Everlasting Loving-Kindness (Psalm 136)

When God first formed the earth from darkest void:
When first the stars in choir sang for joy:
When primal light by His word was employed:
The loving-kindness of the Lord endures.

When morning sun awakes in breaking day:
When oceans crash in waves of foaming spray:
When Autumn frost on new-mown valleys lay:
The loving-kindness of the Lord endures.

When men of God were bowed in great distress:
When wicked cursed them, killed them, and oppressed:
When many sealed their martyrdom in death:
The loving-kindness of the Lord endures.

When some were served in pieces to the beasts:
When some were burned for what our Jesus preached:
When their dead corpses choked out every street:
The loving-kindness of the Lord endures.

When we are killed for preaching Jesus’ name:
When we escape to preach again the same:
When men convert or curse us to our shame:
The loving-kindness of the Lord endures.

When Egypt felt the very wrath of God:
When Babylon was smote down by His rod:
When Rome was razed unto the very sod:
The loving-kindness of the Lord endures.

When Lucifer was cast down from the stars:
When the Red Sea’s great waters split apart:
When Peter walked out free from prison bars:
The loving-kindness of the Lord endures.

When once we wandered in the wilderness:
When we were fed with bread from heaven blessed:
When God used pain to teach us righteousness:
The loving-kindness of the Lord endures.

When God the Son in death bowed down His head:
When earth and heaven trembled in their dread:
When Jesus rose victorious from the dead:
The loving-kindness of the Lord endures.

When He wrote our names in His Book of Life:
When he betrothed us as the Bride of Christ:
When we experience times of joy or strife:
The loving-kindness of the Lord endures.

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II John 1:1-6: Familial Grace

The Father saves the ones He loves,
To call elect from every nation.
And by foreknowledge, bought with blood,
With confidence in our salvation,
Are grace and truth forever yours,
As one whom God has spoken for.

And like a river running free,
The gospel given to your children
‘Til blooming like a mighty tree,
Two thousand generations bidden,
To worship for eternal years,
The Son on earth when He appears.

And those who grew in brokenness,
As children raised without a father,
Inherit yet God’s righteousness,
And they will drink from living water.
For roses in the desert bloom,
As fair as those the gardener prunes.

Before the Awesome Throne of God (I John 5:14-16)

Before the awesome throne of God,
In confidence we bring our prayer,
For in His will He listens well,
Our intercession finished there.
O saint! He always hears,
Your words have reached His ears.

Before the awesome throne of God,
We will for what our Father wills,
We wait and wish for Him to give,
As He has waited to fulfill.
Your Father loves to act,
Then never fear to ask.

Before the awesome throne of God,
We emulate our Savior’s grace,
To intercede as He has done,
And for our wayward brother pray:
Redemption then our plea,
For which we bend our knee.

Before the awesome throne of God,
When judgment comes upon all sin,
We can not pity those condemned,
But lovingly must side with Him.
The hardened rebel warned,
And given to the Lord.

Before the awesome throne of God,
My brothers, never cease to pray!
For know your prayer bears the strength,
To both withhold or bring the rain.
Oh, pray therefore for life!
Redemption born through Christ.