Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Ever Sung This One?

Have you ever sung this hymn before? 
Have you ever sung a song like it before? 
Shouldn't we?

"O God, Thy Righteousness We Own"
Charles Wesley

O God, Thy righteousness we own;
Judgment is at Thy house begun!
With humble awe Thy rod we hear,
And guilty in Thy sight appear;
We cannot in Thy judgment stand,
But sink beneath Thy mighty hand.

Our mouth as in the dust we lay,
And still for mercy, mercy pray;
Unworthy to behold Thy face,
Unfaithful stewards of Thy grace,
Our sin and wickedness we own,
And deeply for acceptance groan.

We have not, Lord, Thy gifts improved,
But basely from Thy statutes roved,
And done Thy loving Spirit spite,
And sinned against the clearest light,
Brought back Thy agonizing pain,
And nailed Thee to Thy cross again.

Yet do not drive us from Thy face,
A stiff-necked and hard-hearted race;
But oh! in tender mercy break
The iron sinew in our neck;
The softening power of love impart,
And melt the marble of our heart.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal

For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God;
and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome
for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 
(1 Peter 4:17 ESV)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


Dear Kent, here (on this page) is a prayer that, years ago, I came across in a book entitled PRAYERS FOR WORSHIP by E Lee Phillips, Word Books, Publisher, Copyright © 1979, Word Inc, Waco, Texas 76703, p. 61. On different occasions I have had opportunity to use this prayer in the ministry. (The author cites the value and importance of using and reading written prayers as well as spontaneous prayers, pointing to ideas of such, set forth in passages like the Psalms of David, which were written songs for Israel as well, and many saints of God who offered fervent petitions and/or claimed various, divine promises by simple faith were surely rewarded by Heaven.) Scriptural praying and hymn singing prayers to God, I know are encouraged by many. --Dad
“We are sorry, God, for our wayward handling of life.
We have squandered time, hoarded money, avoided challenges, and used others.
We have borne waiting grievously, illness stubbornly, trials reluctantly, and responsibility halfheartedly.
We have doubted Thy care, mistrusted Thy providence, distorted Thy power, and ignored Thy love.
We have neglected our discipleship, injured our relationships, sabotaged our fellowship, and underrated Thy forgiveness.
Forgive us now, we pray,
And let us try again,
Sensitive to Thy Spirit
And committed to Thy will. Amen.” -- E. Lee Phillips