Christ our Wisdom, Righteousness, Etc., II

How heavy is the night That hangs upon our eyes, 1 Cor. 1:30 How heavy is the night That hangs upon our eyes, Till Christ with his reviving light Over our souls arise! Our guilty spirits dread To meet the wrath of Heav'n; But, in his righteousness arrayed, We see our sins forgiv'n. Unholy and […]

Christ Our Wisdom, Righteousness, Etc.

Buried in shadows of the night We lie till Christ restores the light; 1 Cor. 1:30 Buried in shadows of the night We lie till Christ restores the light; Wisdom descends to heal the blind, And chase the darkness of the mind. Our guilty souls are drowned in tears Till his atoning blood appears; Then […]

Election Excludes Boasting

But few among the carnal wise, But few of noble race, 1 Cor. 1:26-31 But few among the carnal wise, But few of noble race, Obtain the favor of thine eyes, Almighty King of Grace. He takes the men of meanest name For sons and heirs of God; And thus he pours abundant shame On […]

Regeneration

Not all the outward forms on earth, Nor rites that God has giv'n, John 1:13; 3:3, etc. Not all the outward forms on earth, Nor rites that God has giv'n, Nor will of man, nor blood, nor birth, Can raise a soul to heav'n. The sovereign will of God alone Creates us heirs of grace […]

Justification by Faith, Not by Works

Vain are the hopes the sons of men On their own works have built; Rom. 3:19-22 Vain are the hopes the sons of men On their own works have built; Their hearts by nature all unclean, And all their actions guilt. Let Jew and Gentile stop their mouths Without a murm'ring word, And the whole […]

Christ, or Wisdom, Obeyed or Resisted

Thus saith the Wisdom of the Lord, "Blest is the man that hears my word, Prov. 8:34-36 Thus saith the Wisdom of the Lord, "Blest is the man that hears my word, Keeps daily watch before my gates, And at my feet for mercy waits. "The soul that seeks me shall obtain Immortal wealth and […]

Christ the Wisdom of God

Shall Wisdom cry aloud, And not her speech be heard? Prov. 8:1,22-32 Shall Wisdom cry aloud, And not her speech be heard? The voice of God's eternal Word, Deserves it no regard? "I was his chief delight, His everlasting Son, Before the first of all his works, Creation, was begun. "Before the flying clouds, Before […]

The Promises of the Covenant of Grace

In vain we lavish out our lives To gather empty wind; Isa. 55:1,2; Zech. 13:1; Mic. 7:19; Ezek. 36:25, etc. In vain we lavish out our lives To gather empty wind; The choicest blessings earth can yield Will starve a hungry mind. Come, and the Lord shall feed our souls With more substantial meat, With […]

Salvation, Righteousness, and Strength in Christ

Jehovah speaks! let Isr'el hear; Let all the earth rejoice and fear, Isa. 45:21-25 Jehovah speaks! let Isr'el hear; Let all the earth rejoice and fear, While God's eternal Son proclaims His sovereign honors and his names. "I am the last, and I the first, The Savior God, and God the just; There's none beside […]

Christ Dwells in Heaven, But Visits on Earth

When strangers stand and hear me tell What beauties in my Savior dwell, Song of Solomon 6:1-3,12 When strangers stand and hear me tell What beauties in my Savior dwell, Where he is gone they fain would know, That they may seek and love him too. My best Beloved keeps his throne On hills of […]

The Church the Garden of Christ

We are a garden walled around, Chosen and made peculiar ground; Song of Solomon 4:12-15; 5:1 We are a garden walled around, Chosen and made peculiar ground; A little spot enclosed by grace Out of the world's wide wilderness. Like trees of myrrh and spice we stand, Planted by God the Father's hand; And all […]

The Church’s Beauty in the Eyes of Christ

Kind is the speech of Christ our Lord, Affection sounds in every word: Song of Solomon 4:1-11 Kind is the speech of Christ our Lord, Affection sounds in every word: Lo! thou art fair, my love," he cries, "Not the young doves have sweeter eyes." "Sweet are thy lips, thy pleasing voice Salutes mine ear […]

