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King of Kings, Lord of Lords… and He shall reign For ever and Ever!

December 26, 2015

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Just recently my husband and I attended a performance of Handel’s Messiah and as is the tradition, everyone stood for the “hallelujah chorus.” I was touched by the rendering of these and other words of scripture throughout the performance and would pray that those who sing them would not only have a head knowledge of the words they sing – but also a heart knowledge of He who is “the blessed and only Potentate, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting Amen.” (1Timothy 6v15&16)

I had been thinking of all the horrific things which are perpetrated in this world today. Such sheer unspeakable evil and cruelty abounds, reminding me of the words of 2Timothy 3v13: “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” We also learn in the previous verse that “all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”

Those who uphold the truth, whether it is on Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park, London, or whether it is from behind many a pulpit throughout the world are attacked and even silenced by many who refuse to accept the deity and Lordship of the Lord Jesus Christ, before Whose judgement seat we all shall stand. (Romans 14v10)

The last recorded words of Jesus in the Bible are: “Behold I come quickly.” (Revelation 22v20)

And He is coming again – perhaps very soon. The Bible tells us that “there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts. And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” (2Peter 3v3&4)

Sadly few in this world are anticipating the “Day of the Lord” which “will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” (2Peter 3v10)

We have a choice in this the Day of Grace: either we repent and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour in this scene of time – and bow the knee to Him as King of Kings and Lord of Lords now; or we wait until Judgement Day when our acknowledgement of this fact will be too late to save us.

“For it is written, As I live saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” (Romans 14v11)

All those vicious crimes, all the horrific injustice in the name of “religion” or politics, the lies of men, the unanswered questions; these will be exposed and answered! Justice will triumph when Jesus is King! “Not willing that any should perish,” are His words to a world of lost sinners today. Oh that all who read would trust Him, for it is His will that your soul which He loves and died for would also reign with Him for ever and ever!

Remembering my Lovely Mum, Ella Hutchinson, on the First Anniversary of her Passing

December 13, 2015

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As I write, I am remembering the sad events of this time last year… but also rejoicing in that the Lord has been my Refuge, my Comforter and Confidant in a time of sorrow. A few days ago something really amazing happened. I was in tears, just thinking about Mum and how much I missed her, when suddenly I found an old notebook with Mum’s words written on the back of it…

“Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!

That calls me from a world of care,

And bids me at my Father’s throne

Make all my wants and wishes known.

In seasons of distress and grief,

My soul has often found relief,

And oft escaped the tempter’s snare,

By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!”

Clutching the little notebook, I just sat down with tears running down my cheeks. “In seasons of distress and grief…” Yes! These words were meant for me… and prayer is what the Lord wanted from me, as He comforted me in my sorrow. I decided to look up the hymn and found some lovely renditions of it by choirs and individuals, one of which I have inserted below.

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!

The joys I feel, the bliss I share,

Of those whose anxious spirits burn

With strong desires for thy return!

With such I hasten to the place

Where God my Saviour shows His face,

And gladly take my station there,

And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

 

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!

Thy wings shall my petition bear

To Him whose truth and faithfulness

Engage the waiting soul to bless.

And since He bids me seek His face,

Believe His Word and trust His grace,

I’ll cast on Him my every care,

And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

 

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!

May I thy consolation share,

Till, from Mount Pisgah’s lofty height,

I view my home and take my flight.

This robe of flesh I’ll drop, and rise

To seize the everlasting prize,

And shout, while passing through the air,

“Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer!”

 

Link to “Sweet Hour of Prayer” by a soloist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lefTBxW4ogM

Above is a painting which Mum gave to me some years ago as a present. Based on the words of Philippians 4v8, it inspires and challenges me in the onward march of life. How good to leave inspiring words and evidence of the talents that the Lord has given each one of us – to speak on in love to others long after we have “dropped this robe of flesh” and risen “to seize the everlasting prize!” May His Name be praised.