written February 2, 2016
Dear saint, lift up your drooping hands and feet
And fix your eyes upon the risen Lord!
The saints of old in Scripture that you meet
Are witness to His worth in one accord.
What now? Our time would fail to tell of those
Who lived by faith, unearned by earth they trod.
Yet they did not receive before the close
What we now know: Christ is the Lamb of God.
At present, hardship, discipline seem pain,
For what we see is limited to earth,
But Father God says it is not in vain.
We trust in Christ, our joy of matchless worth.
Christ is the greatest gift that God could give,
So look upon Him lifted up, and live!
As a small group, we’ve been studying the book of Hebrews for a month and a half now. Hebrews 11 and 12 are some of my favorite chapters in Scripture. I love the song “By Faith” by the Keith and Kristyn Getty, which reminds us that we are “children of the promise,” who “walk by faith and not by sight.” I love the last verse of “O Church, Arise” by the Gettys, where I cry out that the Spirit would give me strength run this race by faith as we listen to saints of old testify that their faith was well-placed in the true and living God.
Of course, I also know that I don’t always have strong faith. Sometimes my determination is weak. I wrote this poem to others–and myself–from Hebrews 11 and 12, as a reminder that we pursue God above everything else because we believe by faith that He is our joy, our reward. We belong to a better covenant, enacted on better promises, mediated by a great high priest who made a once for all sacrifice and is seated at the right hand of God. So “lift up your drooping hands and feet” and “strive for… the holiness without which no one will see the Lord” (Heb. 12:14)!