The Call of the Master
The Master [King] has come, and He calls us to follow
the track of the footprints He leaves on our way;
far over the mountain and through the deep hollow,
the path leads us on to the mansions of day;
the Master [King] has called us, the children who fear Him,
who march ‘neath Christ’s banner, His own little band;
we love Him and seek Him, we long to be near Him,
and rest in the light of His beautiful land.
The Master [King] has called us; the road may be dreary,
and dangers and sorrows are strewn on the track;
but God’s Holy Spirit shall comfort the weary;
we follow the Savior and cannot turn back.
The Master [King] has called us; though doubt and temptation
may compass our journey, we cheerfully sing:
“press onward, look upward,” thru much tribulation;
the children of Zion must follow their King.
The Master [King] has called us, in life’s early morning,
with spirits as fresh as the dew on the sod;
we turn from the world, with its smiles and its scorning
to cast in our lot with the people of God:
the Master [King] has called us, His sons and His daughters,
We plead for His blessing and trust in His love:
and thru the green pastures, beside the still waters,
He’ll lead us at last to His kingdom above.
-Sarah Doudney, 1871 (emphasis and added “King” mine)
This has recently been a new favorite hymn for our family. While singing it last evening during family devotions, the words leaped at me. I have been studying over the past several months the topic of Christ’s Kingdom and what it means to be a part of it. I read the song several times without its catchy Welsh melody and replaced “Master” with “King”. It was both inspiring and troubling.
Do I truly follow my King and “march ‘neath Christ’s banner”?
Do I truly “love Him and seek Him, [and] long to be near Him“?
Do I “cheerfully sing: ‘press onward, look upward,’ thru much tribulation;”?
Do I truly “turn from the world, with its smiles and its scorning”?
King Jesus is calling for subjects for His Kingdom.
What does it mean to be a citizen of Christ’s Kingdom?
What is Christ’s Kingdom?
Am I a citizen? That is a life or death question so I definitely want to get it right.
The blog posts following, except for an occasional interruption for some “life in Alaska” photos, will be a series on this subject.