among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto Thy name.
He is the tower of salvation for His king:
and showeth mercy to His anointed, unto David,
and to his seed for evermore.” 2 Samuel 22:50-51
The True Demerit of Sin
Never was sin seen to be more abominably sinful, than when the burden of it was upon the shoulders of the Son of God! Would you, then, see the true demerit of sin? Take the measure of it from the cross of Christ! --John Owen
The Lord Our Righteousness
Author: Robert Murray M'Cheyne
Tune: How Firm A Foundation
1. I once was a stranger to grace and to God,
I knew not my danger; I felt not my load;
Though friends spoke in rapture of Christ on the tree,
JEHOVAH TSIDKENU was nothing to me.
2. Like tears from the daughters of Zion did roll,
I wept when the waters went over His soul;
Yet thought not that my sins nailed Him to the tree
JEHOVAH TSIDKENU, ‘twas nothing to me.
3. When free grace awoke me, by light from on high,
The Knowledge of Christ Brings Peace to the Sinner!
Even a knowledge of the divine perfections, if it could have been obtained without Christ, would only have driven us to despair, as it did our guilty first parents; for out of Christ, God is a consuming fire.
The convinced sinner looks at the greatness of God and says, “How can He stoop to notice a being so insignificant as myself?” He looks at His holiness and says, “God cannot but hate me as a vile, polluted sinner.” He looks at His justice and says, “God must condemn me, for I have broken His righteous law.” He looks at His truth and cries, “God is not a man that He should lie; He must execute His threatenings and destroy me.” He looks at God’s immutability and says, “He is in one mind, and who can turn Him? He will never change - He will always be my enemy.” He looks at His power and wisdom and says, “I can neither resist nor deceive Him.” He looks at His eternity and exclaims, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
Thus do all the divine perfections become so many sources of terror and dismay to the convinced sinner. But no sooner does he obtain a knowledge of Christ - than his fears vanish. The divine perfections no longer forbid him to hope for mercy, but encourage him to do it. Instead of the thunders of the law - he hears the compassionate voice of Christ saying, “Be of good cheer, My blood cleanses from all sin! Your sins, which are many, are forgiven!” He feels boldness to enter into the holiest of all through the blood of Jesus, and exclaims with the apostle, “Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Such are the blessed effects which Paul experienced from a knowledge of Christ, and which every true believer experiences. Can we then wonder that, Paul exclaims, “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith!” Philippians 3:8-9 --Edward Payson