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Lords Day 1, 2009


I reioyced, when they sayd to me, We wil go into the house of the Lord. (Psalme 122:1)

THE CROSS AND THE CROWN
Horatius Bonar (18081889)

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NO blood, no altar now:

The sacrifice is oer;

No flame, no smoke, ascends on high;

   The Lamb is slain no more!
But richer blood has flowed from nobler veins,
To purge the soul from guilt, and cleanse the

      reddest stains.

   We thank Thee for the blood,
      The blood of Christ, Thy Son;
   The blood by which our peace is made,
      Our victory is won;
Great victory oer hell, and sin, and woe,
That needs no second fight, and leaves no
         second foe.

   We thank Thee for the grace
      Descending from above,
   That overflows our widest guilt,
      The eternal Fathers love:
Love of the Fathers everlasting Son,
Love of the Holy Ghost, Jehovah, three in
         One.

   We thank Thee for the hope,
      So glad, and sure, and clear;
   It holds the drooping spirit up
      Till the long dawn appear:
Fair hope! with what a sunshine does it cheer
Our roughest path on earth, our dreariest desert
         here!

   We thank Thee for the crown
      Of glory and of life;
   Tis no poor withring wreath of earth,
      Mans prize in mortal strife:
Tis incorruptible as is the throne,
The kingdom of our God and his Incarnate
         Son.

Horatius Bonar, Hymns of Faith and Hope, First Series (James Nisbet & Co., 1878).

Psalme 119:18 (Geneva Bible)
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1 Blessed are those that are vpright in their way, and walke in the Lawe of the Lord.

2 Blessed are they that keepe his testimonies, and seeke him with their whole heart. 3 Surely they woorke none iniquitie, but walke in his waies. 4 Thou hast commanded to keepe thy precepts diligently. 5 Oh that my waies were directed to keepe thy statutes! 6 Then should I not be confounded, when I haue respect vnto all thy commandements. 7 I will praise thee with an vpright heart, when I shall learne the iudgements of thy righteousnesse. 8 I will keepe thy statutes: forsake mee not ouerlong.

Grace be with you, and Peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.



Posted 2009·01·04 by David Kjos
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