poetry & praise
Christian Poetry Collection 3
compiled by Stephen Ross


In Heavenly Love Abiding

In heav'nly love abiding,
No change my heart shall fear;
And safe is such confiding,
For nothing changes here.
The storm may roar without me,
My heart may low be laid,
But God is round about me,
And can I be dismayed?

Wherever He may guide me,
No want shall turn me back;
My Shepherd is beside me,
And nothing can I lack.
His wisdom ever waketh,
His sight is never dim;
He knows the way He taketh,
And I will walk with Him.

Green pastures are before me,
Which yet I have not seen;
Bright skies will soon be o'er me,
Where darkest clouds have been.
My hope I cannot measure,
My path to life is free;
My Savior has my treasure,
And He will walk with me
  —Anna L. Waring


The Glory of That Light

And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus. Acts 22:11

I was journeying in the noontide,
  When His light shone o'er my road—
And I saw Him in that glory—
  Saw Him—Jesus, Son of God.
All around, in noonday splendor,
  Earthly scenes lay fair and bright—
But my eyes no longer see them
  For the glory of that light.

Others, in the summer sunshine,
  Wearily may journey on—
I have seen a light from heaven,
  Past the brightness of the sun;
Light that knows no cloud, no waning,
  Light wherein I see His face—
All His love's uncounted treasures,
  All the riches of His grace.

All the wonders of His glory,
  Deeper wonders of His love;
How for me He won, He keepeth,
  That high place in heaven above.
Not a glimpse—the veil uplifted—
  But within the veil to dwell,
Gazing on His face forever,
  Hearing words unspeakable.

I have seen the face of Jesus—
  Tell me not of aught beside;
I have heard the voice of Jesus—
  All my soul is satisfied.
In the radiance of the glory,
  First I saw His blessed face,
And forever shall that glory
  Be my home, my dwelling-place.

Sinners, it was not to angels
  All this wondrous love was given,
But to one who scorned, despised Him,
  Scorned and hated Christ in heaven.
From the lowest depths of evil,
  To the throne in heaven above.
Thus in me He told the measure
  Of His free, unbounded love.
  —Author unknown


God, the Great Giver

He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Romans 8:32

With joy and with gladness we live out our days;
God's true loving-kindness compels us to praise;
He crowns us with merices—amongst them our food;
Surrounds us with blessings, both pleasant and good.

He gave us His Son that through Him we might be
Rescued from ruin and for ever set free,
And opened through Him the blest way to God's throne,
That God as our Father might by us be known.

Then, too, He has given us His wonderful Word,
That through its blest pages His sure voice be heard;
It tells whence we came, and reveals where we go,
And instructs us in living our life here below.

And then the blest Comforter, Whom He did send,
With us forever our Guide and our Friend;
For all of these mercies we gratefully raise
To God, the great Giver, our thanks and our praise.
  —J. Danson Smith


But for a Moment

For our light affliction, which is BUT FOR A MOMENT, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. 2 Corinthians 4:17

Now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen ye love. 1 Peter 1:6-8

"But for a moment", the trial,
Only a moment 'twill last,
Soon in the glory with Jesus,
Each trial and sorrow past.

"Now for a season", if need be,
Temptation, heaviness, pain,
Proving thy faith most precious,
Gleaning eternal gain.

Faith in a Father's wisdom,
Faith in His heart of love,
Faith through the worst affliction,
Faith that looks up above.

Faith that will stand His testing,
Though it be tried with fire,
Trusting His love and goodness,—
This is His heart's desire.

Testing is just for a season,
Later its purpose is known,
After the trial comes blessing,
After the cross comes the crown.
  —Lois Beckwith?


The Bride

Midst the darkness, storm, and sorrow,
  One bright gleam I see:
Well I know the blessed morrow,
  Christ will come for me.

Midst the light and peace and glory
  Of the Father's home,
Christ for me is watching, waiting—
  Waiting till I come.

Long the blessed Guide has led me
  By the desert road;
Now I see the golden towers—
  City of my God.

There, midst the love and glory,
  He is waiting yet;
On His hands a name is graven
  He can ne'er forget.

