Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Preserved and Prevailed

"Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel [prevailed with God; יִשְׂרָאֵל]... Jacob called the name of the place Peniel [the face of God; פְּנוּאֵל], for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved" (Genesis 32:28,30).  "Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth" (Psalm 124:8).  "He is a Shield unto them that put their trust in Him" (Proverbs 30:4,5).  "For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us" (1 Corinthians 5:7).        

When God called Jacob Israel
Who wrestled with Him face to face,  
He was preserved at Peniel,
For he prevailed by God's grace. 

Our help is likewise from the Lord
Who made the heaven and the earth,
Extending grace as His reward,
Promoting us with second birth. 

What grace is this which has preserved
Such sinners who deserve God's wrath,
To give them blessings undeserved
And shield them along their path? 

O Lord, when You were sacrificed,
You thus preserved us and prevailed
As our Passover and our Christ
With grace and truth that never failed! 

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