A ring upon the sovereign hand of God (Jeremiah 3:14),
Forged ere before time was for His beloved (1 Peter 1:20, Revelation 13:8),
Reflects such glorious faithfulness entwined (Proverbs 27:19, 2 Corinthians 3:18),
As trusting babes feed hungrily (1 Peter 2:2-3), bells chime (Exodus 28:33-35).
The covenant thus signed in precious blood (Matthew 26:28, Mark 14:24, Luke 22:20)
Doth seal eternity for those inclined (2 Corinthians 1:22, Ephesians 1:13)
To harden not the heart drawn up by grace (Psalm 95:8, Hebrews 3:8-18)
Nor doubt the promises of heaven's call (2 Timothy 1:9, 1 Peter 2:21).
And at the feast prepared for all His saints (Matthew 22:8, Revelation 19:6-9)
A moment long-awaited with great hope (Matthew 24:4-5, 11:23-27, John 14:1-3),
All trials and suffering here proven to be (Romans 5:3, James 1:3)
No less than bricks in place upon the wall (Nehemiah 4:17).
But oh, "It's hard," we say, fire purging dross
and purifying silver within hearts (Psalms 12:6).
The husbandman plows (John 15:1) yet throughout the night (Psalm 30:5)
For the joy so set before Him from the start (Hebrews 12:2).
© 2014 Brian L Hunter