Thursday, March 24, 2016

Purpose of our Priesthood

"Unto thee, O my Strength, will I sing: for God is my Defense, and the God of my mercy" (Psalm 59:17).  "Deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain" (Proverbs 24:11).  "Ye also… are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ… But ye are… a royal priesthood… that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:5,9). 

The purpose of our priesthood now
Is first and foremost to give praise.
The Lord shall then instruct us how
To glorify Him in our ways. 

We live amid such strife and pain
Where we are called to rescue those
Who now are ready to be slain,
The souls for whom Christ died and rose. 

As holy priests to God we sing
And give to Him our adoration. 
As royal priests for God we bring
To souls His message of salvation. 

Lord, in our priesthood that You gave
We find our twofold purpose here: 
To reach the souls You died to save
And worship You as we draw near.   

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