Thursday, January 14, 2010

Song I started the day with..

I absolutely love this song! I sang it this morning, and could not contain the joy and gladness that the Holy Spirit wrought in me by it.

God's Perfect Lamb
by Ron Hamilton

God spoke to Israel, "Bring Me a sacrifice,
Morning and evening, ev'ry day.
Offer a spotless lamb, without a blemish.
This is the command you must obey."

Daily the lambs were brought. Daily the blood was shed,
Laid on the altar built by man.
Then at the perfect time, God said to Israel,
"I will now provide the perfect Lamb."

At God's appointed time, Jesus, Messiah, came
To make the sacrifice for all sin.
No longer bring a lamb, Jesus has paid the price,
Clap your hands and let your psalms begin!

Sing Hallelujah! Praise to Jehovah!
Worship the God of Abraham!
Sing Hallelujah! Praise to Jehovah!
Once for all is slain God's perfect Lamb!

If you've heard the song, you know it has an "Israeli" feel to the tune, and it's quite easy to get to clapping. (And appropriate as well, since it is a joyful song!)

By the end of the last chorus, clapping is exactly what I was doing; when I realized this, I was immediately reminded of the Psalmist's exultation:
O clap your hands, all ye people;
shout unto God with the voice of triumph. (Ps. 47:1)

The joy is not just that He was the perfect sacrifice for sins. Indeed, that would be terrible news indeed if He simply died and that was it! The true magnificence is that He is not still on the altar — the Sacrifice is eternally sufficient. God has raised Him up again!

Now we see Him crowned with glory and honor — He Who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death...that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man. (Heb. 2:9)

God is gone up with a shout,
{YHWH} with the voice of a trumpet.

Satan could not bind Him;
no Grave could hold Him;
for death hath no power over Life!
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death — that is, the devil — and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. (Heb. 2:14, 15)

The JOY is in His Life! The Psalmist distinctly links JOY with the Resurrection of our Lord, and His presence both in this life and in the life to come, when he sings:
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth:
my flesh also shall rest in hope.
For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell;
neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Thou wilt show me the path of life:
in thy presence is fulness of joy;
at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
(Ps. 16:10, 11)

Blessed (happy) are all they that put their trust in him! (Ps. 2:12b


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Before the Throne of God Above
by Charitie L. Bancroft

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea.
A great high Priest whose Name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in Heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free.
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.

Behold Him there the risen Lamb,
My perfect spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I AM,
The King of glory and of grace,
One in Himself I cannot die.
My soul is purchased by His blood,
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ my Savior and my God!