There, amidst the songs of heaven,
  Sweeter to His ear
Is the footfall through the desert,
  Ever drawing near.

There, made ready, are the mansions,
  Glorious, bright, and fair;
But the Bride the Father gave Him
  Still is wanting there.

* * * * *

Who is this who comes to meet me
  On the desert way,
As the Morning Star, foretelling
  God's unclouded day?

He it is who came to win me
  On the cross of shame;
In His glory, well I know Him,
  Evermore the same.

Oh, the blessed joy of meeting!
  All the desert past!
Oh, the wondrous words of greeting
  He shall speak at last!

He and I together entering
  Those bright courts above;
He and I together sharing
  All the Father's love.

Where no shade nor stain can enter
  Nor the gold be dim;
In that holiness unsullied
  I shall walk with Him.

Meet companion then for Jesus,
  From Him, for Him made;
Glory of God's grace forever
  There in me displayed.

He who in His hour of sorrow
  Bore the curse alone;
I who through the lonely desert
  Trod where He had gone.

He and I in that bright glory
  One deep joy shall share—
Mine, to be forever with Him:
  His, that I am there.
  —Author unknown


He Is So Precious to Me

So precious is Jesus, my Savior, my King,
His praise all the day long with rapture I sing;
To Him in my weakness for strength I can cling,
For He is so precious to me.

Chorus:
For He is so precious to me, (so precious to me,)
For He is so precious to me; (so precious to me;)
'Tis heaven below, my Redeemer to know,
For He is so precious to me.

He stood at my heart's door 'mid sunshine and rain
And patiently waited an entrance to gain;
What shame that so long He entreated in vain,
For He is so precious to me.

I stand on the mountain of blessing at last,
No cloud in the heavens a shadow to cast;
His smile is upon me, the valley is past,
For He is so precious to me.

I praise Him because He appointed a place
Where, some day, through faith in His wonderful grace,
I know I shall see Him, shall look on His face,
For He is so precious to me.
  —Charles H. Gabriel (1856-1932)


Unto This Day

Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day. Acts 26:22

"Unto this day" He hath guarded and guided;
  Unto this day He hath graciously planned;
Unto this day He hath sweetly provided,
  Yea, hath provided with bountiful hand.

"Unto this day" He hath well undertaken;
  Unto this day He hath kept by His grace;
Why then should spirit or mind be now shaken,
  Though future pathways one may not now trace?

"Unto this day" both through joy and through sorrow,
  He hath been near with His tenderest care:
Will He not then, through life's unknown to-morrow,
  Sweetly and safely His trusting child bear?

"Unto this day!" Shall we sing it with gladness?
  God hath been faithful right "Unto this day";
Thus shall we be saved from sigh and from sadness,
  Though now unknown and obscure is life's way.
  —J. Danson Smith


God Is for Us

THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD ... BEHOLD, I AM FOR YOU. Exekiel 36:7, 9.

If God be FOR US, who can be against us? Romans 8:31.

For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God FOR US. Hebrews 9:24.

When I cry unto Thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know: for GOD IS FOR ME. Psalms 56:9.

CHRIST ALSO HATH LOVED US, AND HATH GIVEN HIMSELF FOR US. Ephesians 5:2.

God, who stretched forth the heavens.
  Who the earth's foundation laid,
God is for us, for His people.
  Should my heart then be afraid?

God is for us, who in mercy
  Sent His well beloved Son,
To redeem our souls on Calv'ry,
  And the work has all been done.

God is for us, O how wondrous!
  He is for me, this I know:
He will take my hand and lead me
  In the way that I should go.

And when Satan, the deceiver,
  Seeks to tempt my rebel heart,
Christ is ready to deliver.
  He is there, to take my part.

Christ has overcome the tempter,
  He has vanquished every foe,
And on high He's interceding
  For His own. He loveth so.

Christ is for us. He is touched with
  Our infirmities and pain.
And our sufferings are measured
  In the light of heaven's gain.

He assures, and reassures us.
  He is for us, and He cares.
He desires our greatest blessing.
  And our worship, and our prayers.

He is for us. He's redeemed us.
  He is ever by our side,
He desires the sweet communion
  Of His precious blood-bought bride.