The Coronation of Christ, and Espousals of the Church

Daughters of Zion, come, behold The crown of honor and of gold Song of Solomon 3:11 Daughters of Zion, come, behold The crown of honor and of gold Which the glad church, with joys unknown, Placed on the head of Solomon. Jesus, thou everlasting King, Accept the tribute which we bring; Accept the well-deserved renown, […]

The Invitation of the Gospel

Let every mortal ear attend, And every heart rejoice; Isa. 55:1,2 Let every mortal ear attend, And every heart rejoice; The trumpet of the gospel sounds With an inviting voice. Lo! all ye hungry, starving souls. That feed upon the wind, And vainly strive with earthly toys To fill an empty mind. Eternal Wisdom has […]

Christ the King at His Table

Let him embrace my soul, and prove Mine interest in his heav'nly love; SS 1:2-5,12,13,17 Let him embrace my soul, and prove Mine interest in his heav'nly love; The voice that tells me, "Thou art mine," Exceeds the blessings of the vine. On thee th' anointing Spirit came, And spreads the savor of thy name; […]

Adoption

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,    […]

Christ Our High Priest and King

Now to the Lord, that makes us know The wonders of his dying love, Rev. 1:5-7 Now to the Lord, that makes us know The wonders of his dying love, Be humble honors paid below, And strains of nobler praise above. 'Twas he that cleansed our foulest sins, And washed us in his richest blood; […]

Original Sin

Backward with humble shame we look On our original; Rom. 5:12, etc.; Psa. 51:5; Job 14:4 Backward with humble shame we look On our original; How is our nature dashed and broke In our first father's fall! To all that's good averse and blind, But prone to all that's ill What dreadful darkness veils our […]

Electing Grace

Jesus, we bless thy Father's name; Thy God and ours are both the same; Or, Saints Beloved in Christ Eph. 1:3ff Jesus, we bless thy Father's name; Thy God and ours are both the same; What heav'nly blessings from his throne Flow down to sinners through his Son! "Christ be my first elect," he said, […]

Christ’s Dying, Rising, and Reigning

He dies! the friend of sinners dies! Lo! Salem's daughters weep around; Luke 23:27,29,44-46; Mt. 27:50,57; 28:6ff He dies! the friend of sinners dies! Lo! Salem's daughters weep around; A solemn darkness veils the skies; A sudden trembling shakes the ground. Come, saints, and drop a tear or two For him who groaned beneath your […]

Adam, Our Father and Our Head

Adam, our father and our head, Transgressed, and justice doomed us dead; 1 Peter 1:18; Galations 3:13; Romans 4:25 Adam, our father and our head, Transgressed, and justice doomed us dead; The fiery law speaks all despair: There's no reprieve nor pardon there. But, O unutterable grace The Son of God takes Adam's place; Down […]

Christ’s Suffering and Glory

Now for a tune of lofty praise To great Jehovah's equal Son! Now for a tune of lofty praise To great Jehovah's equal Son! Awake, my voice, in heav'nly lays Tell the loud wonders he hath done. Sing how he left the worlds of light, And the bright robes he wore above; How swift and […]

The Nativity of Christ

"Shepherds, rejoice! lift up your eyes, And send your fears away; Luke 2:10ff "Shepherds, rejoice! lift up your eyes, And send your fears away; News from the regions of the skies, Salvation's born to-day. "Jesus, the God whom angels fear, Comes down to dwell with you; Today he makes his entrance here, But not as […]

The Atonement of Christ

How is our nature spoiled by sin! Yet nature ne'er hath found Rom. 3:25 How is our nature spoiled by sin! Yet nature ne'er hath found The way to make the conscience clean, Or heal the painful wound. In vain we seek for peace with God By methods of our own: Jesus, there's nothing but […]

