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Lord’s Day 28, 2017


I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

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It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.

—1 Timothy 1:15

Hymn IX.
Encouragement.
imageJohn Newton (1726–1807)

My soul is beset
With grief and dismay,
I owe a vast debt
And nothing can pay:
I must go to prison,
Unless that dear Lord,
Who died and is ris’n,
His pity afford.

The death that he dy’d,
The blood that he spilt,
To sinners apply’d,
Discharge from all guilt:
This great Intercessor
Can give, if he please,
The vilest transgressor
Immediate release.

When nail’d to the tree,
He answer’d the pray’r
Of one, who like me,
Was nigh to despair;
He did not upbraid him
With all he had done,
But instantly made him,
A saint and a son.

The jailor, I read,
A pardon receiv’d;
And how was he freed?
He only believ’d:
His case mine resembled,
Like me he was foul,
Like me too he trembled,
Rut faith made him whole.

Though Saul in his youth,
To madness enrag’d,
Against the Lord’s truth,
And people, engag’d;
Yet Jesus, the Saviour,
Whom long he revil’d;
Receiv’d him to favor
And made him a child.

A foe to all good,
In wickedness skill’d,
Manasseh, with blood,
Jerusalem fill’d;
In evil long harden’d,
The Lord he defy’d,
Yet he too was pardon’d,
When mercy he cry’d.

Of sinners the chief,
And viler than all,
The jailor or thief,
Manasseh or Saul:
Since they were forgiven
Why should I despair,
While Christ is in heaven,
And still answers pray’r?

Olney Hymns. Book III: On the Rise, Progress, Changes, and Comforts of the Spiritual Life.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


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Posted 2017·07·09 by David Kjos
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