Monday, July 29, 2013

Soldier of the Cross

1 Corinthians 16:13
New International Version (NIV)
13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

"Am I a Solder of the Cross" is a hymn I loved as a child but seems to have fallen out of use in the church.  It certainly stirred my young girl's heart.  Listening to it again tonight, I have found that it continues to stir this old mature woman's heart.  There aren't enough words to express my gratitude to my Savior who went to the cross for me.  Yes, I want to be His disciple; and when my cross seems to heavy to bear, I learn how often and how much he shoulders the burden for me.

"Am I a Soldier of the Cross"
Isaac Watts 

Am I a soldier of the cross,
A follower of the Lamb,
And shall I fear to own His cause,
Or blush to speak His Name?

Must I be carried to the skies
On flowery beds of ease,
While others fought to win the prize,
And sailed through bloody seas?

Are there no foes for me to face?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
To help me on to God?

Sure I must fight if I would reign;
Increase my courage, Lord.
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy Word.

Thy saints in all this glorious war
Shall conquer, though they die;
They see the triumph from afar,
By faith’s discerning eye.

When that illustrious day shall rise,
And all Thy armies shine
In robes of victory through the skies,
The glory shall be Thine.

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