Thursday, January 14, 2021

Of Firsts and Finals

Why is it that we He who is above all
and astonishes us to no end with wonders great and small

 Shepherd of My Soul

He does not ask more from us than that which He first provides 
He never bids us go but where His faithfulness presides 
He guides all those who seek Him first before footsteps advance 
Knowing our God is always greater than the circumstance 

He loves us, how He loves us while we learn love’s costly price 
Of offering our bodies as a living sacrifice 
For the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak unless 
We first seek the kingdom of God and this; His righteousness 

Obedience is better than sacrifice, says the Lord 
Happy are they who trust in Him and delight in his Word 
Forbid we dare to barter till we boldly disobey 
The Author of Salvation who has first and final say 

Finally, be strong in the Lord, the power of His might 
First put on His full armour to be equipped for the fight 
So that we can discern between truth and almost-truth, cursed 
That deceives us into thinking our ‘happiness’ comes first 

© Janet Martin

Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. 
Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for
“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”
6Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,
 that He may exalt you in due time,
  7casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

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