Amazing Grace Hymns

June 28

THE HAVEN OF REST

Henry L. Gilmour, 1836–1920

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. (Hebrews 6:19)

What stabilizers are to a ship in stormy water, the conscious presence of Christ is to a Christian during the storms and stresses of daily living. Christians have never been promised an exemption from any of life’s storms. The Scriptures teach that “man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7). It is our reaction to life’s storms that reveals the level of our spiritual maturity. We can either become bitter and belligerent, or we can use the experience to develop greater spiritual strength as we learn to rely more fully on our Lord.

Not only do we have the indwelling presence of Christ, but we also have the assurance that Jesus Christ is in heaven today interceding for us. Just as an Old Testament priest stood behind the veil in the tabernacle or the temple to represent the Israelites before God, so Jesus pleads our case in the heavenly realm on the basis of His death and resurrection. What security this gives us!

The author of this text, Henry Gilmour, came to the United States from Ireland as a teenager. He practiced dentistry for a number of years and then spent the last 25 years of his life as a gospel musician. He was a gifted soloist and was greatly respected as a choir director. “The Haven of Rest” first appeared in Sunlight Songs, published in 1890.

My soul in sad exile was out on life’s sea, so burdened with sin, and distrest, till I heard a sweet voice saying, “Make me your choice!” And I entered the Haven of Rest.

I yielded myself to His tender embrace, and faith taking hold of the Word, my fetters fell off, and I anchored my soul—The “Haven of Rest” is my Lord.

The song of my soul, since the Lord made me whole, has been the old story so blest of Jesus, who’ll save whosoever will have a home in the Haven of Rest!

O come to the Savior—He patiently waits to save by His power divine; Come, anchor your soul in the Haven of Rest, and say, “My Beloved is mine.”

Chorus: I’ve anchored my soul in the Haven of Rest; I’ll sail the wide seas no more; the tempest may sweep o’er the wild, stormy deep—In Jesus I’m safe ever more.

For Today: Exodus 33:22; Psalm 34:19; 61:2; Isaiah 66:12; Philippians 4:7; Hebrews 4:3; 6:13–20

Regardless of your circumstances, determine to rely more fully on the indwelling Christ and the awareness of your heavenly advocate. Carry this musical testimony with you—

Osbeck, K. W. 

EZC

  • And while my glory passeth by, I will put thee in a cleft of the rock, and will cover thee with mine hand while I pass byExodus 33:22
  • Great are the troubles of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them allPsalm 34:19
  • From the ends of the earth will I cry unto thee: when mine heart is oppressed, bring me upon the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2
  • for thus saith the Lord, behold, I will extend peace over her like a flood, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be born upon her sides, and be joyful upon her kneesIsaiah 66:12
  • And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall preserve your hearts and minds in Christ JesusPhilippians 4:7
  • For we which have believed, do enter into rest, as he said to the other, As I have sworn in my wrath, If they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the worldHebrews 4:3
  • For when God made the promise to Abraham, because he had no greater to swear by, he swore by himself, Saying, Surely I will abundantly bless thee, and multiply thee marvelously. And so after that he had tarried patiently, he enjoyed the promise. For men verily swear by him that is greater than themselves, and an oath for confirmation is among them an end of all strife. So God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the stableness of his counsel, bound himself by an oath, That by two immutable things, wherein it is impossible that God should lie, we might have strong consolation, which have our refuge to lay hold upon that hope that is set before us, Which hope we have, as an anchor of the soul, but sure and steadfast, and it entereth into that which is within the veil. Whither the forerunner is for us entered in, even Jesus that is made an high Priest forever after the order of MelchizedekHebrews 6:13–20

Connect The Testaments

June 28: Meet and Greet

Esther 1:1–2:23; 2 John 7–13; Psalm 116:1–19

“If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house and do not speak a greeting to him, because the one who speaks a greeting to him shares in his evil deeds” (2 John 9–11).

This passage is sometimes used as support for forming exclusive communities—ones that don’t interact with people who don’t believe in the gospel or who have a different faith. Based on this passage, some believe that we as Christians are not permitted to interact with nonbelievers. Is that what John is really teaching?

John issued this warning during a time when false teachers were spreading confusing doctrines about Christ. He exhorted believers to “test the spirits” to see if these teachers were actually from God (1 John 4:1). They would know if these teachers were from God if they confessed the true message of Jesus Christ—specifically that He had come in the flesh and was from God (1 John 2:1).

John wanted the community to be aware of false teachings so they wouldn’t become confused or weakened in their faith. We, too, need to be intentional about the teaching we adhere to. If we are weak and troubled in our faith, we should seek out mature believers who can teach and minister to us. However, if we are confident in our faith, we should be ready and willing to share the message of salvation with those who need to hear it—both inside and outside our communities.

How are you sharing the gospel with those who need to receive it?

