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The Anointed One (poem)

The Anointed One

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Blessed Man of God’s Anointing,
Worthy Sovereign, Jesus, Lord:
He, the One, by Heaven’s appointing,
Is the Saviour of the world.
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Glorious King, Eternal Sovereign,
Stoops into Davidic Line,
Shoot from Jesse’s stump has blossomed,
Royal rights in Him combine.
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Offspring of the virgin Mary,
Mark the Holy writings true,
God Supreme, now dwells among us,
Seen in softer Human hue.
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Prophets bow, for He has spoken,
Greater Prophet than them all,
He, the Word, the Son, the Substance,
He, the “Amen” and the “All”!
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Listen, close, to words so tender,
Yes, so perfect and so true,
Friend and foe, alike must render,
Honour, for the honour’s due.
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Yet we see this King Rejected,
We behold the rabble’s scorn,
And we gaze in awful wonder
At a twisted crown of thorn!
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We behold the Prophet silent,
As they “hang him” on a “tree”
His own words, not nails, they bind Him,
For He said that so “must be”
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We now view Him, in the glory,
He is High Priest there for us,
Sprinkled is the blood of Jesus,
Our acceptance is a must!
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Righteousness and peace eternal,
Meet in this thrice blessed One,
Heaven, earth and realms infernal,
Will acknowledge God’s own Son.
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A Williamson 2011

Voice of the Voiceless

 

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O Lord, I do not have a voice,
In this sad world,
For, Lord, I did not have a choice
For this sad world

 

I do not know O Lord above,
In this sad world,
Why mother did not want my love,
In this sad world

 

She wanted not to see my joys,
To feed me, love me, give me toys,
To watch me grow with girls and boys,
In this sad world

 

But yet O Lord I’’ve come to You,
To this glad world
You’’ve given Me Your love so true,
In this glad world

 

I do not know, Father of Light,
In this glad world
But You’’ve made up and wronged the right,
In this glad world

 

I will not walk or run in Time,
But You have been my Friend sublime,
You gave me all I’ve missed from mine,
In this glad world.

 

I hope one day, my mum will come
To this glad world,
Will see me in my new bright home,
In this glad world
Will turn from sin to trust God’’s Son,
Will find forgiveness for her wrong,
Then I will say “Mum, welcome Home””
To my glad world

  On behalf of the millions of unborn babies, who found no protection in this life but are now in the arms of the Almighty. 

          A. Williamson  01/06/2012

 

 

“Tell it not in Gath…”

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There came a day in David’s illustrious life when he wrote a song that he had no joy in singing!  It was really a lament called the “Song of the Bow” and this composition eventually made it into the “Book of Jasher”, no longer extant. (2 Samuel 1:19-27)

David’s great enemy Saul, and his son Jonathan had fallen in battle to the Philistines and David’s heart wept for them. In this he certainly embodied the truth of Proverbs 24:17, “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles” (ESV).

Someone has put it like this. “To hate those who love you is Satanic, and to love those who love you is Human, but to love those who hate you is Divine”

David takes up the lament:

“Your glory, O Israel, is slain on your high places! How the mighty have fallen! Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon, lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised exult… How the mighty have fallen and the weapons of war perished!”

How sad it is when the enemies of God’s people can look among us and see defeat and failure in our midst! This was true in Corinth, “It is actually (or commonly) reported that there is fornication among you… and such fornication as is not even among the Gentiles” (1 Cor 5:1).  This brought great shame on the testimony. When we walk before the Lord may we be careful to remember our testimony before the world – they are watching. What a shame it is when you hear people say “he calls himself a Christian but…”!

From this dirge we learn:

1.      A lesson about Pleasure: “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls…” Proverbs 24:17.
2.      A lesson about Publishing: “Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon.
3.      A lesson about Pride: “How the mighty have fallen… How the mighty have fallen and the weapons of war perished”

 

I am the LORD, I change not…

What a statement! What a truth!

 “I am the LORD, I change not…” (Malachi 3v6)

This thought has comforted believers down through the centuries of time. The great Jehovah, the I AM – eternal, dependable and reliable. Never has there been a need for him to change His thoughts, update His views or revise His opinions. His purpose is unwavering and steadfast, His promise is unfailing and His character is unchanging!

I change, HE changes not,
The Christ can never die,
His love, not mine the resting place,
His truth, not mine the tie” – – Horatius Bonar

The question might be asked, how is God unchanging? Surely the Bible speaks at times of God “repenting” or “relenting”? Is this him changing?

The answer is profound and yet simple. When the Bible tells us about God being “unchanging” it is meaning that he always is consistant with His character. If God says that he will judge you because of your sins, it is because He is acting according to his righteous chacter – God punishes sin!  if God then forgives you upon your repentance, it might appear to you that God has repented (humanly speaking), he has changed his mind, but He is just acting consistantly with His Mercy and Love, praise God he doesn’t jettison his righteousness either, because the blood of Christ answers all his claims.

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Some have illustrated this by a Thermometer. It appears to be constantly changing. It is up and then its down, it is then up again! However it is really the surroundings that are changing, the thermometer is consistantly acting in accordance with its inbuild laws and character, it hasn’t changed at all even though it appears to!

This is a great comfort to every Christian. We will never waken up one morning and find that God no longer loves us. He is unchanging, he has pledged Himself to us. Yes, He is immutable. I’m so glad I ever trusted such a God!

It was battered and scarred… Just like us!

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'Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer
       Thought it scarcely worth his while
To waste much time on the old violin,
       But held it up with a smile.
"What am I bidden, good folks," he cried,
     "Who'll start the bidding for me?"
"A dollar, a dollar. Then two! Only two?
      Two dollars, and who'll make it three?"
      