Christ’s Humiliation, Exaltation, and Triumph

The mighty frame of glorious grace, That brightest monument of praise Phil. 2:8,9; Mark 15:20,24,29; Col. 2:15 The mighty frame of glorious grace, That brightest monument of praise That e'er the God of love designed, Employs and fills my lab'ring mind. Begin, my soul, the heav'nly song, A burden for an angel's tongue: When Gabriel […]

Faith the Way of Salvation

Not by the laws of innocence Can Adam's sons arrive at heav'n; Rom. 1:16; Eph. 2:8,9 Not by the laws of innocence Can Adam's sons arrive at heav'n; New works can give us no pretence To have our ancient sins forgiv'n. Not the best deeds that we have done Can make a wounded conscience whole; […]

None Excluded From Hope

Jesus, thy blessings are not few, Nor is thy gospel weak; Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 1:24 Jesus, thy blessings are not few, Nor is thy gospel weak; Thy grace can melt the stubborn Jew, And bow th' aspiring Greek. Wide as the reach of Satan's rage Doth thy salvation flow; 'Tis not confined to sex […]

The Gospel the Power of God to Salvation

What shall the dying sinner do That seeks relief for all his woe? Rom. 1:16 What shall the dying sinner do That seeks relief for all his woe? Where shall the guilty conscience find Ease for the torment of the mind? How shall we get our crimes forgiv'n? Or form our natures fit for heav'n? […]

Hope of Heaven by the Resurrection of Christ

Blest be the everlasting God, The Father of our Lord; 1 Pet. 1:3-5 Blest be the everlasting God, The Father of our Lord; Be his abounding mercy praised, His majesty adored. When from the dead he raised his Son, And called him to the sky, He gave our souls a lively hope That they should […]

A Vision of the Lamb

All mortal vanities, begone, Nor tempt my eyes, nor tire my ears; Rev. 5:6-9 All mortal vanities, begone, Nor tempt my eyes, nor tire my ears; Behold, amidst th' eternal throne, A vision of the Lamb appears. Glory his fleecy robe adorns, Marked with the bloody death he bore; Seven are his eyes, and seven […]

A Hopeful Youth Falling Short of Heaven

Mark 10:21 Must all the charms of nature, then, So hopeless to salvation prove? Can hell demand, can heav'n condemn, The man whom Jesus deigns to love? The man who sought the ways of truth, Paid friends and neighbors all their due; A modest, sober, lovely youth, And thought he wanted nothing new. But mark […]

Christ the Eternal Life

Jesus, our Savior and our God, Arrayed in majesty and blood, Rom. 9:5 Jesus, our Savior and our God, Arrayed in majesty and blood, Thou art our life; our souls in thee Possess a full felicity. All our immortal hopes are laid In thee, our surety and our head; Thy cross, thy cradle, and thy […]

Spiritual Apparel

Awake, my heart; arise, my tongue, Prepare a tuneful voice; Isa. 61:10 Awake, my heart; arise, my tongue, Prepare a tuneful voice; In God, the life of all my joys, Aloud will I rejoice. 'Tis he adorned my naked soul, And made salvation mine; Upon a poor polluted worm He makes his graces shine. And […]

The Deity and Humanity of Christ

Ere the blue heav'ns were stretched abroad, From everlasting was the Word: John 1:1,3,14; Col. 1:16 Ere the blue heav'ns were stretched abroad, From everlasting was the Word: With God he was; the Word was God, And must divinely be adored. By his own power were all things made; By him supported all things stand; […]

The Song of Simeon

Lord, at thy temple we appear, As happy Simeon came, Or, Death Made Desirable Luke 2:27ff Lord, at thy temple we appear, As happy Simeon came, And hope to meet our Savior here; O make our joys the same! With what divine and vast delight The good old man was filled, When fondly in his […]

Custom in Sin

Let the wild leopards of the wood Put off the spots that nature gives, Let the wild leopards of the wood Put off the spots that nature gives, Then may the wicked turn to God, And change their tempers and their lives. As well might Ethiopian slaves Wash out the darkness of their skin, The […]