O to trust Him then more fully!
  In His loving heart to rest;
For the Lord who liveth for us.
  Ever gives His own the best.
  —Lois Beckwith

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. I Peter 5:7.

The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Hebrews 13:6.

He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5.


Consolation in Christ

Consolation ... aboundeth [in] Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:5.

He giveth more grace. James 4:6.

Abundance of grace. Romans 5:17.

My grace is sufficient for thee. 2 Corinthians 12:9.

"Consolation in Christ," what a portion!
  When trials and problems enthrall,
In Christ, there is rich consolation,
  His grace is sufficient for all.

"Consolation in Christ," what a comfort!
  When sufferings seem to abound;
His grace can surmount every trial,
  In Christ, sweetest comfort is found.

Are trials and cares growing greater?
  Then greater will be the Lord's grace,
Sufficient to meet every problem,—
  Look up, for the smile of His face.

Look up,for the comfort of Jesus,
  Whose grace is sufficient for all,
Whose ear's ever open to hear you,
  Who hastens to answer your call.

When casting on Him all the burden,
  When telling Him all of the care,
There is comfort and grace in abundance,
  When coming to Jesus in prayer.

Consolation and comfort in Jesus,
  In Christ, is our portion and joy,
In Christ there is peace and contentment,
  A peace the world cannot destroy.

Whatever the trial or affliction,
  Allowed by God's wisdom and love;
His rich consolation aboundeth,
  When looking to Jesus above.
  —Author unknown

Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:2.

Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you. I Peter 5:7.

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee. Psalm 55:22.


He Doeth All Things Well

From the busy scene of toil—
  From the energy of will,
I am drawn aside awhile,
  And through grace am calm and still.

Stillness is an irksome task
  For a busy, labouring one:
Therefore, O my Lord, I ask
  Give me strength to stand, or run.

If Thou'dst have me not to stir,
  'Tis Thy will — I am resigned;
Thou art all too wise to err,
  And too good to be unkind.

When Thy ways I cannot see,
  Prayerfully I wait for light,
Looking steadfastly to Thee,
  Who alone canst lead me right.

If Thou callest me to part
  With my health, shall I rebel?
No, but cry with lowly heart,
  "'Tis the Lord — He doeth well."

O how well for all my time,
  Hour by hour, and day by day:
0 how well for yonder clime,
  Where unfailing love shall sway.

For the safety of my soul,
  Lord, no coward fears arise,
But when pain or troubles roll,
  Satan much my spirit tries.

Yet it is my heart's desire
  Thou should'st all Thy will perform,
Thou art with me in the fire;
  Thou wilt bear me through the storm.

Laid aside from human eye,
  From the daily toil and fight—
Yet with thankful heart I cry,
  "'Tis the Lord — it must be right!"

Whatsoe'er my path may be—
  Whatsoever Thou shalt do—
Let the thing that pleaseth Thee
  Also please Thy servant, too!
  —G. C.


O BLESSED Lord, what hast Thou done?
  How vast a ransom given?
Thyself of God th' eternal Son;
  The Lord of earth and heaven.

Thy Father, in His gracious love,
  Did spare Thee from His side;
And Thou didst stoop to bear above,
  As such a cost, Thy bride.

Lord, while our souls in faith repose
  Upon Thy precious blood,
Peace like an even river flows,
  And mercy, like a flood.

But boundless joy shall fill our hearts,
  When, gazing on Thy face,
We fully see what faith imparts,
  And glory crowns Thy grace.

Unseen, we love Thee; dear Thy name;
  But when our eyes behold,
With joyful wonder we'll exclaim,
  "The half had not been told!"

For Thou exceedest all the fame
  Our ears have ever heard;
How happy we who know Thy name,
  And trust Thy faithful word!
  —M. P.


Comforted of God

...The God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are COMFORTED OF GOD. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.

You have laid in the grave your loved one,
  And your heart is broken, I know,
And you feel there is nought remaineth,
  But sorrow and tears here below.

But no! there's a ray of sunlight,
  If you'll just lift your eyes above,
And behold her there in the Glory,
  Safe home, with the Saviour of love.