"Three dollars, once; three dollars, twice;
      Going for three..." But no,
From the room, far back, a grey-haired man
      Came forward and picked up the bow;
Then wiping the dust from the old violin,
      And tightening the loosened strings,
He played a melody pure and sweet,
      As a caroling angel sings.
      

The music ceased, and the auctioneer,
      With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said: "What am I bid for the old violin?"
      And he held it up with the bow.
"A thousand dollars, and who'll make it two?
      Two thousand! And who'll make it three?
Three thousand, once; three thousand, twice,
     And going and gone," said he.
      

The people cheered, but some of them cried,
     "We do not quite understand.
What changed its worth?" Swift came the reply:
     "The touch of the Master's hand."
And many a man with life out of tune,
      And battered and scarred with sin,
Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd
      Much like the old violin.
      

A "mess of pottage," a glass of wine,
     A game -- and he travels on.
He is "going" once, and "going" twice,
    He's "going" and almost "gone."
But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd
     Never can quite understand
The worth of a soul and the change that is wrought
     By the touch of the Master's hand.
      


Myra Brooks Welch
 
How true was that with us? 
Perhaps there are some people reading 
this blog who don't really know the Saviour. 
He can change your life if you let Him. 
Turn from your sin and trust the Saviour today, 
He died for you and rose again.

The Church’s one foundation

You could call this a “time out” or a “drinks interview” in sporting terms. While I think of something to blog on!

 The ratchet effect of a new job, an ongoing study of Titus and some other things has squeezed the blog into the background.

So if you’ll reach for your hymn book we’ll sing…!

No seriously, I’ve really enjoyed this “big” hymn recently

The Church’s one foundation
Is Jesus Christ her Lord,
She is His new creation
By water and the Word.
From heaven He came and sought her
To be His holy bride;
With His own blood He bought her
And for her life He died.

Elect from every nation,
Yet one o’er all the earth;
Her charter of salvation,
One Lord, one faith, one birth;
One holy Name she blesses,
Partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses,
With every grace endued.

Though with a scornful wonder
Men see her sore oppressed,
By schisms rent asunder,
By heresies distressed:
Yet saints their watch are keeping,
Their cry goes up, “How long?”
And soon the night of weeping
Shall be the morn of song!

’Mid toil and tribulation,
And tumult of her war,
She waits the consummation
Of peace forevermore;
Till, with the vision glorious,
Her longing eyes are blest,
And the great Church victorious
Shall be the Church at rest.

Isn’t it wonderful to be associated with such a company! God is taking us out of the Nations – to Himself!

Do you remember what the Son of God said about the universal Church? He said:

“I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matt 16v18 NKJV) 

The Dignity of Man

I’ve got contemporary issues on the brain at the minute – evidently! Don’t worry it will soon wear off!

 Just was thinking today of the dignity that God gave to man (humanity)  which the animals never had. At the beginning of course man was placed as God’s Vice-regent (or Vicegerent) on the earth. He was given a place of authority and greatness. Read about it in Psalm 8. He was made a little lower than the angels, crowned with glory and honour, given dominion over the works of God’s hands and all put under his feet.

Man failed and lost so much when Adam fell, so in Hebrews 2v9 we read of man “But now we do not yet see all things put under him.” Then the writer lifts our eyes to the Lord Jesus. All the dignity of man will be brought back in one man, who is also God’s Son. Everything that man lost in his own failure, will be regained in HIM, the Man after God’s own heart. We read these word “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor…”

Humanity searches inside itself for answers, the cry is “search for the hero inside yourself” but that cry will end in the greatest delusion and disappointment for all answers are found in “the Man, Christ Jesus” (1 Tim 2v5) and in HIM are “hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”.

One day in this sad world, when He comes to reign, the words of Isaiah (32) will be fulfilled and man will have his dignity back.

“Behold, a king will reign in righteousness,
And princes will rule with justice. 

A man will be as a hiding place from the wind, 
And a cover from the tempest,

As rivers of water in a dry place, 
As the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.”

Gratitude not Attitude!

My dad once told me about a fellow employee in the office that he worked in. The worker had received a particularly unpleasant phone call from a member of the public. At then end when he set down the phone the worker said “It’s gratitude we want from you, not attitude”

Sometimes I feel that this can be a problem in spiritual things. If I’m having it hard for a few days, or things aren’t going the way I want them to, the unspoken thought can be “Why me?” “It’s not fair” etc

To save us from such an attitude, the Scriptures say “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” If we are genuinely doing this I don’t think we could hold a wrong attitude for long! Just think of what He has done for us!

We used to have a mug in our house. On the one side of the mug it said “Count your blessings…” on the other “Do it right now!”

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Refrain:
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings—wealth can never buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

Johnson Oatman, Jr., pub.1897

Whom He did foreknow…

 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”

Romans 8v28-30

These must be some of the most wonderful words in the Bible! I remember studying these verses and sitting back and reflecting on them with awe!

Think of it, believer, God had us in His plans from eternity. He had One Son Who was the delight of His heart, yet He wanted many sons like His own Son, that He might be firstborn (chief) among many brethren!

How glorious, we who once were rebels and far from God, hateful and hating one another – will One day be perfectly conformed to the Son of His love and nothing can stop this happening, we are eternally secure!

God of grace, who loved and knew me
Long before the world began;
Sent my Saviour down from heaven;
Perfect God and perfect man.
God of grace, I trust in Jesus;
I’m accepted as His own.
Every day His grace sustains me,
As I lean on Him alone.

Keith Getty/Jonathan Rea

Chosen not for good in me,
Wakened up from wrath to flee,
Hidden in the Saviour’s side,
By the Spirit sanctified,
Teach me, Lord, on earth to show,
By my love, how much I owe.

R. M. McCheyne