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Lords Day 3, 2009

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

HYMN 23 Part 2. (L. M.)
A hopeful youth falling short of heaven. Mark x. 21.
Isaac Watts (1674-1748)


MUST all the charms of nature, then,
So hopeless to salvation prove?
Can hell demand, can heavn condemn,
The man whom Jesus deigns to love?

The man who sought the ways of truth,
Paid friends and neighbors all their due;
A modest, sober, lovely youth,
And thought he wanted nothing new.

But mark the change; thus spake the Lord
Come, part with earth for heavn today:
The youth, astonished at the word,
In silent sadness went his way.

Poor virtues that he boasted so,
This test unable to endure;
Let Christ, and grace, and glory go,
To make his land and money sure!

Ah, foolish choice of treasures here!
Ah, fatal love of tempting gold!
Must this base world be bought so dear?
Are life and heavn so cheaply sold?

In vain the charms of nature shine,
If this vile passion govern me:
Transform my soul, O love divine!
And make me part with all for thee.

from The Psalms & Hymns of Isaac Watts. Hymns and Spiritual Songs. Book I: Collected from the Holy Scriptures

Psalme 119:1724 (Geneva Bible)

17 Be beneficiall vnto thy seruant, that I may liue and keepe thy woorde.
18 Open mine eies, that I may see the wonders of thy Lawe.
19 I am a stranger vpon earth: hide not thy commandements from me.
20 Mine heart breaketh for the desire to thy iudgements alway.
21 Thou hast destroied the proud: cursed are they that doe erre from thy commandements.
22 Remoue from mee shame and contempt: for I haue kept thy testimonies.
23 Princes also did sit, and speake against me: but thy seruant did meditate in thy statutes.
24 Also thy testimonies are my delite, and my counsellers.

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

Posted 2009·01·18 by David Kjos
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