Songs and Praise


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s I sat in this meeting, tonight and viewed all these happy faces — men  and women with victory in their souls — I thought: It is all made possible because of Jesus. We are told in Isaiah: "His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The .everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end." No wonder we sing, "It is Wonderful." Thank God, it is won­derful to be saved, to have the devil out of you, and have Christ in you, to have sin conquered and have the grace of God in your heart, have a star on your horizon, and the Sun of Righteousness risen with healing in His wings. We ought to praise God!


This should be a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. It has been to me. I think of what God has done for me, and the glorious way He has led me down through the years when I was deserving nothing but hell. In His infinite mercy, He brought me out of that misery and miry clay, out of the horrible pit, and put my feet on the Rock to stay, and He put a new song in my mouth, even praises unto God.


Over in the 65th Psalm, beginning with the 8th verse we read:


"Thou makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice.

"Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided far it.

"Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou bless­est the springing thereof.

"Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.

"They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills. rejoice on every side.


"The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing."

And in the 100th Psalm:

"Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

"Serve the LORD with gladness: come before His presence with singing.

"Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

"Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

"For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations."


We thank God that we have come into the house of God with praises and thanksgiving. How our heart overflows with gratitude to the living God that He ever called us out of darkness into this marvelous light, and transformed our lives by grace divine!


Many of us would be in hell today; we would have died a premature death and gone down to perdition long ago, if it had not been for the mercy of God. Many of us are liking on borrowed time, and how we ought to have a heart overflowing with thanksgiving and praises to God that we are what we are by the grace of God and that alone.


I thought of this country that is flowing, you might say, with milk and honey. It is comparatively young and yet the greatest nation in the world. All these other nations are looking to this country for food and clothing. All of these other nations are destitute. I thought of the thou­sands and millions over in Europe. We are receiving letters every day, saying, "Send us something. We are starving over here; we haven't any clothes, and we are cold." We know that those countries are devastated; the war has ruined them; and besides that, they have suffered pestilence and famine. But God has abundantly blessed this country. We can hardly understand the reason why. When you see the apostasy and the sin and corruption in this country, you wonder why God has had mercy and made our country the breadbasket of the world, able to help all these other na­tions. I believe there is only one reason why this country is blessed, and that is the righteousness of a few people, praying people, the people who love God and who are thanking God, not only on this day but every day of their lives, that God has saved them.


Thank God for this great country of ours where we have freedom to worship God! We look back to the time when this nation was first born, to the time when men, over across the seas, had a conscience that wanted to serve God and be free from tyranny and slavery. They came across the -waters to this country that they might have freedom to worship God according to the dictates of their own conscience. At the beginning of this war we heard much about the Four Freedoms: Freedom of Worship, Free­dom of Speech, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear.


I know of only one particular people who truly have those Four Freedoms in their heart. They are the real bona fide Christians. They do not fear anything. They do not want for anything. We heard that beauti­ful song tonight, "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want" My friends, if you have God on your side, you will not want.


As I was eating my Thanksgiving dinner today, I was thinking about those starving thousands in Europe, and I wished I could have gotten up from that table and put my plate down in front of some of those families over there and said, "Eat!" I would have been glad to have done it. I believe we all have the same spirit here tonight.


Thank God that we are living in this great country where we have the privilege of worshiping according to the dictates of our own con­science — freedom of worship, and freedom from fear. I have thought about that as I have seen the common people going out during the hunting season. I have seen strings of cars carrying the workingmen — men going out in their own cars into the wide-open country, with no guards to keep them out. Here, in our free country, they can go out and hunt and they can come back; and they can have their homes, their cars. They can go to the beaches, and they have their freedom. Thank God, we have these privileges here. We want to thank God every moment for this country.


We need never be afraid of any Christian, any genuine Christian, ever taking up with Communism. If you had Communism, you would not have an automobile; you would not have a home; you would not have a place to hunt; you would have to settle down and do what you were told to do. We thank God for this country! Let us keep it free, by the grace of God; let us keep on our knees and serve God.


I hope the living God will put a spirit of real prayer and intercession upon all His people for a real revival in this country, one that will stir up the whole country. That is what this world needs. It needs a revival, that men might get back to God and get rid of this corruption — from the heads of our government clear down to those in the gutter and around these skid roads. We have something of great value, and we ought to push it along. This is the greatest thing in the world. This is something to get enthused about!


When one preaches this Gospel there is dynamite in it; the power of God is back of it; Almighty God is back of it; and He says that His Word shall not return to Him void, but that He will prosper it whereunto He sends it and accomplish that which He pleases. We have something when we preach the Gospel; we don't need to fear the results. If men cannot take it, it is going to accomplish its purpose anyway. It is, a savor of life unto life, or death unto death. It will put you into Heaven, alive forevermore, or it will put you into hell. We have our choice, and we can thank God that we are free to take it.