REBECCA VAN NOORD

EZC

  • In the days of Ahasuerus (this is Ahasuerus that reigned from India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred, and seven and twenty provinces.) In those days when the king Ahasuerus sat on his throne, which was in the palace of Shushan, In the third year of his reign, he made a feast unto all his princes and his servants, even the power of Persia and Media, and to the captains and governors of the provinces which were before him, That he might show the riches and glory of his kingdom, and the honor of his great majesty many days, even an hundred and fourscore days. And when these days were expired, the king made a feast to all the peole that were found in the palace of Shushan, both unto great and small, seven days in the ocurt of the garden of the king’s palace, Under an hanging of white, green, and blue cloths, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple, in silver rings, and pillars of marble: the beds were of gold and of silver upon a pavement of porphyry, and marble and alabaster, and blue color. And they gave them drink in vessels of gold, and changed vessel after vessel, and royal wine in abundance, according to the power of the king. And the drinking was by an order, none might compel: for so the king had appointed unto all the officers of the his house, that they should do according to every man’s pleasure. The Queen Vashti made a feast also for the women in the royal house of King Ahasuerus. Upon the seventh day when the King was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven eunuchs, (that served in the presence of king Ahasuerus) To bring Queen Vashti before the king with the crown royal, that he might show the people and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look upon. But the Queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s word, which he had given in charge of the eunuchs: therefore the King was very angry, and his wrath kindled in him. Then the King said to the wise men, that knew the times (for so was the King’s manner towards all that knew the law and the judgment: And the next unto him was Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshiah, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan the seven Princes of Persia, and Media, which saw the King’s face, and sat the first in the kingdom.) What shall we do unto the Queen Vashti according to the law, because she did not according to the word of the King Ahasuerus by the commission of the eunuchs? Then Memucan answered before the king and the Princes, The Queen Vashti hath not only done evil against the King, but against all the Princes, and against all the people that are in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus. For the act of the Queen shall come abroad unto all women, so that they shall despise their husbands in their own eyes, and shall say, The King Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the Queen to be brought in before him, but she came not. So shall the Princesses of Persia and Media this day say unto all the King’s Princes, when they hear of the act of the Queen: thus shall there be much despitefulness and wrath. If it please the King, let a royal decree proceed from him, and let it be written among the statutes of Persia and Media (and let it not be transgressed) that Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus: and let the king give her royal estate unto her companion that is better than she. And when the decree of the King which shall be made, shall be published throughout all his kingdom (though it be great) all the women shall give their husbands honor, both great and small. And this saying pleased the King and the Princes, and the King did according to the word of Memucan. For he sent letter into all the provinces of the King, into every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language, that every man should bear rule in his own house, and that he should publish it in the language of that same people. Esther 1:1–2:23
  • For many deceivers are entered into this world, which confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. He that is such one, is a deceiver and an Antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we lose not the things which we have done, but that we may receive a full reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that continueth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not to house, neither bid him Godspeed. For he that biddeth him Godspeed, is partaker of his evil deeds. Although I had many things to writ eunto you, yet would I not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak mouth to mouth, that our joy may be full. The sons of thine elect sister gree thee, Amen2 John 7–12 (original source indicates a v. 13, but my 1560 nor 1599 Geneva conclude at v. 12)
  • I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my prayers. For he hath inclined his ear unto me, when I did call upon him in my days. When the snares of death compassed me, and the griefs of the grave caught me: When I found trouble and sorrow. Then I called upon the Name of the Lord, saying, I beseech thee, O Lord, deliver my soul. The Lord is merciful and righteous, and our God is full of compassion. The Lord preserveth the simple: I was in misery, and he saved me. Return unto thy rest, O my soul: for the Lord hath been beneficial unto thee. Because thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling. I shall walk before the Lord in the land of the living. I believed, therefore did I speak: for I was sore troubled. I said in my fear, All men are liars. What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits towards me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the Name of the Lord. I will pay my vows unto the Lord, even now in the presence of all his people. Precious in the sight of hte Lord is the death of his Saints. Behold, Lord: for I am thy servant, I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast broken my bonds. I will offer to thee a sacrifice of praise, and will call upon the Name of the Lord. I will pray my vows unto the Lord, even now in the presence of all his people, In the courts of the Lord’s house, even in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem, Praise ye the LordPsalm 116:1–19

My Utmost For His Highest

June 28th

Apprehended by God

If that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended. Phil. 3:12

Never choose to be a worker; but when once God has put His call on you, woe be to you if you turn to the right hand or to the left. We are not here to work for God because we have chosen to do so, but because God has apprehended us. There is never any thought of—‘Oh well, I am not fitted for this.’ What you are to preach is determined by God, not by your own natural inclinations. Keep your soul steadfastly related to God, and remember that you are called not to bear testimony only, but to preach the gospel. Every Christian must testify, but when it comes to the call to preach, there must be the agonizing grip of God’s hand on you. Your life is in the grip of God for that one thing. How many of us are held like that?

Never water down the word of God; preach it in its undiluted sternness. There must be unflinching loyalty to the word of God; but when you come to personal dealing with your fellow men, remember who you are—not a special being made up in heaven, but a sinner saved by grace.

“I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do …”

Chambers, O.