- Written by Kent E. Heaton Sr
I love the Lord because of all the things in life that I cannot understand, He helps me to understand. My frailty in life is measured by my inability to be the kind of person I should be and yet He loves me still. He knows that I am trying and although I fail to understand how He could continue to forgive me, He does.
To love the Lord is to ponder His love and grace. I come so short of the glory of His life and as Paul said of himself, I am "sold under sin." Those things I should do, I do not - those things that I hate and know I should not do, I do. The battle in my mind and soul rage with the conflict of the good that seeks to dwell there and the evil that wants domination. My inward man delights in the law of the Lord yet Satan seeks to fill my inward man with evil. As this battle fights in growing conflicts and I fail my Lord and come to Him in repentance, His loving hand wipes away the tears and His tender voice dispels my fear and forgiveness is granted.
I love the Lord because He is patient and longsuffering. It is unmerited and undeserved but His love is beyond all comprehension of man. His love is eternal and His grace abiding as I seek His paths. He gives me such clarity of mind to learn more of His will so that I may be stronger in my battles. A new day arises and the warmth of His presence overshadows my life and I am humbled. I love the Lord because He has been so good to me.
The relationship of love is one of closeness and intimacy. He loved me so much that yet before I was born He suffered cruelly on a miserable stock of wood that I could be happy in Him. My sin and my frailty is the reason He suffered and died on the cross. To look back and see the scene of death 2000 years ago and know He did that for me - me - is to bow in humble obedience and thankfulness because He loved me so much. I love the Lord because he offered salvation to me.
Life is filled with pain, sorrow, tears and difficulty. I love the Lord because He makes the journey of sorrow here in this time to be measured by the glory that is to be revealed when He returns. Life is only a glimmer in the flash of life when compared to the eternal home He made ready for me. I love the Lord because a place is established that in death we may not find emptiness but the fullness of His Father. Death is no longer a fearsome moment but an event that transcends our lives to a better place. In the brief moment of death the complete love of the Father exalts itself as in His presence we stand.
With wide-eyed wonder we behold the face of Him in whom we have never seen but only through eyes of faith. In trembling tones of love we bestow our feeble lives before the throne of His Father and lift up voices of praise to Him who loved us so much that He would send His only Begotten Son to die for me. I love the Lord that I may see His face and see His Father and the glorious Spirit that was given to me in obedience of the gospel. To dwell forever more with the Heavenly host and sing praises around the mighty throne is incomparable to any sorrow I may have in this life.
I love the Lord as He gives me peace not attainable from the mind of men. The peace that passes understanding guards my heart and my mind in the body of Christ. I love the Lord as His arms of protection and love surround my life. I love the Lord for all the things He has given me. I love the Lord because He has taught me how to depend on Him. I love the Lord.
(Investigate your own heart. Do you love the Lord? Our actions will speak louder than our words. DLH)
- Written by Wayne S. Walker
"Wherefore He is able also to save them...seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them" (Heb. 7:25).
A song that encourages us to come to the cross of Jesus who is the one who makes intercession for us is "Kneel At The Cross" (#562 in our books, DLH). The text was written and the tune was composed both by Charles E. Moody (1891-1977). I have been able to find no further information about Moody or the origin of the song. Most older books say that it was based on a "theme suggested by Rev. Sam Hair" and copyrighted by Moody and Sebren in 1924, so that is the date that is usually given to it. However, newer books say that it was copyrighted in 1938 and then renewed in 1966 by the Stamps-Baxter Music Co. The 1938 date could be when the copyright was transferred to the Stamps-Baxter Co. However Stamps-Baxter was notorious for taking songs written by others, giving their own arrangement to them, and then copyrighting them as their own.
- Written by Herbert Matthews
This is the title of song that most of us know and love, but it presents some very profound thoughts about our sanctification (holiness) as part of our being a Christian.
Hebrews 12:14 clearly instructs one to “pursue holiness”, therefore, if such a pursuit is diligent, it will take time. As this song implores there needs to be a dedicated effort in our life to take time out of our life to be holy.
- Written by Shane Carrington
The town desperately needed a new bridge. The old one was in disrepair. So a qualified architect made drawings.
The plans looked like a work of art. Obvious skill went into their design and drawings. The one who drew them was not only well-educated in bridge-building, but he was also quite imaginative.
Many came to view these marvelous plans. They gasped in amazement at the skill of the designer. The plans were never intended for use, mind you. They were simply for show. And while a bridge was desperately needed, no bridge was ever built from them.
- Written by David Thurman
Our world seems to take delight in bashing men. It is not fashionable to be a man, a husband or a father. As such, it is getting harder and harder to be a man, a husband or a father.
Fortunately, those of us who believe in God have a role model in the Father of mankind. We can look to the perfect Father in heaven and learn how to be faithful followers in our world today.