Hosannah to Christ

Hosannah to the royal Son Of David's ancient line! Mt. 21:9; Luke 19:38,40 Hosannah to the royal Son Of David's ancient line! His natures two, his person one, Mysterious and divine. The root of David here, we find, And offspring is the same: Eternity and time are joined In our Immanuel's name. Blest he that […]

An Unconverted State

Great King of glory and of grace, We own, with humble shame, Or, Converting Grace Great King of glory and of grace, We own, with humble shame, How vile is our degen'rate race, And our first father's name. From Adam flows our tainted blood, The poison reigns within; Makes us averse to all that's good, […]

Few Saved

Broad is the road that leads to death, And thousands walk together there; Or, The Almost-Christian, the Hypocrite,and Apostate Broad is the road that leads to death,AC And thousands walk together there; But wisdom shows a narrower path, With here and there a traveller. "Deny thyself, and take thy cross," Is the Redeemer's great command; […]

Christ Our Passover

Lo, the destroying angel flies To Pharaoh's stubborn land; Lo, the destroying angel flies To Pharaoh's stubborn land; The pride and flower of Egypt dies By his vindictive hand. He passed the tents of Jacob o'er, Nor poured the wrath divine; He saw the blood on every door, And blessed the peaceful sign. Thus the […]

Self-Righteousness Insufficient

"Where are the mourners," saith the Lord, "That wait and tremble at my word, "Where are the mourners," saith the Lord, "That wait and tremble at my word, That walk in darkness all the day? Come, make my name your trust and stay. "No works nor duties of your own Can for the smallest sin […]

The Distemper, Folly, and Madness of Sin

Sin, like a venomous disease, Infects our vital blood; Sin, like a venomous disease, Infects our vital blood; The only balm is sovereign grace, And the physician, God. Our beauty and our strength are fled, And we draw near to death; But Christ the Lord recalls the dead With his almighty breath. Madness by nature […]

The Offices of Christ, II

Join all the glorious names Of wisdom, love, and power, Join all the glorious names Of wisdom, love, and power, That ever mortals knew, That angels ever bore: All are too mean to speak his worth, Too mean to set my Savior forth. But O what gentle terms, What condescending ways, Doth our Redeemer use […]

The Offices of Christ

Join all the names of love and power That ever men or angels bore, Join all the names of love and power That ever men or angels bore, All are too mean to speak his worth, Or set lmmannel's glory forth. But O what condescending ways He takes to teach his heav'nly grace My eyes […]

The Names and Titles of Christ

'Tis from the treasures of his word I borrow titles for my Lord; 'Tis from the treasures of his word I borrow titles for my Lord; Nor art nor nature can supply Sufficient forms of majesty. Bright image of the Father's face, Shining with undiminished rays; Th' eternal God's eternal Son, The heir and partner […]

Characters of Christ

Go, worship at Immanuel's feet, See in his face what wonders meet! Borrowed from intimate things in scripture Go, worship at Immanuel's feet, See in his face what wonders meet! Earth is too narrow to express His worth, his glory, or his grace. The whole creation can afford But some faint shadows of my Lord; […]

Christ and Aaron

Jesus, in thee our eyes behold A thousand glories more, Heb. 7; 9. Jesus, in thee our eyes behold A thousand glories more, Than the rich gems and polished gold The sons of Aaron wore. They first their own burnt-offerings brought, To purge themselves from sin; Thy life was pure without a spot, And all […]

The Humiliation and Exaltation of Christ

Who has believed thy word, Or thy salvation known? Isa. 53:1-5,10-12 Who has believed thy word, Or thy salvation known? Reveal thine arm, Almighty Lord, And glorify thy Son. The Jews esteemed him here Too mean for their belief; Sorrows his chief acquaintance were, And his companion, grief. They turned their eyes away, And treated […]

Salvation by Grace in Christ

Now to the power of God supreme Be everlasting honors giv'n; 2 Tim. 1:9,10 Now to the power of God supreme Be everlasting honors giv'n; He saves from hell, (we bless his name,) He calls our wand'ring feet to heav'n. Not for our duties or deserts, But of his own abounding grace, He works salvation […]

