It was not meet that God’s servant should have any fellowship with revolted Israel, no, not even so much as eating a piece of bread or taking a sip of water with them. The true believer’s duty is to avoid all unnecessary fellowship with men of sin. “What concord hath Christ with Belial?”
Arm of the Lord! awake! awake!
Put on thy strength, the nations shake:
And let the world, adoring, see
Triumphs of mercy wrought by thee.
Say to the heathen, from thy throne,
“I am Jehovah, God alone!”
Thy voice their idols shall confound,
And cast their altars to the ground.
Faith must obey her Father’s will
As well as trust his grace;
A pardoning God is jealous still
For his own holiness.
Though from his wrath he sets us free,
He will be Lord within,
Nor will he let his servants be
Unchastened if they sin.
We bless the Lord of tender love
Who sees the feeblest spark of grace,
And sends his Spirit from above
To bless the babes that seek his face.
His quick approving eye discerns
Where “some good thing” for God is found;
On that good thing his eye he turns,
And there he makes his gifts abound.
Well may the Lord that good espy,
‘Tis he who works all good within;
Faith’s healing look, prayer’s childlike cry,
And love which weeps o’er pardon’d sin.
Lift up a banner in the field
For those that fear thy name;
Save thy beloved with thy shield,
And put our foes to shame.
Our faith shall gain a wide renown
By thine assisting hand;
Tis God that treads the mighty down
And makes the feeble stand.
Ye fearful saints fresh courage take,
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercies, and shall break
With blessings on your head.
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust him for his grace;
Behind a frowning providence,
He hides a smiling face.