Lord’s Day 15, 2017
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
John Newton (1726–1807)
The ice and snow we lately saw,
Which cover’d all the ground;
Are melted soon before the thaw,
And can no more be found.
Could all the art of man suffice
To move away the snow,
To clear the rivers from the ice,
Or make the waters flow?
No, ’tis the work of God alone;
An emblem of the pow’r
By which he melts the heart of stone,
In his appointed hour.
All outward means, till he appears,
Will ineffectual prove;
Tho’ much the sinner sees and hears,
He cannot learn to love.
But let the stoutest sinner feel
The soft’ning warmth of grace;
Tho’ hard as ice, or rocks, or steel,
His heart dissolves apace.
Seeing the blood which Jesus spilt,
To save his soul from woe,
His hatred, unbelief, and guilt,
All melt away like snow.
Jesus, we in thy name entreat,
Reveal thy gracious arm;
And grant thy Spirit’s kindly heat,
Our frozen hearts to warm.
—Olney Hymns. Book II: On Occasional Subjects.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Please don’t miss worshiping with your local congregation
if you can possibly help it.
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