Who is on the Lord’s side?

Who is on the Lord’s side? Who will serve the King?
Who will be His helpers, other lives to bring?
Who will leave the world’s side? Who will face the foe?
Who is on the Lord’s side? Who for Him will go?
By Thy call of mercy, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!

 

Not for weight of glory, nor for crown and palm,
Enter we the army, raise the warrior psalm;
But for love that claimeth lives for whom He died:
He whom Jesus nameth must be on His side.
By Thy love constraining, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!

 

Jesus, Thou hast bought us, not with gold or gem,
But with Thine own life blood, for Thy diadem;
With Thy blessing filling each who comes to Thee,
Thou hast made us willing, Thou hast made us free.
By Thy grand redemption, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!

 

Fierce may be the conflict, strong may be the foe,
But the King’s own army none can overthrow;
’Round His standard ranging, victory is secure,
For His truth unchanging makes the triumph sure.
Joyfully enlisting, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!

 

Chosen to be soldiers, in an alien land,
Chosen, called, and faithful, for our Captain’s band,
In the service royal, let us not grow cold;
Let us be right loyal, noble, true and bold.
Master, Thou wilt keep us, by Thy grace divine,
Always on the Lord’s side—Savior, always Thine!

 

Frances Havergal, 1877

Grace to the Heathen

Isaiah 56:1-8 Rewards for Obedience to God
 
Thus says the LORD, 
“Preserve justice and do righteousness, 
For My salvation is about to come 
And My righteousness to be revealed. 
 
“How blessed is the man who does this, 
And the son of man who takes hold of it; 
Who keeps from profaning the sabbath, 
And keeps his hand from doing any evil.”
 
 Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD say, 
“The LORD will surely separate me from His people.” 
Nor let the eunuch say, “Behold, I am a dry tree.”
 
For thus says the LORD,
“To the eunuchs who keep My sabbaths, 
And choose what pleases Me, 
And hold fast My covenant,   
 
To them I will give in My house and within My walls a memorial, 
And a name better than that of sons and daughters; 
I will give them an everlasting name which will not be cut off.
 
 “Also the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, 
To minister to Him, and to love the name of the LORD, 
To be His servants, every one who keeps from profaning the sabbath 
And holds fast My covenant; 
 
Even those I will bring to My holy mountain 
And make them joyful in My house of prayer. 
Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar; 
For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.”
 
The Lord GOD, who gathers the dispersed of Israel, declares, 
“Yet others I will gather to them, to those already gathered.”

Earth has Many a Noble City

Earth has many a noble city;
Bethlehem, thou dost all excel;
Out of thee the Lord from Heaven
Came to rule His Israel.

Fairer than the sun at morning
Was the star that told His birth,
To the world its God announcing
Seen in fleshly form on earth.

Eastern sages at His cradle
Make oblations rich and rare;
See them give, in deep devotion,
Gold and frankincense and myrrh.

Sacred gifts of mystic meaning:
Incense doth their God disclose,
Gold the King of kings proclaimeth,
Myrrh His sepulcher foreshows.

Jesu, whom the Gentiles worshipped
At Thy glad Epiphany,
Unto Thee, with God the Father
And the Spirit, glory be.

-Aurelius Prudentius (348-413), O sola magnarum urbium.
Translated by Edward Caswall

Stand Up and Bless the Lord

Stand up and bless the Lord
Ye people of His choice;
Stand up and bless the Lord your God
With heart and soul and voice.

Though high above all praise,
Above all blessing high,
Who would not fear His holy Name,
And laud and magnify?

O for the living flame
From His own altar brought,
To touch our lips, our minds inspire,
And wing to heaven our thought!

There, with benign regard,
Our hymns He deigns to hear;
Though unrevealed to mortal sense,
Our spirits feel Him near.

God is our Strength and Song,
And His salvation ours;
Then be His love in Christ proclaimed
With all our ransomed powers.

Stand up and bless the Lord;
The Lord your God adore;
Stand up and bless His glorious Name;
Henceforth forevermore.

-James Montgomery, 1824

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
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He maketh me,
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.
He leadeth me,
He leadeth me beside the still, still waters.
He restoreth my soul.
He leadeth me,
He leadeth me in the paths of righteous for his name sale.
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Yea though I walk,
Yea though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death
I will fear no evil.
For Thou art with me,
Thy rod and Thy staff comfort me.
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Thou preparest a table for me,
In the presence of my enemies.
Thou anointest my head with oil,
My cup, my cup runneth over.
Thou preparest a table for me.
In the presence of my enemies.
Thou anointest my head with oil.
My cup, my cup runneth over.
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Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord.
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord.
The Lord is my shepherd,
The Lord is my shepherd.
The Lord is my shepherd
I shall not want.
The Lord is my shepherd,
Forever, Amen.
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-Psalm 23, music by Paul Basler.