Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach.  For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.


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Gospel Tract #23

The Cry of the Righteous

by George C. Clark, Sr.

“The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.”
Psalm 34:15

God has not promised to deliver those who merely fret and worry but those who cry to Him in their troubles.  Are you burdened right now?  Do you feel forsaken by those whom you hold dear and love most?  Are you in need of encouragement and kindness? Has confusion and discord robbed you of your spiritual strength?  Are you tired and so unhappy that you think death might be your only way out?  If so, why don’t you surrender your problem to the Lord?  Thousands upon thousands have been drawn near the gates of death, just as you are; yet, “in their trouble, when they cried to the Lord, He saved them out of their distresses.  He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their pit.”  Yes, “the righteous cry out, and the Lord hears and saves them out of all their trouble.”  Listen to the words of the Savior: “Call on me in the day of trouble!  I will deliver you.”

Never Alone

No child of God ever suffers alone.  Those who think so become infected with bitterness, “and by this many be defiled ” (Heb. 12:15).  Did you know that God actually suffers with His children?  He suffered with ancient Israel, as the prophet said, “In all their affliction, He was afflicted.”  God is love, and love is compelled to suffer in the troubles of those who are beloved.  It is a great consolation to know that we have a Savior who is “touched by our weaknesses”, and “who has been tempted in every way that we are, without sin.”  Let us, then, approach him with courage and receive mercy and strength in times of trouble.  Think of the promise of our Lord: “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”

We are also told that “He will deliver you in six troubles; yea, in seven, evil shall not touch you.  In famine, He will redeem you from death, and in war, from the power of the sword.  You will be hidden from the lash of the tongue, and you will not fear destruction when it comes.  At destruction and hunger will you laugh, and you will not fear the beast of the earth” (Job 5:19–22).  Don’t wallow in the mire of your problem, but “girding up the loins of your mind, being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Jonah was delivered from the whale’s belly only after he poured out his heart to God.  Jonah later testified, “I called in my distress to the Lord, and He answered me.”  Daniel “three times each day, would get down on his knees and pray and offer praise before his God,” and he was kept safe all night in a den of lions.  I can hear Daniel now, answering King Darius early the next morning, “O King, live forever!  My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouth, and they did not hurt me!”  God will do what He says He will do.  Call on Him right now!  He is listening for the cry of the righteous.

We know that “many are the afflictions of a righteous man,” but it is also true that “the Lord will deliver him out of them all.”  May God help you, my burdened friend, to “cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”  He offers a shoulder mightier than ours to help carry our burdens. We cannot afford to ignore this precious invitation of Jesus: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavily laden, and I will give you rest!”  Can we not say, along with the righteous of the ages, “In my distress, I cried out to the Lord, and He answered me”?

Am I Wrong?

by George C. Clark, Sr.

Way down deep inside your heart
Don’t you feel that you should start?
Am I wrong, am I wrong,
By asking you?
Will you ask yourself just now
Should you come and humbly bow?
Am I wrong, am I wrong,
By asking you?

Am I wrong in telling you
What the love of God can do?
Tell me, brother, tell me please,
Am I wrong?
Have you waited now too long
To believe this blessed song?
Am I wrong, am I wrong,
By asking you?

If I told you how he died,
Would it hurt your foolish pride?
Tell me, sister, tell me now,
Am I wrong?
When our Lord makes up his bride,
Will you be there at his side?
Am I wrong, am I wrong,
By asking you?

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