternal salvation you must trust in the Lord Jesus now, accepting Him as your own Saviour.  It is your only hope, and no one can do it for you.  If you find yourself 'judged in righteousness' you will have only yourself to blame.  Make your eternal position sure immediately.
            God has many other blessings He wishes you to enjoy, but before you can enjoy them you must first know that you are saved, that your sins are forgiven.  God will give the Holy Spirit – who will give guidance into the enjoyment of all those blessings – to those who obey Him, to those who ask.  My hope is that you will seize this opportunity of coming to know Jesus and enjoying peace and happiness, so that you may enter into these fuller blessings. 

D C Brown

Thursday, 25 April 2019


"Dwell in the land and feed on faithfulness"
In Christ whose steps in patient grace display
That evenness of spirit in each day
Which only His obedience could express.
And feed on Him who, if He came to bless
Must bear the burden of our sins away,
And is again, if we should go astray,
Our source of peace and grace as we confess.

Together let us feast upon the Lord,
Whose fullest savour is for God alone,
Whose strength and love form strength and love in us;

Consider too God's pleasure is toward
His saints whose love for Him makes them "well known",
Formed into one, and also glorious.


Written during a weekend considering the food of the priests: the oblation, the sin-offering, their own parts of the peace-offering, and the shewbread.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019


There's nothing like the cross
On which the Saviour died,
Where God was glorified.

In all the Saviour's path
There's nothing like the cross
Where He endured God's wrath.

So those who trust His name,
Enthralled by Him exclaim,
"There's nothing like the cross!"

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Friday, 12 April 2019


As Paul attempt to counter grace with force
"God intervenes and stops him in his course";
The light of God which shines in Jesus face
Displays the overwhelming force of grace.

Saturday, 6 April 2019


We see the love displayed by Christ,
With reverence observing
The One who came to be with us
To spend His time in serving.

His grace has served our fevered state
To bring in regulation;
His love has served to cleanse our feet
To give us liberation.

How blessed is the way He serves
The saints His love was seeking
And clears the way into His thoughts
By His prophetic speaking.

A prophet's character was seen
In such a man as Moses;
But all is superseded by
What Jesus Christ discloses.

The Man who walked a priestly path
To help us in our weakness
With a new priestly order sits
In glory and uniqueness.

Throughout our times of doubt and tests
His priestly grace sustains us;
While in response to God, in love,
His priestly love maintains us.

A King shall reign in righteousness
As He whom God appointed,
Whose character of royalty
Is fit to be anointed.

Yet having served as Prophet, Priest,
And Sovereign, in perfection
Eternally the Son shall show
The glory of subjection.

Monday, 1 April 2019


Did the bondman Paul
Smile wryly as he ennobled
The Roman wounds
To "the brand of the Lord Jesus"?      (Gal 6: 17)

Of Paul the prisoner "with
A chain when he enhanced it
To an ambassador's insignia,
Ironically?                                             (Eph 6: 20)

Or the apostle when he honoured
Rome's persecuted as "those
Of the household of Ceasar"?                (Phil 4: 22)

No jail could reduce
The "prisoner of the Christ Jesus",
"The prisoner of the Lord" to
A mere prisoner of Rome.                     (Eph 3:1; Eph 4: 1)