O WHAT matchless condescension
the eternal God displays,
claiming our supreme attention
to His boundless works and ways;
His own glory
He reveals in gospel days.
2 In the person of the Saviour
all His majesty is seen,
love and justice shine for ever;
and without a veil between,
we approach Him,
and rejoice in His dear name.
3 Would we view His highest glory,
here it shines in Jesus’ face;
sing and tell the pleasing story,
O you sinners saved by grace;
and with pleasure,
bid the guilty Him embrace.
4 In His highest work, redemption,
see His glory in a blaze;
beyond mortal comprehension
higher than an angel’s praise;
grace and justice
here unite to endless days.
5 True, ’tis sweet and solemn pleasure,
God to view in Christ the Lord;
here He smiles, and smiles for ever;
may my soul His name record,
praise and bless Him,
and His wonders spread abroad.
"And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORD, which I am commanding you today for your good? Behold, to the LORD your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it. Yet the LORD set his heart in love on your fathers and chose their offspring after them, you above all peoples, as you are this day. Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no longer stubborn. For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. You shall fear the LORD your God. You shall serve him and hold fast to him, and by his name you shall swear. He is your praise. He is your God, who has done for you these great and terrifying things that your eyes have seen. Your fathers went down to Egypt seventy persons, and now the LORD your God has made you as numerous as the stars of heaven.
APPROACH, my soul, the mercy-seat,
where Jesus answers prayer;
there humbly fall before His feet,
for none can perish there.
2 Thy promise is my only plea;
with this I venture nigh;
Thou callest burdened souls to Thee,
and such, O Lord, am I!
3 Bowed down beneath a load of sin,
by Satan sorely pressed,
by war without, and fears within,
I come to Thee for rest.
4 Be Thou my shield and hiding-place,
that, sheltered near Thy side,
I may my fierce accuser face,
and tell him Thou hast died.
5 O wondrous love! to bleed and die,
to bear the cross and shame,
that guilty sinners, such as I,
might plead Thy gracious Name!
Reading & Prayer
"With what shall I come before the LORD and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."
O WALK with Jesus, wouldst thou know
how deep, how wide His love can flow!
They only fail His love to prove
who in the ways of sinners rove.
2 Walk thou with Him; that way is light,
all other pathways end in night:
walk thou with Him; that way is rest;
all other pathways are unblest.
3 O walk with Jesus! to thy view
He will make all things sweet and new;
will bring new fragrance from each flower,
and hallow every passing hour.
4 Jesus, a great desire have we
to walk life’s troubled path with Thee:
come to us now, in converse stay;
and O walk with us day by day!
AND can it be that I should gain
an interest in the Saviour’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
that Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
2 ’Tis mystery all! the Immortal dies!
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the first-born seraph tries
to sound the depths of love divine!
’Tis mercy all! let earth adore,
let angel minds inquire no more.
3 He left His Father’s throne above –
so free, so infinite His grace –
emptied Himself of all but love,
and bled for Adam’s helpless race:
’tis mercy all, immense and free;
for, O my God, it found out me!
4 Long my imprisoned spirit lay
fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray,
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
my chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
5 No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head,
and clothed in righteousness divine,
bold I approach the eternal throne,
and claim the crown, through Christ my own.
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