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Is Christ in your music?

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I have previously posted the song (This Fathomless Love) on which this blogs name is from. Since then I had been thinking that I might want to post some of the songs that I like to sing. Now I'm not a good singer, but thankfully God only requires a joyful noise! Singing at Grace Fellowship Church has always been a delight of mine, but it has come to my attention more recently just how necessary good music is.

Ryan had brought a friend to church with us a couple of weeks ago, and the first thing that really struck him was the songs we were singing. Oh how important lryics are!!

Well I must say that our Band of Brothers (Josh, Ken and Dave and Jim) have been doing an amazing job of making the worship so much more important than themselves. They are good, but how encouraging it has been to have Josh lead us in such a way as to make himself invisable and at the same time directing our hearts to God! This band of brothers are serving us well in this regard.

So back to the songs themselves. Anything by Sovereign Grace Music I highly recommend. There was one hymn a year or so ago that really caught my attention, so here it is, "What you think of Christ is the Test" by John Newton:

 

What think you of Christ is the test
To try both your state and your scheme;
You cannot be right in the rest,
Unless you think rightly of him.
As Jesus appears in your view,
As he is beloved or not;
So God is disposed to you,
And mercy or wrath are your lot.
Some take him a creature to be,
A man, or an angel at most;
Sure these have not feelings like me,
Nor know themselves wretched and lost:
So guilty, so helpless, am I,
I durst not confide in his blood,
Nor on his protection rely,
Unless I were sure he is God.
Some call him a Savior, in word,
But mix their own works with his plan;
And hope he his help will afford,
When they have done all that they can:
If doings prove rather too light
(A little, they own, they may fail)
They purpose to make up full weight,
By casting his name in the scale.
Some style him the pearl of great price,
And say he's the fountain of joys;
Yet feed upon folly and vice,
And cleave to the world and its toys:
Like Judas, the Savior they kiss,
And, while they salute him, betray;
Ah! what will profession like this
Avail in his terrible day?
If asked what of JESUS I think?
Though still my best thoughts are but poor;
I say, he's my meat and my drink,
My life, and my strength, and my store,
My Shepherd, my Husband, my Friend,
My Savior from sin and from thrall;
My hope from beginning to end,
My Portion, my LORD, and my All.

My prayer is that I should live all my days to say that Jesus is my all, because without him I am nothing and can do nothing.

Name Sake

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I have come to love a good many things in my 31 years. I love my dear husband, my two sweet children, but one love is truly fathomless. The love of Christ is one that I am privildged to expierence, but find myself still in awe that he would choose to love this sinner. Here is one of my favourite songs, entitled “Fathomless Love”, that we sing at church:

 

Lord, what moved your heart to love lowly man

Before any star could herald your praise?

And why did you come, abasing yourself

Veiled in a robe of frail human clay?

Why would you, the pure, give your life for the vile

The innocent seeking the guilty

To be reconciled?

 

I can't comprehend this fathomless love

I'm gripped and amazed at what you have done

Why would the adored become the despised

To bear all the furious wrath that was mine...?

How awesome this mystery

Of your fathomless love... for me...

 

Why would you adopt and take as your own

Those who had crushed your one precious Son?

Why mercy and grace t'wards your enemies?

Your name they have cursed and your throne they have shunned

Oh, how could you choose to show kindness to these?

The ones who would mock you and hate you

The ones just like me?

 

Steve Cook/Vikki Cook (c)1999 PDI Worship

Verse of the day

"who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,"

  Psalm 103.3 (ESV)

 

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