Lyrical Mondays: “O Come, All Ye Faithful

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In honor of the season of preparation, expecting and hope for the future we will be reflecting upon “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”  I have included the first verse, fifth verse and sixth verse. Two lines stand out to me that I hope you absorb.  The first is from verse five and it says, “Who would not love thee, loving us so dearly?”  The second is from verse six and it says, “Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.”  The depth of meaning in this song is inspiring.  May you enjoy the richness of these words.

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem.
Come and behold him, born the king of angels;

O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

Child, for us sinners poor and in the manger,
we would embrace thee with love and awe.
Who would not love thee, loving us so dearly?

O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning,
Jesus, to thee be all glory given.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.

O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

Words by John F. Wade, 1743; Translated by Frederick Oakeley, 1841.

Lyrical Mondays: “My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less”

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For this week’s “Lyrical Mondays” we are reflecting on the lyrics from the song, “My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less.”  As you read these lyrics may your heart be blessed and your spirit realigned to that which is the foundation of our lives, Jesus Christ.

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.

On Christ the Solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.

On Christ, the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

Written by Edward Mote

“Why should I gain from His reward?”

How Deep The Father's Love for Us

Recently I have found myself deeply moved and touched by the words of songs.  I have decided that I would share a few songs in hopes that they may move your spirit as they have moved mine.  May you reflect, lament, allow an impression to be made on your heart and then rejoice over the words that you are about to read.

How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that left Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

“How Deep The Father’s Love For Us”

Stuart Townend

God Promises to…

Recently I posted an article entitled Resenting God Because Of Me and in that article I discussed what true biblical faith is and is not.  If you would like to read the article then click here but for the purposes of this article I will summarize biblical faith.  Biblical faith is hope that has been married with a promise from God.  Hope without a promise from God is not faith.  Therefore, faith could be defined as believing God in both who He is and what He says.  Faith means believing that God is God and that God will do what He says He will.

If you accept this definition of faith then you will probably begin to ask, how do you know what God has promised?  As I wrestled with trying to answer this question I found myself with two answers- one answer is simple while the other is more complex yet both of them seem to be correct.  First we can say that if it is written in the Bible then we can see that as a promise from God.  The struggle of course is this- how do we know we are interpreting the Bible correctly?

Answering the question of correct interpretation also gives us our second answer to the question of, how do we know what God promises.  The answer I believe is found within the Wesleyan Quadrilateral.  The following explanation is only a brief overview but should be sufficient to help you understand how to discern what God promises.

First we should check our interpretation with the rest of the Bible.  Does our interpretation fit with the rest of the Bible?  If it does not then we are probably wrong.  Next, does our interpretation fit within reason or logic- in other words is it logical?  Does it fit within the traditions of the Church?  Many smart people have gone before us worshiping and loving God, their opinion should account for something.  Lastly, does the interpretation fit within our experience as a Christian? As I hope you see, understanding God’s promises is not something we do on our own but rather is something that we are informed of by the Bible, by our own mind and experience (reason and experience) and lastly confirmed by the past two thousand years of Church history.  Discovering God’s promise is a collective effort done by the entire body of Christ, the Church.

Although I do not believe it to be common, I do not want to eliminate nor deny God’s ability to speak promises into your life.  If you believe that God has spoken directly to you, then I would say you should measure that against the four things that we discussed above.  Does the promise fit within Scripture, reason or logic, experience and tradition of the Church?  If it does and you truly believe that it was God speaking to you then it may very well be a promise from God.

If you are still unsure or do not feel comfortable analyzing the promise against the four things mentioned above (the Wesleyan Quadrilateral) then I would say talk to a trusted friend or pastor.  Find someone who is educated and sensitive to God- they may just be able to answer your questions.  Whatever happens, I hope you always remember that God is God and that God will do exactly as He says He will.