48. Prayer before Dawn

Prayer Before Dawn

There isn’t much that I can do.
I am not wise. My strength is small,
But I can bring it all to You
For You are All.

I can lift to You my prayer
For You are faithful. You are there.
I relinquish all my fear
For You are here.

I only sow a little seed.
It came from You; You make it grow.
I only contemplate the deed;
You make it so.

You work in darkness, out of sight
Beyond all I can see or know.
What YOU are doing bring to light;
Your glory show!

1 Cor. 1:26-31, Prov. 30:24-26, Heb. 13:5-6, Mark 4:26-29, Psalm 126 

Penned by Steve Lamb

46. Unspeakable Worth

“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy” Isaiah 57:15

“For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” 2 Cor. 8:9

The high and lofty One came down to dwell among men. (John 1)

The Eternal One said, “the hour is come.” (John 17:1)

The Holy One “bare our sins” (1 Peter 2:24).

The Light of the world hung in darkness upon a tree (Luke 23:44).

The King of Kings was among men as one that serves (Luke 22:27).

The King of glory suffered unspeakable shame (Psalm 22, 24).

He who was infinitely rich became unspeakably poor (2 Cor. 8:9)

The Great Physician gave Himself to great suffering (Luke 5:31).

The Author of Life went into death (Acts 3:15 ESV).

He who breathed life into man, gave up His spirit (John 19:30).

He who put Adam to sleep and painlessly extracted part of him for his bride, suffered an agonizing death and slept the sleep of death, and from His opened side flowed precious blood.

All heaven proclaims the worth of Him who was sold for thirty pieces of silver– the price of a slave (Matt. 27, Rev. 5).

Let us proclaim the unspeakable worth of Him who is risen, seated at God’s right hand, and highly exalted today.

Behold! A spotless Victim dies,
My surety on the tree;
The Lamb of God, the Sacrifice,
He gave Himself for me!

Whatever curse was mine, He bore;
The wormwood and the gall,
There, in that lone mysterious hour,
My cup-He drained it all!

Lord Jesus! Thou, and none beside,
Its bitterness could know,
Nor other tell Thy joy’s full tide
That from that cup shall flow.

Thine is the joy, but yet ’tis mine.
‘Tis ours as one with Thee;
My joy flows from that grief of Thine;
Thy death brings life to me!

And while the ages roll along,
This shall my glory be;
And this the new and endless song,
Thy love to us-to me!

45. Not Afraid

Click for How Firm a Foundation YouTube video (listen while you read)

Over the past week “not afraid” has been coming up over and over again from various sources. I would like to share a few more thoughts that I have been meditating on in relation to this subject, even though I have written on it before.

A heart fixed on God in trouble:
–not afraid in distress

“He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.”  Psalm 112:7

Why shouldn’t I be afraid?

  • I’m in His hand – all is in His control (John 10:29)

A mind stayed on God in turmoil:
–not anxious over danger

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee. ”  Isaiah 26:3

Why shouldn’t I be anxious?

  • I’m on His heart – in His care: My cares are His cares when I cast them on Him.
  • Philippians 4:6-7 ESV “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. “

A heart set on Christ in temptation:
–not affected by departure

“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:2

Why shouldn’t I be affected?

  • “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (v3)

Eyes directed in tribulation:
–not altered in dependence

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

Why shouldn’t I be altered in my dependence on God?

  • “Fear not… I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” Genesis 15:1
  • “But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7
  • “I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me” Psalm 23:4

In the grand scheme of things, what really matters? Either I shall have His presence here, or I will be in His presence there. What Blessed Assurance.


About 6 years ago a girl of 14 was imprisoned for a month in Vietnam for telling others about the Lord Jesus. While there, one of the things they did to try to get her to deny her faith was forcing her to raise her arms and stand on nails and for 15 minutes. She fainted from the pain. After finally being released, she continues to share the gospel, saying, “Don’t be afraid. Believe in the Lord, then you will receive peace.” She related that she was thankful for her prison experience, and that afterward it was as though her life was made new again– it made her strong and bold in the Word of God. What a lesson from a girl of 14! (Voice of the Martyrs)

Click for A different “How Firm a Foundation” Video

43. Continue

From “Choice Gleanings” daily calendar,  March 12, 2011

Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine: continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. 1 Timothy 4:16

Sometimes, to act in accordance with God’s word can be embarrassing and painful. It can even affect our relationships with our closest family and friends, although naturally we do our utmost to avoid this. However, when it comes to the “crunch” the Lord must come first, and He has promised blessing to you and others if you honour His word.
-Brian Russell

Lord grant that we aright may learn,
The wisdom Thy word imparts,
And to its heavenly teaching turn,
With simple childlike hearts.
-B. Barton

The salvation in 1Timothy 4:16 is not talking about eternal life, but rather it includes preservation from evil, the world and its ways. Let us continue in truth, that our lives and the lives of those around us may be preserved.

32. Fear not

Of late I have been noticing references to fear connected with the sea in the Scriptures. We can learn lessons from these passages, and find encouragement in the Scriptures.

Acts 27:24 – In the midst of a storm on a ship headed for Rome, Paul is told by an angel that his prayer is heard: he need not fear. And though previously Paul had perceived that lives would be lost, God regarded his prayer and saved alive those with him in the ship as well. May we pray in our storm!