Safe home with the Lord of Glory,
  With Jesus who loved us so,
That He bore all our sins on Calv'ry,
  To redeem us from Hell and woe.

Could such wonderful love be mistaken
  When He summoned your dear one above?
Ah no! "for His way is perfect,"
  Perfect in wisdom and love.

No sorrow is great as His sorrow,
  When He hung on that cruel cross,
Rejected by man, forsaken of God,—
  He endured to save us from loss.

Consider this Man of Sorrows,
  Who has suffered such anguish too:
He knows every tear that falleth,
  He's longing to comfort you.

He alone can give grace and comfort,
  He alone can thy grief sustain;
Oh! trust Him then in your sorrow,
  'Twill mean your Eternal gain.

Just to learn to know Him better
  Will give comfort and peace of mind;
Come closer still to that Heart of Love,
  And joy in your sorrow you'll find.
  —Author unknown



"Ye Are Not Your Own"
I Corinthians 6:19

Redeemed by Christ who died for me,
  For Him 'tis now to live;
By grace divine from death made free,
  To Christ the life I give:

In every action here below,
  The Lord to sanctify;
The motive now in all I do—
  His name to magnify.

One cherished sin within the heart,
  One evil thought received.
The joy of Christ must needs depart,
  His Holy Spirit grieved.

O Holy Spirit, have Thy way,
  The power Thou must supply;
My heart and will I yield to Thee,
  My God to glorify.
  —D. W. Whittle (1840-1901)


Our Great High Priest Is Sitting

Our great High Priest is sitting
at God's right hand above,
for us His hands uplifting
in sympathy and love;
whilst here below, in weakness,
we onward speed our way,
in sorrow oft and sickness,
we sigh, and groan, and pray.

Through manifold temptation,
my soul holds on its course;
Christ's mighty intercession
alone is my resource;
my gracious High Priest's pleadings,
who on the cross did bleed,
bring down God's grace and blessings
and help in hour of need.

'Twas God's most gracious favor
that gave His Son to die,
to live our Intercessor,
to plead for us on high.
O Jesus, blessed Saviour,
who soon for us will come,
redemption's work completed,
our battle fought, and won.
  —A. P. Cecil (1841-1889)


"Careful and Troubled"

"Careful and troubled," Is that true of thee?
"Careful and troubled," Why should'st thou be!
Faith in His wisdom, thy Saviour desires;
Trust in His guidance, He always requires.

"Careful and troubled," but that is not "trust";
"Trust" means to leave it all, happen what must.
"Trust" means to live free from worrying care,
Casting on Jesus thy burden to bear.

"Careful and troubled" dishonors His love;
Do not His past dealings all faithful prove?
"Careful and troubled," dishonors His power;
Will not His strength hold out, hour after hour?

"Careful and troubled" just means "unbelief";
Thou wilt not trust Him, and that gives Him grief
"Careful and troubled" just means "disobey";
"Bring here thy burden!" "I will not," you say.

And yet "He careth, He careth for you";
Have you not tried it, and found it is true?
Have you known one of His promises fail?
Have you not proved that His Strength does prevail

Alter thy motto: then, "trouble" no more;
Go to the Old Book of heavenly lore.
"Careful for nothing," there written I see,
Saviour, I thank Thee; make that true of me.
  —Author unknown


God Is Faithful

GOD IS FAITHFUL, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord. I Corinthians 1:9

Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it. I Thessalonians 5:24

GOD IS FAITHFUL, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. I Corinthians 10:13

The Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. II Thessalonians 3:3

"GOD IS FAITHFUL," O how precious!
  O how comforting the thought!
He will care for each redeemed one,
  Which the blood of Christ has bought.

"GOD IS FAITHFUL," who has called us
  To communion with His Son,
He will safely guard and keep us
  Until life on earth is done.

"GOD IS FAITHFUL," should temptation
  Subtly come across our path;
He is faithful to deliver
  From the tempter's guile and wrath.

Great Thy faithfulness, Lord Jesus,
  Which extendeth unto all.
Who were purchased upon Calv'ry,
  Whom Thy love and grace did call.