The Repenting Prodigal

Behold the wretch whose lust and wine Had wasted his estate, Luke 15:13 Behold the wretch whose lust and wine Had wasted his estate, He begs a share among the swine, To taste the husks they eat! "I die with hunger here," he cries, "I starve in foreign lands; My father's house has large supplies […]

Free Grace in Revealing Christ

Jesus, the man of constant grief, A mourner all his days; Luke 10:21 Jesus, the man of constant grief, A mourner all his days; His spirit once rejoiced aloud, And tuned his joy to praise: "Father, I thank thy wondrous love, That hath revealed thy Son To men unlearned, and to babes Has made thy […]

The Different Success of the Gospel

Christ and his cross is all our theme; The myst'ries that we speak The Different Success of the Gospel 1 Cor. 1:23,24; 3:6,7; 2 Cor. 2:16 Christ and his cross is all our theme; The myst'ries that we speak Are scandal in the Jew's esteem, And folly to the Greek. But souls enlightened from above […]

Election Sovereign and Free

Behold the potter and the clay, He forms his vessels as he please: Rom. 9:20-23 Behold the potter and the clay, He forms his vessels as he please: Such is our God, and such are we, The subjects of his high decrees. Doth not the workman's power extend O'er all the mass, which part to […]

Conviction of Sin by the Law

Lord, how secure my conscience was, And felt no inward dread! Rom. 7:8,9,14,24 Lord, how secure my conscience was, And felt no inward dread! I was alive without the law, And thought my sins were dead. My hopes of heav'n were firm and bright, But since the precept came With a convincing power and light, […]

The Brazen Serpent

So did the Hebrew prophet raise The brazen serpent high, Or, Looking to Jesus John 3:14-16 So did the Hebrew prophet raise The brazen serpent high, The wounded felt immediate ease, The camp forbore to die. "Look upward in the dying hour, And live," the prophet cries; But Christ performs a nobler cure, When Faith […]

Salvation by Grace

Lord, we confess our num'rous faults, How great our guilt has been! Titus 3:3-7 Lord, we confess our num'rous faults, How great our guilt has been! Foolish and vain were all our thoughts, And all our lives were sin. But, O my soul! for ever praise, For ever love his name, Who turns thy feet […]

The Fall and Recovery of Man

Deceived by subtle snares of hell, Adam, our head, our father, fell; Or, Christ and Satan at Enmity. Gen. 3:1,15,17; Gal. 4:4; Col. 2:15. Deceived by subtle snares of hell, Adam, our head, our father, fell; When Satan, in the serpent hid, Proposed the fruit that God forbid. Death was the threat'ning: death began To […]

Dead to Sin by the Cross of Christ

Shall we go on to sin Because thy grace abounds; Rom. 6:1,2,6. Shall we go on to sin Because thy grace abounds; Or crucify the Lord again, And open all his wounds? Forbid it, mighty God! Nor let it e'er be said, That we whose sins are crucified Should raise them from the dead. We […]

Joy in Heaven for a Repenting Sinner

Who can describe the joys that rise Through all the courts of Paradise, Luke 15:7,10. Who can describe the joys that rise Through all the courts of Paradise, To see a prodigal return, To see an heir of glory born? With joy the Father doth approve The fruit of His eternal love; The Son with […]

Believe and be Saved

                                                                           Not to condemn the sons of men, Did Christ, the Son of God, appear; John 3:16-18. Not to condemn the sons of men, Did Christ, the Son of God, appear; No weapons in his hands are seen, No flaming sword nor thunder there. Such was the pity of our God, He loved the race […]

The Glories of the Lamb

Behold the glories of the Lamb Amidst his Father's throne; Rev. 5:6-12 Behold the glories of the Lamb Amidst his Father's throne; Prepare new honors for his name, And songs before unknown. Let elders worship at his feet, The church adore around, With vials full of odors sweet, And harps of sweeter sound. Those are […]