Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Songs from Sunday

Some have asked about the origin of the lyrics that we sang to "Doxology" on Sunday. We started by singing the traditional:

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Praise Him all creatures here below!
Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts!
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

We followed this by singing a Psalm written by Issac Watts (Psalms of David) to the same tune. I hope that you enjoy these and that they are a blessing to your hearts! This ideas certainly did not come from me, but recently it was lead this way by a dear brother, Tom Clay, of First Baptist Church of Muscle Shoals. He led us in this song during the 2007 Reality Check Student Conference in Chattanooga, TN.

Show pity, Lord, O Lord, forgive,
Let a repenting rebel live:
Are not Thy mercies large and free?
May not a sinner trust in Thee?

My crimes are great, but don't surpass
The power and glory of Thy grace:
Great God, Thy nature hath no bound,
So let Thy pardoning love be found.

O wash my soul from every sin,
And make my guilty conscience clean;
Here on my heart the burden lies,
And past offenses pain my eyes.

My lips with shame my sins confess
Against Thy law, against Thy grace:
Lord, should Thy judgment grow severe,
I am condemned, but Thou art clear.

Should sudden vengeance seize my breath,
I must pronounce Thee just in death;
And if my soul were sent to hell,
Thy righteous law approves it well.

Yet save a trembling sinner, Lord,
Whose hope, still hovering round Thy Word,
Would light on some sweet promise there,
Some sure support against despair.

O depth of mercy!

Can it be that mercy’s still reserved for me?

Ah, can my God His wrath forbear

And me the chief of sinners spare?

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