Meditation number 24
The Poor One
"Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor."
(2 Corinthians 8:9)
Of thy Father, pure delight, eternal Son!
Didst Thou set thy glory by, O rich One,
For Thy delights in these sons of men,
So humbling thyself and coming from heaven?
(Prov. 8:30-31, Phil. 2:5-8)
Stooping from the holy place,
To a manger, in swaddling lace,
In this poor family, so adorned,
Thou didst e'en choose to be born
(Luke 2:7, Lev. 12:8, Luke 2 :24)
In thy youth thy wisdom increaseth,
In the despised city, even Nazareth,
As a carptenter thou wast busy
See His caracter, what modesty!
(MarK 6:23, Romans 12:16)
With the poor, in Jordanís waters
With the repentant, electing quarters
But there to witness in his favor,
Dear to His heart, declares The Father.
Sole Creator of time and space
Yet for thy head was found no place!
Thou thirsty was O precious Saviour
At Sicharís well in that sixth hour!
(Luke 9:58, John 4:6-8)
In our midst in true poverty
Thou didst feed crowds of many!
The lame, the deaf and the blind
All enriched by thee, so kind!
(John 6:1-12, Mat. 12:15)
Questioned by the pharisees,
As to coins of roman money,
"Show me whoís on that tribute
Was thine answer "O destitute"
Of thy vesture, thy sole belonging
Our cruel hands didst do the stripping.
And then cast lots on our theft
Taking all from the Bereft!
On the cross, of bitter dread
Thy precious blood, a fortune shed,
It alone paid the debt immense
Accumulated by our offense
(Mat. 27, John 19:34, 1 Pet. 1:18)
As the sparrow, so solitary
We see thee hanging on Calvary!
Thou, then, the man of sorrows
Now crowned with glory on the morrow!
(Ps. 102:7, Isaiah 53:3, Heb. 2:9)
Prince of life, as thou promised
Of thy Spirit Iíve been enriched
Revealing now the hidden treasure;
Of thy grace, beauty, and Fatherís pleasure
(Acts 3:15, 1 Thes. 4:8, Col.2:3)
The poor man who saved the city
None remembered, what a pity
Oh, do keep me from forgetting
Thee glorious Saviour Iím expecting!
(Ecc. 19:13-18, Rev. 22:7)
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