Comparisons…part 2

(James SmithChrist Exalted, Saints Comforted, and Sinners Directed” 1855)
 
He is the FRIEND . . .
who loves at all times,
whose mind never changes,
whose love never cools, and
who never neglects a friend in distress.

He is the greatestbest, and most glorious GIFT of GOD–including, securing, and conferring–every good thing upon those who sincerely receive Him.

He is the LAMB of GOD, who took up, expiated, and forever put away–the sins of all who trust in Him.

He is the MESSENGER of the COVENANT, who . . .
brings good news from God,
carries all our requests to God, and
ever stands as a Mediator between us and God.

He is the PEARL of GREAT PRICE, or the priceless pearl, which . . .
all who sincerely seek–find,
all who find–may claim, and
all who possess–are enriched forever!

He is the RANSOM, which . . .
procured our release,
ensures our liberty, and
preserves us from going down into the pit!

He is the RIGHTEOUSNESS, which . . .
justifies us from all charges,
entitles us to eternal life, and
enables us to lift up our heads with boldness in God’s presence.

He is the TRUTH, which . . .
enlightens the mind,
purifies the heart, and
regulates the life.

He is the SHEPHERD, who . . .
knows every sheep,
watches over the whole flock, and
never loses a lamb, by disease, accident, or beast of prey.

He is the LADDER, by which we . . .
rise from this earth,
lose sight of carnal things, and
ascend to the presence of God!

He is the SURETY . . .
who engaged for us in the everlasting covenant,
who is held responsible for our salvation,
who has pledged to set us before His father’s throne forever.

He is the WALL of FIRE, which surroundsenlightens and infallibly protects–all His redeemed people!

He is the chief among ten thousand, and the ALTOGETHER LOVELY ONE!

Precious Lord Jesus, allow me . . .
to know You more fully,
to trust You more heartily,
to serve You more diligently,
to enjoy You more frequently,
to imitate You more closely,
to exalt You more highly, and
to show forth Your salvation from day to day!

Your love–is my Heaven,
Your presence–is my delight, and
Your service–is the joy of my heart!

Let me daily . . .
walk with You,
work for You, and
bring glory to You!

Oh, send Your Spirit to my poor heart . . .
to exalt You,
to honor You,
to endear You to my soul!

Be my . . .
strength in life,
solace in death, and
eternal portion beyond the grave!

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