Children of the heavenly King,
As ye journey, sweetly sing;
Sing your Saviour’s worthy praise,
Glorious in his works and ways.
Ye are travelling home to God
In the way the fathers trod;
They are happy now, and ye
Soon their happiness shall see.
O ye banished seed, be glad!
Christ our advocate is made;
Us to save, our flesh assumes,—
Brother to our souls becomes.
Shout, ye little flock, and blest!
You on Jesus’ throne shall rest;
There your seat is now prepared—
There your kingdom and reward.
Fear not, brethren, joyful stand
On the borders of your land;
Christ, your Father’s darling son,
Bids you undismayed go on.
Lord! submissive make us go,
Gladly leaving all below;
Only thou our leader be,
And we still will follow thee!
......If we are led by the Holy Ghost into the understanding of the truth, that we are called with a heavenly calling, that our home, our portion, our hope, our inheritance, are all above, "where Christ sitteth at God's right hand," we could never be satisfied to maintain a standing, seek a name, or lay up an inheritance, on the earth. The two things are incompatible: this is the true way to look at the matter. The heavenly calling is not an empty dogma, a powerless theory, nor a crude speculation. It is either a divine reality, or it is absolutely nothing.....
.....The same cross which connects me with God, has separated me from the world.....If the cross has come between me and my sins, it has just as really come between me and the world.....
C. H. Mackintosh