Redeeming

August 22, 2010

I am overwhelmed by God’s grace in my life and the lives of those around me.

I had a long talk with a sweet friend of mine this weekend, where we ended up sharing with each other areas of our lives where we were struggling to do what we knew needed to be done. Struggling to be obedient to God’s prompting. His requests don’t always make sense.

Sometimes I try to ignore the struggle. Sometimes I try to silence that already quiet voice and act like I don’t hear it’s prodding.

But it usually isn’t long before I realize what he was asking me to do was not a punishment, but protection. He goes to great lengths to protect and defend me. He is filled with grace for me.

I love this hymn, written by Robert Robinson, and how it sums up God’s grace extended towards us:

Come though fount of every blessing,

Tune my heart to sing thy grace;

Streams of mercy never ceasing,

Call for songs of loudest praise;

Teach me some melodious sonnet,

Sung by flaming tongues above;

Praise the name, I’m fixed upon it,

Mount of thy redeeming love.

Jesus sought me when a stranger,

Wandering from the fold of God;

He to rescue me from danger,

Interposed His precious blood;

How His kindness yet pursues,

Mortal tongue can never tell;

Clothed in flesh til death shall loose me,

I cannot proclaim it well.

Oh to grace how great a debtor,

Daily I’m constrained to be!

Let that grace now like a fetter

Bind my wandering heart to thee.

Prone to wander, Lord I feel it,

Prone to leave the God I love;

Here’s my heart Lord, O take and seal it,

Seal it for Thy courts above.

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