Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. (Jonah 1:3)
Whither shall I flee from Thy presence? (Psa. 139:7)
The Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. (Luke 19:10)
Hail, sovereign love, which first began That scheme to rescue fallen man! Hail, matchless, free, eternal grace, Which gave my soul a hiding place.
And thus the eternal counsels ran, “Almighty love, arrest that man!” I felt the arrows of distress, And found I had no hiding place.
Ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. (1 Peter 2:25)
When the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. (1 Peter 5:4)
Thus far by grace preserved, Each moment speeds us on; The crown and kingdom are reserved Where Christ is gone; When cloudless morning shines, We shall His glory share; In pleasant places are the lines; The home how fair!
My soul shall be joyful in the Lord: it shall rejoice in His salvation. (Psa. 35:9)
Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. (Psa. 33:1)
In the Lord will I praise His word. (Psa. 56:10)
Oh, then, add your note, rejoicing, To the praise, Thanks to God for all things voicing, Through the days; Hark and sing your sweet refrain Through your joy and through your pain, Praising, ever, for His love, God above!
As Jesus passed by, He saw a man which was blind from his birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. (John 9:1‑3)
That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God. (Psa. 78:7)
God takes our lives and the sum of them, His will and the will of man, Evil and good and dream and deed, His purpose and our plan, The thwarted lives and the crippled lives And the things that give them worth, The joy of life and the pain of life — Showing His works in the earth.
Seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not. (Jer. 45:5)
Provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Luke 12:33‑34)
Forever and forever, Lord, with Thee! Ah then, how trite all life’s pursuits will seem! One breath of air celestial, pure and free, And all the past will vanish as a dream.
So help me live, dear Saviour, day by day, As one who waits the coming of the dawn; Whole glory now does shed a blessed ray Upon my path, and helps me to go on.
I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? (Luke 12:19‑20)
But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Luke 12:31)
What will it profit when life here is o’er, Though great worldly wisdom I gain, If, seeking knowledge, I utterly fail The wisdom of God to obtain?
What will it profit, when life here is o’er, Though gathering riches and fame, If, gaining the world, I lost my own soul, And in heaven unknown is my name?