Know that Your Redeemer Lives

To the tune Mo Ghile Mear

CHORUS:
Know that your redeemer lives,
See your sufferings as His boon,
He will intercede for His,
And in the flesh you’ll see him soon.

Brothers see what God has done:
Though we are worms yet He has loved,
He gave for us His only son,
And He made us fellow heirs of grace.

See the world the Lord has made,
His majesty throughout displayed,
His power still not there contained,
But it is a shadow of his face.

Though He smite me, I’ll obey,
With blessings when he takes away,
To better love Him day by day,
Even all His dealings I’ll embrace.

God may send down pain to you,
A call for your love to renew,
If you come not, then he’ll pursue,
And his love will never cease His chase.

See He slays the fleeing snake,
The ancient dragon he now breaks,
Leviathan in terror quakes,
And He even shakes death from its place!

This great earth – this hollow mold,
Will soon fall off, and you’ll behold,
God’s person in the flesh you’ll hold
In His marriage-consummated grace.

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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.

I Peter 3:13-17: Suffering

The evil day will come,
The dawn of persecution.
So how will you endure,
That dreaded institution?

You first must follow good,
The Christ be imitating.
For who would trouble you,
And stop the good you’re making?

And do not heed their threats,
Nor fear what they are fearing.
Through suffering, you’re blessed,
For Christ to you is nearing.

And set apart the Christ,
Within your hearts as holy.
Your God and sovereign Lord.
Acknowledging Him solely.

Be ready to defend,
To everyone the reason,
For always having hope,
Even in adverse seasons.

And keep you conscience good,
According to God’s standard.
And always do what’s right,
Ashaming any slander.

Remember you are blessed!
When people persecute you.
As long as you’re in Christ
His joy will constitute you!