SING THE PRAISES OF THE LORD Tune to "LOVED WITH EVERLASTING LOVE" 77.77/double Words by JIM BYRD
1. Now behold a mystery, Christ Himself the Deity; Came into this world of woe, Came to pay the debt we owe. Son of God mighty to save, His own life He freely gave; Praise His holy, blessed Name, Jesus Christ for sinners came; Praise His holy, blessed Name, Jesus Christ for sinners came.
2. Jesus Christ, the womanâ€™s Seed, Who alone could meet our need; Son of Man and Son of God, On this earth the Savior trod. Jesus lived in righteousness, Full of grace and truthfulness. Perfect Man of Galilee, Lord of all eternity; Perfect Man of Galilee, Lord of all eternity.
3. Christ has come, O sing this song, Christ the Savior promised long; And His death upon the cross, Saved us from eternal loss. Though He died, He ever lives, And to us salvation gives; Lift your voice, all glory sing, Unto our Savior, Christ the King; Lift your voice, all glory sing, Unto our Savior, Christ the King.
SCRIPTURE READINGS: MORNING: PSALM 89:15-37 EVENING: JOHN 8:12-32
"The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the LORDâ€™S doing; it is marvelous in our eyes." (Psalm 118:22-23)
THE PURPOSE OF GOD SHALL STAND "There are many devices in a manâ€™s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand" (Proverbs 19:21). Let men make their plans and set out to accomplish what their hearts intend to fulfill, only that which God has ordained will come to pass. Let men declare the great accomplishments they will achieve, they cannot change the counsel of the Lord. Let men make their determinations, yet the decree of God shall stand. Let men boast of the power of the human will, yet the sovereign purpose of God shall be accomplished. Let men foolishly speak of letting God do this or that, yet the Lord of Glory has declared, "I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it" (Isaiah 46:11). â€“Pastor Jim Byrd
GOD AND MAN "Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, and against the man that is My fellow, saith the LORD of hosts; smite the Shepherd..." (Zechariah 13:7). Take thy stand at the foot of the cross, and contemplate that great wonder concerning Him crucified who was fellow to the Lord of Hosts. View both His natures. He was truly and properly man. It was one express article in the covenant of redemption that "as by man came death, by man should come also the resurrection of the dead." Moreover, the first promise of the bible, which came in with the fall, was express to this purpose: "The seed of the woman should bruise the serpentâ€™s head." The devil had triumphed over the nature of man in the fall; and the same nature of man was promised to conquer death, hell, and the grave: and both the law and the justice of God were solemnly concerned that the same nature which had rebelled should obey, and the same nature which had sinned should atone; and all the divine perfections were concerned that He who undertook the purposes of redemption, should be the man that was fellow to the Lord of Hosts, even Christ Jesus. Secondly, as none but man could be suited for a Redeemer, so none but God could be competent to accomplish redemption. Hence he must be fellow to the Lord of Hosts. In point of dignity, in point of merit, the glory due to a Redeemer when redemption should be accomplished, and the adoration, love, and praise to be ascribed to Him, could never be suitable to any less than God. Hence by the union of both natures, Jesus, and Jesus only, who thus formed one Christ, became the very person here described, and was, and is, and ever must be, "the man that is My fellow, saith the Lord of Hosts." Whenever thou lookest up to the cross, (let it be daily, hourly, continually, yea, unceasingly) never lose sight of this glorious union of God and man in thy Jesus. Fix thine eyes, thine heart, thy whole affection upon Him; and while thou art resting all thine assurance of pardon, mercy, and peace, the joy of this life, and the glory of that which is to come, wholly upon thy Jesus; Oh! let thine ear of faith receive in transports of delight, the proclamation of God thy Father concerning Him, "the man that is My fellow, saith the Lord of Hosts." â€“Robert Hawker, April 10th, PM devotion (edited for length)