[Papercut Press] 2003-03-31 - Reflections

Micah 2:12,13 I will surely assemble all of you, Jacob, I will surely gather the remnant of Israel. I will put them together like sheep in the fold; Like a flock in the midst of its pasture they will be noisy with men. The breaker goes up before them; they break out, pass through the gate, and go out by it. So their king goes on before them, and the Lord at their hand.

I came upon a poem by Alexander Murray which was published in 1838. It is a poem that offers reflections on Micah 2:12, 13. There is not too much out there on Michah and it is probably rare that we hear a sermon on the book or read much on it.

They are wrenched from our arms as if drops from the heart,
The lovely that loved us, the lovely we love;
In the valley of tears there are mourners apart,
But the saintly are blessed with their Father above.

No pains now torment them, no cares now annoy,
No sorrows disturb, no temptations molest;
No sin entered with them their Savior's joy,
Not ever unhallowed their Sabbath of rest.

Be ours now to tread in the steps that they trod,
And halting, and weary, and faint, follow on.
By the light of their track, by the pillar of God,
Ever on to the rest where the sainted have gone.

They have trodden the way that we shortly must tread,
The have passed through the gate to their glorious home,
With their king on before them, the Lord at their head,
And in triumph they beckon us onward to come.

O Shepherd of Israel gather us all,
The remnant behind, that are walking the wold,
Like the sheep upon Bozrah at evening's fall,
To the near ones and dear that are now in thy fold.

Then, like flocks in their fold at the still eventide,
The wanderers that straggled apart through the day
Shall meet face to face, and shall rest side by side,
And shall see eye to eye in thy radiance for aye.

And the voices that once rose around the same hearth,
With the song of the household above shall ascend;
That together were learning thy praises on earth,
In the great hallelujah of heaven shall blend.

Soli Deo Gloria,

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