Lord Speak to Me

Oh, hidden source of calm repose
Oh, all-sufficient love divine
My help and refuge from my woes
I am secure, if You are mine
In want, You are my full Supply
In weakness, my Almighty Power
In chains, You are my Liberty
My Light in Satan’s darkest hour

Lord speak to me until I speak
In loving echoes of Your tone
As you have sought, so let me seek
Your wandering children, far from home
Oh teach me, Lord, until I teach
The Living Word that You impart
Light up my words until they reach
The hidden depths of broken hearts

You are my Joy Unspeakable
My Life in death, my Heaven in hell
You are the Healer of my soul
My Tower of Strength where all is well
My Rest in toil, my Ease in pain
In shame my Glory and my Crown
My Peace in war; in loss, my Gain
My Smile beneath the devil’s frown

Oh use me Lord,use even me
Until the Throne of Grace I see
Bring on Your will; name when and where
In Jesus’ name, I will declare

-Arranged by Eric Scholtens

Chalmers: The Ordinary Christian Life

“In bygone days when God’s covenant people sought to strengthen their piety, to sharpen their effectual intercessions, and give passion to their supplications, they partook of the means of grace in all holiness with humble prayer and fasting.

When intent upon seeking the Lord God’s guidance in difficult after-times, they partook of the means of grace in all holiness with humble prayer and fasting.

When they were wont to express grief—whether over the consequences of their own sins or the sins of others—they partook of the means of grace in all holiness with humble prayer and fasting.

When they sought deliverance or protection in times of trouble, they partook of the means of grace in all holiness with humble prayer and fasting.

When they desired to express repentance, covenant renewal, and a return to the fold of faith, they partook of the means of grace in all holiness with humble prayer and fasting.

Such is the call upon all who would name the Name of Jesus. Such is the ordinary Christian life.

-Thomas Chalmers

Luther: His Discovery

I hated that word “righteousness of God,” which, according to the use and custom of all the teachers, I had been taught to understand philosophically of the formal and active justice, as they called it, by which God is righteous and punishes sinners and the unrighteous. Though I lived as a monk without reproach, I felt I was a sinner before God with a most disturbed conscience. I could not believe that he was placated by my satisfaction. I did not love, indeed I hated the righteous God who punishes sinners. Secretly, if not blas- phemously, certainly murmuring greatly, I was angry with God. Yet I clung to the dear Paul and had a great yearning to know what he meant.

Finally by the mercy of God, as I meditated day and night, I paid attention to the context of the words, “In it the righteousness of God is revealed, as it is written, ‘He who through faith is righteous shall live.” Then I began to understand that the righteousness of God is that by which the righteous lives by a gift of God, namely by faith.

This, then, is the meaning: the righteousness of God is revealed by the gospel, viz. the passive righteousness with which the merciful God justifies us by faith, as it is written,“The righteous one lives by faith.” Here I felt that I was altogether born again and had entered paradise itself through open gates. There a totally other face of all Scripture showed itself to me. And whereas before “the righteousness of God” had filled me with hate, now it became to me inexpressibly sweet in greater love.

This passage of Paul became to me a gateway to heaven. Then I ran through Scripture, as I could from memory, and I found an analogy in other terms, too, such as the work of God, i.e., what God does in us, the power of God, with which he makes us strong, the wisdom of God by which he makes us wise,the strength of God, the salvation of God, the glory of God.

-Martin Luther, Preface to Latin Writings.

Bunyan: Excerpt from The Pilgrim’s Progress

Then Christian began to gird up his loins, and to address himself to his journey. Then said the Interpreter, “The Comforter be always with thee, good Christian, to guide thee in the way that leads to the city.”

So Christian went on his way, saying,

Here I have seen things rare and profitable,Things pleasant, dreadful, things to make me stable
In what I have begun to take in hand:
Then let me think on them, and understand
Wherefore they showed me were, and let me be
Thankful, O good Interpreter, to thee.

Now I saw in my dream, that the highway up which Christian was to go was fenced on either side with a wall, and that wall was called Salvation [Isa. 26:1]. Up this way, therefore, did burdened Christian run, but not without great difficulty, because of the load on his back.

He ran thus till he came at a place somewhat ascending; and upon that place stood a cross, and a little below, in the bottom, a sepulchre. So I saw in my dream, that just as Christian came up with the cross, his burden loosed from off his shoulders, and fell from off his back, and began to tumble, and so continued to do till it came to the mouth of the sepulchre,where it fell in, and I saw it no more.

Then was Christian glad and lightsome,and said with a merry heart, “He hath given me rest by his sorrow, and life by his death.” Then he stood still a while, to look and wonder; for it was very sur- prising to him that the sight of the cross should thus ease him of his burden. He looked, therefore, and looked again, even till the springs that were in his head sent the waters down his cheeks [Zech. 12:10]. Now as he stood looking and weeping, behold, three Shining Ones came to him, and saluted him with,”Peace be to thee.”

So the first said to him,”Thy sins be forgiven thee” [Mark 2:5]; the second stripped him of his rags, and clothed him with change of raiment [Zech. 3:4]; the third also set a mark on his forehead [Eph. 1:13] and gave him a roll with a seal upon it, which he bid him look on as he ran, and that he should give it in at the celestial gate:so they went their way. Then Christian gave three leaps for joy, and went on singing,

Thus far did I come laden with my sin,
Nor could aught ease the grief that I was in,
Till I came hither. What a place is this!
Must here be the beginning of my bliss?
Must here the burden fall from off my back?
Must here the strings that bound it to me crack
Blest cross! blest sepulchre! blest rather be
The Man that there was put to shame for me!

