Come to the Mercy Seat From the past where did it go In churches today it's a no show Come to the Mercy Seat Saints and sinners would all meet For the Heavenly Father to greet Come to the mercy Seat The Spirit's presences did comfort all As saints gathered to answer the call Come to the Mercy Seat No miracles in brass cloth and wood The Spirits message was understood Come to the Mercy Seat Believers met by the seekers side To ask the Spirit to come and abide Come to the Mercy Seat One by one on the bended knee Many would come to God to plea Come to the Mercy Seat So let's get back to the old way Seeking the alter to come and pray Come to the Mercy Seat Our sins He will now forbear Our tears we will leave there Come to the Mercy Seat
Growing up in the Salvation Army church the alter or mercy seat, as our church called it, was prevalent in our church's. And, I can remember the alter being filled with my preacher Daddy walking back and forth, in front of the alter, singing encouraging chorus, one after another, while all the people prayed through, as we would call it. Yes, prayer is the work of the church and it all starts with the bended knee.
Those were certainly "good old days" as the "Holy Spirit" filled" the church services. So, what has happened? Where are all the alters, in our modern day church sanctuaries ? (Exodus 25:17-22)
I guess one need only to stand up in front of the church, now-a-days, and shake the preachers hand, to confirm being saved. I'm not questioning the validity of such a maneuver, I just feel there's something special about kneeling before the Lord, in prayer, at an old fashion alter. It gives a testimony to others. But most importantly, it shows reverence to our Heavenly Father. (Psalm 95:6)
I love your poem. We all need to spend time at the mercy seat.
I agree with you as far as it seems this new generation has their own ways of doing things. The old-fashioned, old-time religion was beautiful and still is. However, we must also come to grips with change.
As people from the old-time religion period, we need to pray that God will send The Holy Spirit down and light His church on fire again. We need that passion and zeal back in our churches.
We also need to pray for this upcoming generation. They face spiritual battles even more fierce that ones I've faced. As the world gets darker, they need the Holy Spirit more than ever before!
I want to encourage you to keep up on your poetry and spread around your heart for prayer.