275. Our God Is Light: and Though We Go

C.M.
by Mary Bowley
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Our God is light: and though we go
 
Across a trackless wild,
 
Our Jesus' footsteps ever show
 
The path for every child.
1 John 1:5; Psalm 107:4; 1 Peter 2:21
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At every step afresh we prove
 
How sure our heavenly Guide;
 
The faithful and forbearing love
 
That never turns aside.
John 16:13; 2 Timothy 2:13
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Thou weariest not, most gracious Lord,
 
Though we may weary grow;
 
In season, the sustaining word
 
Thou giv'st our hearts to know.
Isaiah 40:28-31
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Death's bitter waters met our thirst,
 
Thy cross has made them sweet;
 
Then on our gladdened vision burst
 
God's shady, cool retreat.
Exodus 15:23-25
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Through scenes of strife, by graves of lust,
 
Our desert path has been;
 
But here, O Lord, we've learned to trust
 
And love Thee, though unseen.
Numbers 20:1-13; Numbers 11:34; 1 Peter 1:8
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The manna and the springing well
 
Suffice for every need;
 
And Eschol's grapes the story tell
 
Of where Thy path doth lead.
Deuteronomy 8:3; Numbers 21:16-17
“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5)
“They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.” (Psalm 107:4)
“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.” (1 Peter 2:21)
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.” (John 16:13)
“If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” (2 Timothy 2:13)
“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:28-31)
“And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink? And he cried unto the Lord; and the Lord showed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them.” (Exodus 15:23-25)
“Then came the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, into the desert of Zin in the first month: and the people abode in Kadesh; and Miriam died there, and was buried there. And there was no water for the congregation: and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron. And the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the Lord! And why have ye brought up the congregation of the Lord into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there? And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink. And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the Lord appeared unto them. And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying. Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink. And Moses took the rod from before the Lord, as he commanded him. And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also. And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them. This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the Lord, and he was sanctified in them.” (Numbers 20:1-13)
“And he called the name of that place Kibroth-hattaavah: because there they buried the people that lusted.” (Numbers 11:34)
“Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” (1 Peter 1:8)
“And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.” (Deuteronomy 8:3)
“And from thence they went to Beer: that is the well whereof the Lord spake unto Moses, Gather the people together, and I will give them water. Then Israel sang this song, Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it.” (Numbers 21:16-17)