-John Bunyan, from The Pilgrim’s Progress.

Anselm: Born of a Woman

“For it was appropriate that, just as death entered the human race through a man’s disobedience, so life should be restored through a man’s obedience; and that, just as the sin which was the cause of our damnation originated from a woman, similarly the originator of our justification and salvation should be born of a woman.”

-Anselm, Cur Deus Homo (Why God Became Man) Book 1.3

Edwards: Religious Affections

“True religion, in great part, consists in holy affections.

We see that the Apostle, in observing and remarking the operations and exercises of religion, in the Christians he wrote to, wherein their religion appeared to be true and of the right kind, when it had its greatest trial of what sort it was, being tried by persecution as gold is tried in the fire, and when their religion not only proved true, but was most pure, and cleansed from its dross and mixtures of that which was not true, and when religion appeared in them most in its genuine excellency and native beauty, and was found to praise, and honor, and glory; he singles out the religious affections of love and joy, that were then in exercise in them: these are the exercises of religion he takes notice of, wherein their religion did thus appear true and pure, and in its proper glory.”

-Jonathan Edwards, Treatise on Religious Affections.

Strachan: True Excellence

To function as human beings, we don’t have to enjoy what might be called high culture. Listening to classical music is not a necessary duty. But if we pay attention to our society, we can observe a steady downward pull toward the low and the base. Gravity seems to exert pressure not only on our vertical leap, but also on our souls. We choose what is easily consumed rather than that which requires thought, attention, and concentration.

The Fall not only left us as sinners, but has lowered our gaze and affected our appetites. We do not run toward the excellent, the complex, and the beautiful; rather, as Jonathan Edwards observes, “We are the highest affected with the lowest excellencies.” In Adam, our affections have grown dull. We stare listlessly at screens, when a realm of real beauty lies just inches away; we send our video-game characters on grand adventures while our own lives languish; we consume silly, pointless media instead of pursuing things of “the highest excellence.”

Conversion saves our souls. It also saves our senses. It reenchants the world. We come out of the waters of judgment, washed by the blood of Christ, to find the “greatest excellencies” all around us. The natural order teems with the beauty of God; the Word unfolds to us the mind, will, and heart of the Lord. Salvation does not remove us from this realm; it plunges us more deeply into this place and urges us to plunder our surroundings for God’s honor. Our hearts will not find contentment in lesser pursuits; God’s work in us means that we have a ferocious hunger for him—and for all true excellency, all true beauty, and all virtuous pleasure.

As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. (Psalm 42:1)

-Owen Strachan, Always in God’s Hands: Day by Day in the Company of Jonathan Edwards, 299.

Come Lord

Your people groan and cry for the curse to die!
Come Lord Jesus!
We want to see the world You’ve prepared on High!
Come Lord Jesus!
We claim the promise made by the One who Saves!
Come Lord Jesus!
To remake the World and destroy the Grave!
Come Lord Jesus!

Come Lord, come Lord! Come Lord, come Lord!
Come Lord, come Lord! Come Lord, come Lord!
Open up the heavens! Bring the City down!
Let us know Your presence! Let the trumpet sound!
Come Lord, come Lord! Come Lord, come Lord!

We will see all things in the Light You bring!
Come Lord Jesus!
Throw down the Devil and let the dead sing!
Come Lord Jesus!
Break loose the chains and free us from sin!
Come Lord Jesus!
Let the Beginning end and let Eternity begin!
Come Lord Jesus!

You are the God who sees! Open our eyes, Lord Jesus!
You are the God who knows! Open our minds – let Your truth flow!
You are the God who loves! Open our hearts to Your wonders!
You are the God who lives! Open the sky – let our lives begin!

-Eric Scholtens

Edwards: That the Glory of God’s Holiness May Be Consistent with His Grace

“The very end of Christ’s dying for sin, was that the glory of God’s jealousy, holiness and justice might be consistent with this grace; that while God thus manifested his mercy, we might not conceive any unworthy thoughts of God with respect to his majesty and authority and justice, as we should be in danger to do if grace was offered absolutely: we should not know what a great evil sin was, and how dreadful a thing it is to offend an infinite majesty, and how holy and jealous God is. Seeing therefore that this is the end of Christ’s coming, that we might be sensible of this, though we are saved and all sin forgiven; it seems therefore necessary that we should be made sensible of it, in order to our being brought into a state of salvation.”

-Jonathan Edwards, The Miscellanies, as recorded by Owen Strachan, Always in God’s Hands: Day by Day in the Company of Jonathan Edwards, 320.

All of Our Tomorrows

This spinning world by Your own hand
Hurls ever on around the sun
The seasons march at Your command
The old departs, the new year comes
And though celestial is Your gaze
You search and care for all our ways
We offer up to You this day
And all of our tomorrows

May zealous youth and cautious age
Determine not the steps we choose
Great Shepherd, guide us through each day
Oh, how we want to follow You
Come Living Way, our way make clear
Let perfect love drive out our fear
Be Thou our vision, now and here
And all of our tomorrows

When winter makes us reminisce
Of warmer days so distant now
Of cherished saints the sun once kissed
Whose beauty passed behind the clouds
Let all our fond and longing tears
Remind us we are pilgrims here
We trust You, Sovereign of our years
With all of our tomorrows

Hands to the plow, we’re pressing on
And running hard to win the prize
Empowered by the love of God
With grace before and grace behind
For lo, what hope before us stands
You finish all that You began
Eternal joy is in Your hands
And all of our tomorrows

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