Matthew 14:26 – The disciples saw the Lord Jesus walking to them over the water of a stormy sea and were afraid, thinking He was a spirit. But the Lord’s reassuring voice came to them, “It is I. Be not afraid.” His voice was enough to give Peter the courage to walk out on the storm to meet his Lord. The Lord’s presence is all we need through the storm! Our fears have no substance if He is with us.

Jonah 1:4 – Jonah finds himself in a storm after disobeying God, and brought fear into the lives of those who were with him.  Jonah told them the sea would be calm if they threw him overboard.  God’s storms are for a reason. May we be pliable in God’s hand, willing to confess our faults, and open to His correction and guidance.

The Psalmist speaks of God as our refuge in the storms of life. We need not be afraid when the Creator of all things is our Protector! Yea, even if the enemy appears to prevail, we know that He is still in control of the sea.
Psa 46:1  God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Psa 46:2  Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Psa 46:3  Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
Psa 46:10  Be still, and know that I am God

The life of our Lord tells us of how He dispelled fear:
-At the Lord’s coming, the angels proclaimed “fear not” (Luke 2:10).
-While the Lord was on earth, He spoke peace to a number of individuals, including Simon Peter the fisherman.
-As the Lord entered Jerusalem, the words of the prophet were being fulfilled: “fear not… thy King cometh” John 12:15.
-At the Lord’s resurrection, the angels again spoke words of assurance. (Matt. 28:5)
-The Lord Jesus appeared to his own who were assembled in fear and greeted them with “Peace be unto you” (John 20).

Yet to be our refuge, the Lord Jesus had to endure the storm for us. He could cry with the Psalmist while on Calvary’s tree:

“Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.” (Ps. 69:1-2)

His sweat and tears like rain fell from his face as He prayed earnestly in the garden. Blood and water flowed from His side as He endured the thundering wrath of Almighty God upon the cruel tree. The waves and billows rolled over His suffering soul, and He sunk all the way into death and the grave. How great was the cost for our peace! “The chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)

How grateful ought we to be for this Captain of our Salvation, who went into death for us! “Ye that fear [reverence] the LORD, praise him!” (Psalm 22:23)

What has the Lord said to His own?
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)

And what shall we say then?
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)

Am I sorrowful? He is the God of ALL comfort (2 Cor 1:3)
Am I inadequate? We always have ALL sufficiency in ALL things in Him (2 Cor 9:8)
Am I unable? He is “able to do exceeding abundantly above ALL that we ask or think” (Eph 3:20)
Am I uncertain? “We know that ALL things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. ” (Rom 8:28)
Am I discontented? “…ALL things are yours” (1Cor. 3:21)
Am I lonely? “I am with you ALWAY” (Matthew 28:20)
Do I sin? “…having forgiven you ALL trespasses;” (Col 2:13); “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from ALL sin.” (1John 1:7)

Surely those things that we lack, which matter, are found in our risen Head. He is the Altogether Lovely one in whom all fulness dwells. As our heart is taken up with Him, the beauty of His person will be all our desire, and His beauty will rise from our hearts as a sweet savour to our heavenly Father. Then as our hands are filled with Christ, His love will be perfected in us. “Perfect love casteth out fear.” (1 John 4:18)


Calm in the Storm
(Rejoice – the Wilds Music)

When your life seems like a tempest, when the waves beat on your breast,
when the wind is hurling ’round you and there is no place to rest,
Then you look out through the shadows and you see Him looking too,
saying “Hush” – not to the storm, but saying “Hush” now to you…

When your life seems overwhelming, when your nights seem hard and long,
When the burdens seem unending and the enemy a throng,
Through the Word the Savior’s saying firmly, calling tenderly,
“Peace be still” – not to the storm, but “Peace be still” now to you…

Hasten now, O weary pilgrim, don’t you fear, and don’t you doubt.
Would you trust your gracious Savior though your life seems tossed about?
Oh, remain within the tempest, seeing Jesus in the way.
May the trial to you be precious as you trust Him and obey…

Trust the One who’s walking on the water.
Trust the One who’s leading through the storm.
When you cannot see the shoreline, when there is no goal in sight,
Would you focus on the certainty that all will be alright?
Trust in Him who made the tempest.
Trust in Him though tossed and torn.
Trust the One who walks on water, in your storm.


31. Faithful Love

‘Twas love that bound Him to that tree
else He would ne’er have died for me.
The very God of love came down
to stoop and bare the sinner’s crown.

‘Twas love that brought Him-all alone
To feel what He had never known
To bare the sin that was my own
and reap what He had never sown.

And finally Love did bow His head-
“I gave my all-’tis finished” said.
Oh who can fathom love like this?
That spanned the gulf– and made us His!

Romans 8:35-39


View “No Greater Love” presentation

28. Where is He?

Where is He?
In lowly manger;
Born a king
Without a bed.
-Matthew 2:2

Where is He?
To men a stranger
God’s will doing;
Nowhere to lay His head.
-John 9:12, Matthew 8:20

Where is He?
They come in anger.
Then offering,
His blood He shed.
-John 18:7, Hebrews 10:14

Where is He?
In grave no longer.
Weep not, sing!
Risen from the dead!
-Matthew 28:5-6, John 20:15

Where is He?
In hearts of wonder.
We praises bring,
And crown His head
Who for us bled
And reigns on high,
No more to die.
Our Lord the King!
-Ephesians 3:17, 1Timothy 6:15