Lord, it belongs not to my care

A great hymn by Richard Baxter (1681) that really puts life and God and Christ into a glorious perspective!

Lord, it belongs not to my care
Whether I die or live;
To love and serve Thee is my share,
And this Thy grace must give.

If life be long, I will be glad,
That I may long obey;
If short, yet why should I be sad
To welcome endless day?

Christ leads me through no darker rooms
Than He went through before;
He that unto God’s kingdom comes
Must enter by this door.

Come, Lord, when grace hath made me meet
Thy blessèd face to see;
For if Thy work on earth be sweet
What will Thy glory be!

Then I shall end my sad complaints
And weary sinful days,
And join with the triumphant saints
That sing my Savior’s praise.

My knowledge of that life is small,
The eye of faith is dim;
But ’tis enough that Christ knows all,
And I shall be with Him.

h’our dourves

The best part about going to a party at someone’s house, let’s say for New Year’s Eve, is usually the food!  The Super Bowl also is usually a great time with food and friends (that is if the Steelers don’t win).  The finger foods and h’our dourves are usually delicious and get you in the mood to socialize and have fun.  Good food at a party is often the warm up to having a fun time and a preview of good times to come.  God’s Word is similar to h’our dourves because they are a preview of what’s to come.  The Word of God is a preview of what God is like while we can’t see Him here on the earth so we have the Bible to show us what God is like and show us how much He loves us.  God has revealed Himself to humanity through the scriptures and the Word has revealed the glory of the Most High God.  As Christians we have a huge privilege to draw near to God through the reading of His Word.  The Word is a concrete entity worthy of praise. As the psalmist often says, “Who’s Word I praise”, the Word is a member of the Trinity and was with God before creation and has played His part in history by revealing the glory and character of the Godhead.  The Word is God and is with God.  The Word made a covenant with the Father and the Holy Spirit to be incarnated as a man to walk among the earth and to be born under the Law to redeem our fallen race.  When we think about Jesus, we think about the Word that we read.  They are one in the same. 

We have been granted a huge privilege to have been given the Word.  Whenever we read the Word join God in communion and peek at His glory and righteousness.  Basically, we have been given a glimpse of what our redeemed and glorified lives will be like when we attain perfection and reside with our Lord in heaven.  This side of eternity, the best we can get to this glorious experience is spending time in the Word.  But we often don’t take advantage of this privilege because we don’t recognize how important it is to our souls.  Brothers and sisters, I exhort all of us to fervently seek God by spending time in His Word because it is a fountain overflowing with love, grace, and mercy.  Within lies the power to forgive sin and live a life that is pleasing to God.  The Word is also the power of God to offer salvation.  I pray that we would refocus our vision to desire more and more of God’s Word!  God desires to refresh our souls when we are weary and to have us fall into His mighty hands in times of trouble. 

Psalm 50:15

“Call upon Me in the day of trouble;  I will deliver you and you will glorify Me”

As Isaac Watts says in his hymn “How Sad Our State”, God is our rest from trials, weariness, and sin:

To the blest fountain of Thy blood,
Incarnate God, I fly;
Here let me wash my spotted soul
From sins of deepest dye.

A guilty, weak, and helpless worm,
Into Thy hands I fall;
Be Thou my strength and righteousness,
My Savior, and my all