The History of Rest (Hebrews 4:3-11)

The seventh day the Lord did rest,
Yet rest was made for man.
Perhaps of all God’s gifts, the best
Is rest. So see His plan:
How first the Sabbath God ordained,
For men to rest from work.
This, only faithful men obtained,
And was a type – the first.
And then He gave the Promised Land,
An other type of rest,
A land of fat – yet wicked man,
Still put God to the test.
He gave them kings to bring them peace,
And rest from all their wars.
Yet faithlessness would never cease,
But struggled all the more.
So God gives us another rest,
Redeemed in Jesus’ life.
This Sabbath now by far the best,
To rest by faith in Christ.
Why stand you faithless in the way,
In peril of the sword?
As long as it is called ‘today,’
Turn back now to the Lord!
Be diligent to serve His will,
And not as those who fell;
So enter heaven’s rest fulfilled,
And not be cast to hell.

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Deliver Me From Evil (Psalm 41:5-13)

My enemies expect my death, destruction of my name,
Disseminating lies and scheming scandals for my shame.
They’re misers of iniquity and men who hoard their sin,
My faithful friend who ate my food turned foe-man in the end!

O, dearest Lord, but You and You alone deliver me,
Give grace and get me up at once again Your call I’ll seek.
By this I know You heard my hollering for help and aid:
If these malicious men may never marshall troops in might arrayed.

I know that You deserve my praise, since You were pleased with me,
For You positioned me that You might hear my prayers and pleas,
You hallowed me and cleansed me of abhorrent calumny,
The Lord be praised in every age, amen eternally!

Salvation and Refuge (Psalm 37:32-40)

The wicked rage and rise,
Accusing righteous men,
But wait upon the Lord;
He won’t abandon them.
For He’ll flush out the wicked man,
His faithful few He’ll give the land.

I saw a mighty man,
New normal laws he claimed.
Again, I looked – he’s gone!
I could not find his fame.
But see, the blameless will remain,
That wicked man was shamed and slain.

Salvation comes from God,
To come through times of need,
Condemning those who sin,
While giving grace for free.
Make Him your refuge in the storm,
Embrace His law, and love your Lord.