Author: Gary Shepard Tune: Amazing Grace (N. Johnson)
1. Amazing grace, Amazing Christ, Eternal Son revealed;
Our God in flesh, no beauty seen, His glory then concealed.
2. Amazing grace, O Jesus come, To do the Father’s will;
The everlasting righteousness, You brought and did fulfill.
3. Amazing grace, O suff'ring Son, Who by Himself alone,
Did by His blood purge all my sins, No more will they be known.
4. Amazing grace, O risen Christ, Your people justified,
Shall all be brought to trust Your name, With faith by You supplied.
5. Amazing grace, O King enthroned, Success crowns all You've done;
And all the glory shall be Yours, O God the Three in One.
A Sea of Sweetness
“Yes, He is altogether lovely! This is my Beloved,
and this is my Friend.” Song of Songs 5:16
As if she had said, “Look on Him in what respect or particular you wish; cast your eye upon this lovely One, and view Him any way; consider His person, His offices, His works, or any other thing belonging to Him. You will find Him altogether lovely, there is nothing disagreeable in Him, there is nothing lovely without Him.”
Jesus Christ is the loveliest person souls can set their eyes upon. He is the very essence of all delights and pleasures, the very soul and substance of them! As all the rivers are gathered into the ocean, which is the meeting-place of all the waters in the world--so Christ is that ocean in which all true delights and pleasures meet!
Christ infinitely transcends the most excellent and loveliest of created things. The excellencies of our altogether lovely Christ are pure and unmixed. He is a sea of sweetness without one drop of gall.
“Yes, He is altogether lovely! This is my Beloved, and this is my Friend.” Song of Songs 5:16 --John Flavel
Christ Sits on the Calm Throne of Eternal Serenity!
Jesus cannot change. He is as constant as He is great. As surely as He ever lives, so surely He ever lives the same. He sits on the calm throne of eternal serenity!
Change is the defect of things below.
Our brightest morn often ends in storm.
Summer's radiance gives place to winter's gloom.
The smiling flower soon lies withered.
The babbling brook is soon a parched channel.
The friend who smiled, smiles no more friendly welcomes. Bereavement weeps where once the family beamed with domestic joy. Gardens wither into deserts. Babylons crumble into unsightly ruins. On all things a sad inscription writes . . .
Time flaps a ceaseless wing, and from its wings, decay and death drop down. But Jesus sits high above all this. He is “the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” The love of Jesus is in perpetual bloom. It is always in summertime. The roots are deeply buried in Himself; therefore the branches cannot fade. Believer, drink hourly of this cup of joy.
Christ loved you fully when, in the councils of eternity, He received you into His heart.
He loved you truly when, in the fullness of time, He took upon Himself your curse, and drained your hell deep dues.
He loved you tenderly when He showed you, by the Spirit, His hands and His feet, and whispered to you that you were His.
He loves you faithfully while He ceases not to intercede in your behalf, and to scatter blessings on your soul.
He will love you intensely in heaven when you are manifested as His precious purchase and crowned as His bride!
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