Friday Morning Prayer:)… November 12, 2020

November 13, 2020 - 10 minutes read

A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord,
A wonderful Savior to me;
He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock,
Where rivers of pleasure I see.

He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock,
That shadows a dry, thirsty land;
He hideth my life in the depths of His love,
And covers me there with His hand,
And covers me there with His hand.

A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord,
He taketh my burden away,
He holdeth me up and I shall not be moved,
He giveth me strength as my day.[1]

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”[2]

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With great confidence and overflowing joy may your regenerate heart ever sing, “He Is The Lord Forever His Truth Shall Reign, Heaven And Earth Rejoice In His Holy Name, He Is Exalted, The King Is Exalted On High[!]”  Yes!  “He Is Exalted, Forever Exalted And I Will Praise His Name…”[3]  Humble, desperate, longing hearts stirred to sing, worship, and pray;  “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.”[4] If there is any uncertainty or lingering doubt, hear, read, integrate this external call (of gospel truth) and cry out in prayer, “Savior, Savior, Hear my humble cry, While on others Thou art calling, Do not pass me by.” Truly, oh God, “Let me at Thy throne of mercy Find a sweet relief; Kneeling there in deep contrition, Help my unbelief.”[5]  The internal call of God unto salvation, by whatever means God determines, does cause the desperate calloused heart to cry for help, a deep supernatural divine touch resulting in a repentant contrite heart that now strives by God’s mercy and abundant grace to overcome unbelief and enjoy sweet relief.  

Has God given you spiritual ears to hear the internal call?  Have you responded with a repentant, grateful, humble heart recognizing that our merciful God has chosen you in Christ?  Jesus teaches us through the parable of the wedding banquet that many pay no attention to the call to come to the banquet because their lives are too busy.  Others were overtly hostile to the King’s invite.  Among the guests who did arrive at the wedding banquet, there was a man who was not wearing wedding clothes.  He was cast out into the darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  The man was invited, hence called, yet not chosen unto salvation.[6]  “Those who try to come without the covering of the blood of Christ for their sins are inadequately clothed and will be sent into “outer darkness,” (v. 13) i.e., hell.”[7]

Simon Peter reminds us that we have received a precious faith through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ.  “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”[8]  You, and me too, participate in the divine nature and are given eyes to see and ears to hear God, especially his inspired words given in the living, active, piercing, comforting, ever-lasting Scriptures.  Therefore, be encouraged! “…make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge, and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.”[9]  

The pursuit of God, his power, glory, and goodness, results in an ever-increasing manifestation of godly qualities that ensure my Christ-life is effective and productive.  By God’s grace, I refuse, resist, as do you, to be nearsighted and blind, forgetting that the blood of the Lamb has cleansed me from past sins, changed me, empowers, and God, through Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, walks and talks, comforts, and assures.  I am a new creation, God’s workmanship created to do good works God prepared for me to do in co-participation, yet complete surrender and reliance on him.[10]  Our call to vigilant efforts, to work-out this great salvation with fear and trembling does not merit my salvation, justification, or righteousness before our holy God.  However, the pursuit, discipline, growing and overflowing does keep me, you, and every maturing Christian from drifting away and succumbing to the sinful nature.

Our mid-week Bible talk group is going through the book of Hebrews.  The author is writing to Christians, yet that does not necessarily mean that everyone in the camp was truly saved.  Early on the writer admonishes to pay more careful attention… to what we have heard…”[11] “See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.“[12] Moreover, “…since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it.“[13] ”But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.”[14]  These warnings from the book of Hebrews are consistent with Peter; in light of the potential to become nearsighted and blind, forgetting our forgiven state, Peter said, “Therefore, my brothers [sisters], be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure.  For if you do these things, you will never fall and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”[15]

John Calvin reminds us that “purity of life is not improperly called the evidence and proof of election, by which the faithful may not only testify to others that they are the children of God, but also confirm themselves in this confidence.” Work at supplementing your faith with the virtues of 2 Peter 1:5–7 so that you may grow in assurance of your salvation, and be wary of those who confess Christ and yet show no desire for holiness.[16]

With numberless blessings each moment He crowns,
And filled with His fullness divine,
I sing in my rapture, oh, glory to God!
For such a Redeemer as mine.

When clothed with His brightness transported I rise
To meet Him in clouds of the sky,
His perfect salvation, His wonderful love,
I’ll shout with the millions on high.


[1] https://library.timelesstruths.org/music/He_Hideth_My_Soul/

[2] Colossians 3:12-13

[3] http://www.divinehymns.com/lyrics/he-is-exalted-the-king-is-exalted-on-high/

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[4] Colossians 3:16

[5] https://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Pass_Me_Not_O_Gentle_Savior/

[6] Matthew 22:1-14

[7] https://www.gotquestions.org/many-called-few-chosen.html

[8] 2 Peter 1:1-3

[9] 2 Peter 1:5-7

[10] Ephesians 2:8-10

[11] Hebrews 2:1

[12] Ibid 3:12

[13] Ibid 4:1

[14] Ibid 3:6

[15] 2 Peter 1:10-11

[16] Make Your Election Sure
Make Your Election SureIn his gospel, the apostle John makes it clear that Jesus alone perfectly knows the hearts and minds of all peop…