Friday, June 3, 2011

The Way of the World

A friend of mine wrote this poem. I could begin with a lengthy description, but I believe his very words declare the integrity of the one who wrote it.

The Way of the World
Samuel Allison

The way of the world is vanity and leadeth unto death.

In vain you search for lasting fame and riches yet untold.

You In your pride and arrogance, anoint yourself as king;

And hence set forth to claim for thee, the riches of the earth.

But wealth and pleasures of the world; are but a fleeting thing;

And when your heart and mind; lie empty in your soul;

They tell you: Fill it up! With still far more and more!

But each new time you buy this lie, you further sink within;

Until one day you see the truth; there’s nothing you can do!

For only he who maketh thee can give you life anew.

That pit so great and void so deep, is there because of sin;

That sin that you have done, in secret and in day.

So if you hear his voice today, harden not your heart;

And bend the knee unto the Lord, the maker of your soul.

Confess your sins and turn away; from all your ways of old.

Then joyfully proclaim him; savoir, king, and Lord.

He then in loving kindness will, enrapture you in love.

He’ll blot out all iniquity and wash thee with his blood;

And then you’ll know true happiness and joy and peace and love.

In joyous praises will you sing, unto the lord most high;

His name you will exult on high, for wondrous is his love.

And as the sands of time sink on, it’ll only grow and grow;

Until at last in glory raised; God brings his child home.

I want to weep for all of those souls wandering in darkness, who WILL enter the light-by the Lord's sovereign drawing them unto Him. I look around and am so overwhelmed by what I see, what I experience, what is blatantly thrown in my face. These people need Christ and His redemption. This culture needs the law of God.

Then it drives me to my knees in tearful gratitude. I cannot help but feel the pressing weight of His love and sanctification within me... why? Why are my eyes ever opening to His ways, truth, grace, and love? He is so faithful, He infuses His faithfulness within me when I was but faithless. It is this intense and utter gratitude that causes me to wish to learn more, grow more, and proclaim just how great and worthy He is-to tell everyone of His mercy and justice.

It seems the more I read scripture, the more I am overwhelmed with thankfulness for what He has done for me, is doing for me, and will do for me! Rejoicing always is a reality more sweet than a thousand drips of honey; Praying continually is as breathing air; I cannot stop from giving Him thanks!

Psalm 6:1-4 O LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed. My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long? Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies' sake.

I read the sixth Psalm this morning. It is not for our sake He saves us, but His own- His own mercies sake. It is within the character of God to be just and to be merciful. It should not surprise us that there are many are eternally destined to hell, just as there are the elect eternally destined to be in the presence of God in heaven (all due to HIS SOVEREIGNTY!) Which is all the more reason to allow fresh tears each morning, new songs of praise upon my lips, and humbly living for Him alone... because in His providence He chose me. Oh what a foretaste of glory divine!

Now, all I can do and be is a willing vessel for His purposes; and there is nothing else I desire. For the way of the world is but vanity, but the way of Christ is life.


samhimself said...

Thank you for your very kind words at the beginning (11). And thank you for blessing me with your o so true words at the end (12).

Pamela Matthews said...

"Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing..."

Blessed by YOU -


Leah Michelle said...

Samuel, thank you for allowing me to share it.

Mom, (: as always, you are so encouraging! I love you so much (: