The man who is intimate with God is never intimidated by man.
Who would wish to dwell among the nations, and to be numbered with them? Why, even the professing church is such that to follow the Lord fully within its bounds is very difficult. There is such a mingling and mixing that one often sighs for "a lodge in some vast wilderness." Certain it is that the Lord would have his people to follow a separated path as to the world, and come out decidedly and distinctly different from it. We are set apart by divine decree, purchase, and calling, and our inward experience has made us greatly to differ from men of the world; and therefore our place is...in the narrow way where all true pilgrims must follow their Lord. This may not only reconcile us to the world's sneers, but even cause us to accept them with pleasure....Only let us be found in the number of the redeemed, and we are content to be odd and solitary to the end....
Charles H. Spurgeon
Lamb of God! our souls adore Thee while upon Thy face we gaze;
There the Father’s love and glory shine in all their brightest rays;
Thy almighty power and wisdom, all creation’s works proclaim;
Heav’n and earth alike confess Thee as the ever great “I AM.”
When we see Thee as the victim nailed to the accursed tree,
For our guilt and folly stricken, all our judgment borne by Thee,
Lord, we own, with hearts adoring, Thou hast loved us unto blood;
Glory, glory everlastings be to Thee, Thou Lamb of God!
Lamb of God! Thou now art seated high upon Thy Father’s throne;
All Thy gracious work completed, all Thy mighty vict’ry won.
Every knee in heav’n is bending to the Lamb for sinners slain;
Every voice and harp is swelling, “Worthy is the Lamb to reign!”
James G. Deck (1807-1884), Hymns of Worship and Remembrance