Behold what wondrous grace
The Father has bestowed

1 John 3:1ff; Gal. 4:6

   Behold what wondrous grace
   The Father has bestowed
On sinners of a mortal race,
   To call them sons of God!

   'Tis no surprising thing
   That we should be unknown;
The Jewish world knew not their king,
   God's everlasting Son.

   Nor doth it yet appear
   How great we must be made;
But when we see our Savior here,
   We shall be like our Head.

   A hope so much divine
   May trials well endure;
May purge our souls from sense and sin,
   As Christ the Lord is pure.

   If in my Father's love
   I share a filial part,
Send down thy Spirit like a dove,
   To rest upon my heart.

   We would no longer lie
   Like slaves beneath the throne;
My faith shall Abba, Father, cry,
   And thou the kindred own.

~ Isaac Watts

 

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