We are not bound down by some state religion; we can go into our little closets and talk to God and pray through — and it is nobody's busi­ness. That is the old-time religion. Don't you thank God for that! Some of us do. The Gospel has kept me free for 40 years. The devil had his heel on my neck and he had crushed me down and laid me out. I was not only down and out financially; I was down every other way. I could not walk around; I was lying in a dying condition in a shack down here in the north end of town — at the end of everything — in despair. All those years that I wandered over this country in awful despair and discouragement, the devil hounded my tracks everywhere. There were two fears that I had: one was fear of death. Every time I saw a funeral it would make me feel terrible. The other fear was the fear of losing my mind. The devil held those two fears over me until the night that God saved my soul. And let me tell you, when you fear death and insanity you have no peace of mind, no peace of heart, no victory in your soul, and no happiness. You are a sorrowful, melancholy piece of humanity.


But I thank God that He broke the chains and set me free and said, "Go, and sin no more"; and a star aro se on my horizon. A poor old drunken, down-and-out man on the skid road found Jesus Christ; and He has kept him living straight and walking the narrow way. He said, "Take my yoke upon you, . and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." This is the easy way. I had the yoke of Satan on me. I was old and decrepit at 26 years of age; but I am alive, well, and healthy at 70 now. I have more victory in my life and more strength than I ever had. I am going strong!


God will make every man go strong in this Gospel. I am not going to lay this down and let someone else take my crown I expect to fight this through to the last moment of my life, the last round of this fight. I want to die fighting for it. It is worth it.


Did you ever read in this Bible about the rewards of the righteous: about the Heaven we are going to, the Holy City that has streets of trans­parent gold, and the gates of pearl, and the tree of life that is over there, and all the holy angels? Now is the time to get ready for that City. Praising Him will be our business up there; we are not going up there to preach, or to give our testimony about being saved from the skid road. All we are going to do through all eternity is to praise God. If you don't believe it, I am going to let you see it right now through His Word in the Book of Revelation. The Spirit of the Lard Jesus came upon John as he was upon the island of Patmos. God showed John something. What He showed John, He is showing us tonight, and it is for us to take heed to. This is what he saw:


"After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands."


They did not have any black robes, but white robes. And where did they get those robes? We will find out:


"And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

"And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,

"Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen" (Revelation 7:9-12).


What do you think of that! Here they are, all these nations, and tongues, and people, in white robes, singing the praises and blessings of God and giving Him thanks for ever and ever.


"And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?

"And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb."


That is how they got their white robes. They washed them in the Blood of the Lamb; they believed in the Atonement; they believed in the shed Blood of Jesus Christ, and they believed that He was the propitiation for our sins; and they got under the Blood, and their sins were washed away. When their sins were washed away, they were white. They had palms of victory. If you ever get victory you will have to come through the Blood.


"Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them."


God Himself is going to dwell among us. He is among us now, but we cannot see Him. In that day we shall see Him and know Him as He is. Now we see through a glass darkly, but then we shall see Him face to face. Won't it be wonderful when we look upon that blessed Savior of ours, that glorious Lamb of God, and realize that it is through His infinite mercy that we are saved? It was the love of God the Father that Sent the Savior all the way from Heaven dawn to this earth, and let Him be spat upon and reviled and finally slaughtered—nailed to the cross—and let His Blood be shed, that we might be white and made ready to stand before Him and look upon His face.


"They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.

"For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes."


There is a time coming when we will riot be shedding any more tears. We shed a lot of them now over our loved ones who are out of the ark of safety, and we do a lot of praying now; but, thank God, that will all be over. My friends, if we are faithful we are going to see many of our people over there. I thanked God today when I thought about my people. My old mother used to fight me when I first came into the Gospel. She came all the way from Idaho to get me out of it; and she tried hard. She had some friends who tried hard, too, but I held on and stayed with it; and I saw her get saved; I saw her get sanctified; and I saw her receive her baptism on her deathbed, and God fitted her for the Bride of Christ. I saw one of my sisters get saved; and last November God saved my brother and took him on to Glory. Last May another brother got saved, and he went on. Then my other sister got saved and she went Home. They are all gone. I am the only one left of my family.


Now we are going to have a great prayer meeting. If you want to be saved and get under the Blood and get a white robe, come to Jesus today. There are going to be some wonderful blessings in that wonderful City. That is where I want my citizenship. Don't you?


By Rev J. Robbins

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