And the Lord abideth faithful
  From beginning to the end,
To restore in sweet communion,—
  He's a faithful, loving, Friend.

On His faithfulness, beloved,
  May your soul in comfort rest;
With a peace that passeth knowledge,
  Leaning on His loving breast.

Sing, my soul, give thanks unto Him,
  Every morning, every night,
For His faithfulness unchanging.
  Which will lead and guide aright.

Praise Him for His lovingkindness!
  Praise Him for His matchless grace!
For His faithfulness, and mercies,
  Till we see Him face to face.
  —Author unknown

I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known Thy faithfulness to all generations. Psalms 89:1

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto Thy Name, O most High: To shew forth Thy lovingkindness in the morning, and Thy faithfulness every night. Psalms 92:1, 2

Thy faithfulness is unto all generations. Psalms 119:90.

O LORD, Thou art my God: I will exalt Thee; I will praise Thy Name; for Thou hast done wonderful things: Thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. Isaiah 25:1

GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS. Lamentations 3:23


To Man He Came Near

Into a world of misery and shame,
Into a scene of sorrow and pain,
Into the realm of a rebel's reign,
The Lord of Glory came.

Came with a message of love and cheer,
Came with words that banish our fear,
Came with power for all who would hear—
Power to set them free.

Taking our sorrows only to groan,
Taking our burdens in love alone,
Taking our sin to be judged as His own,
Kinsman-Redeemer He!

Passing the rich, and calling the poor,
Passing self-righteous for the publican's door.
Passing by angels, to man he came near—
Saviour of sinners He!
  —Author unknown


"Such an Offer!"

"Such an offer!" Full and free!
Was it really meant for me?

That all my sins on Christ were laid.
That all my debt by Him was paid?

Yes: He says it, who has died—
"Believe," and you are justified.

"Such an offer!" Pardon now
For hidden sin, and broken vow?

Yes: Jesus died for you and me;
His death for ours must be our plea.

Oh, what goodness! Lord, I take
This offer Thou dost freely make!

My one desire now shall be
To live for Him who died for me!
  —Author unknow

I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. John 10:9


Where the Gates Swing Outward Never

Just a few more days to be filled with praise,
And to tell the old, old story;
Then, when twilight falls, and my Savior calls,
I shall go to Him in glory.

Chorus:
I'll exchange my cross for a starry crown,
Where the gates swing outward never;
At His feet I'll lay ev'ry burden down,
And with Jesus reign forever.

Just a few more years with their toil and tears,
And the journey will be ended;
Then I'll be with Him, where the tide of time
With eternity is blended.

Tho' the hills be steep and the valleys deep,
With no flow'rs my way adorning;
Tho' the night be lone and my rest a stone,
Joy awaits me in the morning.

What a joy 'twill be when I wake to see
Him for whom my heart is burning!
Nevermore to sigh, nevermore to die—
For that day my heart is yearning.
  —Charles H. Gabriel (1856-1932)


"Ye Are Complete in Him"
Colossians 2:10

Complete in Him: oh, precious word!
  May we by faith receive it;
That all our sins are put away
  Alone by Jesus' merit.

Complete in Him while here below,
  With enemies contending;
His mighty power to daily know,
  From all our foes defending.

Complete in Him, though trials dark
  May often gather o'er us;
With faith and love we clasp the hand
  Of Him who goes before us.

Complete in Him, for all things here,
  Where we the cross are bearing;
And soon for aye complete in Him,
  The crown we shall be wearing.
  —D. W. Whittle (1840-1901)


Is Your Name Written There?

Is your name written there,
  In the Lamb's Book of Life?
When you leave this old world
  With its sin and its strife,
Will they find your name there—
  'Mongst the ransomed of God—
In the Lamb's Book of Life.
  Through the Lamb's precious blood?

When life here is finished
  To some realm we must go—
To the mansions of bliss
  Or the dungeons below;
For the soul never dies—
  It for ever must last,
When life, as we know it,
  For ever has passed.

Let me ask once again
  Is your name written there?
Will you be in heaven's bliss
Or in endless despair?
You have nothing to do
  But the Saviour accept,
But woe unto you
  If His name you reject.
  —J. Danson Smith

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