God’s Word To His Children

GOD’S WORD TO HIS CHILDREN

BY F. E. MARSH

THE Word is Milk to feed (1 Peter 2:2),
Th’ imparted life (1 Peter 1:23);
This is the fare we need (Jer. 15:16),
In peace and strife (1 John 2:14).

The Word is Food to mould (Acts 20:32),
The man within (Eph. 3:16);
And makes him strong and bold (Joel 2:11),
The fight to win (Rev. 12:11).

The Word is Honey sweet (Psalm 119:103),
Refined and pure (Psalm 18:30, M.).
It fills with joy complete (1 Thess. 1:6).
Unspoil’d and sure (Psalm 93:5).

The Word’s a Living Fount (Psalm 36:9),
’Tis pure and clear (Psalm 12:6);
It makes the soul to mount (Isaiah 40:31)
To Christ most dear (1 Peter 2:4-6).

The Word’s a Running Stream (Isaiah 33:21),
’Tis broad and deep (Psalm 65:9);
His love in it doth gleam (Jer. 31:3),
The soul to keep (Jude 21).

The Word’s a Fire of Love (Jer. 20:9),
To make aglow (Psalm 39:3)
The soul, to things above (Col. 3:1).
While here below (Prov. 15:24).

The Word’s a Lamp to light (Psalm 119:105),
Through life’s dark way (Prov. 6:23).
It guides us safe and right (Isaiah 58:11).
To realms of day (Psalm 43:3).

The Word’s a Safe Guide Book (Psalm 73:24)
To map the way (Psalm 119:9).
To this we need to look (James 1:25),
Lest we should stray (Psalm 119:11).

The Word’s a Mirror bright (James 1:25),
In which is seen (Job 42:5-6)
Dark self—a hideous sight (Rom. 7:18);
The flesh—unclean (Isaiah 64:6).

The Word’s a Hammer hard (Jer. 23:29),
The heart it breaks (2 Kings 22:11-13)
Its force can none retard (John 5:25),
The soul it shakes (Jer. 23:9).

The Word’s a Balm to heal (Psalm 107:20),
The broken heart (Psalm 147:3);
New life, and strength, and zeal (John 6:63)
It doth impart (1 Kings 18:1).

The Word’s a Girdle sure (Eph. 6:14)
To brace the loins (Luke 12:35);
It girds us to endure (Psalm 18:39),
’What truth enjoins (1 Peter 1:13).

The Word’s the Spirit’s sword (Eph. 6:17),
As sharp as steel (Heb. 4:12),
To kill unholy words (1 Thess. 2:13);
Its power we feel (Acts 19:20).

The Word’s the Pilgrim’s Stay (Isaiah 50:10),
While here below (Isaiah 50:4, R.V.);
It helps us on our way (Psalm 119:54),
As home we go (2 Cor. 5:8, R.V.).

The Word’s a Casket rare (Psalm 139:17),
Its gems are great (2 Peter 1:4);
Its cost can none declare (Job 28:16)
On earth’s estate (Psalm 119:72).