Before the throne of God above
I have a strong, a perfect plea:
A great High Priest, whose name is Love,
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on his hands,
My name is written on his heart;
I know that while in heaven he stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart
No tongue can bid me thence depart.
When Satan tempts me to despair,
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look, and see him there
Who made an end of all my sin.
Because a sinless Savior died,
My sinful soul is counted free;
For God, the Just, is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me.
Behold him there, the risen Lamb
My perfect, spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I am,
The King of glory and of grace!
One in himself, I cannot die
My soul is purchased by his blood
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ, my Savior and my God
With Christ, my Savior and my God.
Words by: Charitie Bancroft, 1863.
‘Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord’ Exodus 14:13
These words contain God’s command to the believer when he is reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary difficulties. He cannot retreat; he cannot go forward; he is shut up on the right hand and on the left; what is he now to do? The Master’s word to him is , ‘Stand still’. It will be well for him if at such times he listens only to his Master’s word, for other and evil advisors come with their suggestions. Despair whispers, ‘Lie down and die; give it all up’. But God would have us put on a cheerful courage, and even in our worst times, rejoice in His love and faithfulness. Cowardice says, ‘Retreat; go back to the worldling’s way of action; you cannot play the Christians part, it is too difficult. Relinquish your principles’. But, however much Satan may urge this course upon you, you cannot follow it if you are a child of God.
His divine fiat has bid thee go from strength to strength, and so thou shalt, and neither death nor hell shall turn thee from thy course. What, if for a while thou art called to stand still, yet this is but to renew thy strength for some greater advance in due time. Precipitancy cries, ‘Do something. Stir yourself; to stand still and wait is sheer idleness’. We must be doing something at once – we must do it so we think – instead of looking to the Lord, who will not only do something but will do everything (my emphasis).
Presumption boasts, ‘If the sea be before you, march into it and expect a miracle’. But Faith listens neither to Presumption, nor to Despair, nor to Cowardice, nor to Precipitancy, but it hears God say, ‘Stand still’; keep the posture of an upright, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice; and it will not be long ere God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said to the people of Israel, ‘Go forward’.