Sunday, November 16, 2014

Consecrated Congregation

"David the king said unto all the congregation... the work is great: for the palace is not for man, but for the LORD God... And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the LORD?... Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy" (1 Chronicles 29:1-9). 

King David earnestly prepared
Materials for Solomon
To build the temple God declared
Would be erected by his son. 

Then David called the congregation
Before the temple was erected,
To stir a willing consecration
Of hearts which were by God perfected. 

The congregation made their choice
To offer willingly their hearts
To build the temple, and rejoice
As everyone fulfilled their parts. 

And who is willing in our day
To consecrate their service too?
The Lord is pondering our way
And searches for a heart that's true.  

As David said, "The work is great."
Yet how much more is this the case
To prompt us now to consecrate
Our hearts to serve the Lord with grace. 

Today we see God's temple plan
To rescue souls at any cost.
This palace isn't built for man,
But for our Lord, who saves the lost.

Lord, consecrate our hearts with love,
Since for our blessing, You were cursed!
On earth and evermore above,
We'll love You, since You loved us first.

Lord, consecrated now with favor
As Your own congregation here,
We show the lost there is a Savior,
And thereby make Your Gospel clear.  

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