I Peter 5:5-7: Humility

Gird yourselves as slaves,
Bravely take the plunge,
Humility of mind,
To each and everyone.
For God His host arraying,
Is ever pride dismaying.

Surrender to His grace,
Placing Him as first,
Humble to His hand,
Obedience converse.
That soon the Lord’s Anointed,
Exalts you when appointed.

In every thing give thanks,
Banking on this word:
This is the will of God,
His mighty hand concurred.
His hand is always guiding,
All those in Him abiding.

If you would mighty be,
Fleeing first you fall,
Till nothing you achieve,
Before He gives you all.
Like David, Job, and Jesus,
Humility must seize us.

Cast on Him your cares:
Tares will be removed,
Anxiety be damned!
Sin, criminally proved.
You’re less concerned and worse than,
Your God cares for your person.

God knows all your hairs,
Caring for your tears,
Measured all your tossing,
Written clean and clear.
Will you be humble wholly,
Since God cares for you fully?

I Peter 5:1-5: Shepherds Under Christ

Now fellow elders listen,
My exhortation heed,
For I witnessed Christ’s death,
And glory that He leads.
You elders as you guide the church,
And council give, and wisdom search,

You, elders, feed the flock!
As pastors, pasture well.
This foremost of commands,
All heresy dispels.
Yet do not lead compulsively,
Spurn lucre, and serve eagerly.

And do not rule by fear,
Political intrigue,
Yet humbly through your life,
And by example lead.
So when our Savior Christ comes down,
Then we will all receive His crown.

And younger men submit,
To elders, without pride.
Humility your clothes,
The Spirit then will guide.
Since “Proud men God will waste with war;
For humble He holds grace in store.”

I Peter 4:12-19: Splendid Suffering

When persecution’s fires burn,
Then do not be surprised.
For suffering is good for you,
Instead it should be prized.

Rejoice and sing and jump for joy,
Partaking in Christ’s pain.
So when His splendor is unveiled,
Exceeding joy we gain.

Beloved, know that you are blessed,
When men reproaches raise,
For this in them is blasphemy,
But you to God bring praise.

Let none of you suffer for sin,
No murder, theft or snoop.
And keep each other blameless, too,
Let no one guilt impute.

Unless you suffer for your faith,
Then do not be ashamed,
But praise the Lord for this dread test,
For God will hold no blame.

For judgment starts within the church,
That we are purified,
Then everyone will feel God’s wrath,
Who are not of His bride.

If righteous men are scarcely saved,
How will ungodly stand?
Align yourself, therefore, to Christ,
His will is your command.

And so within your Savior rest,
Though torture claim your life,
For God is faithful to create,
Redeem, rebuild, revive.