Friday, June 16, 2017

Great and Gracious

"Great is the LORD… The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion" (Psalm 145:3,8).  "By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil" (Proverbs 16:6).  "My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me, the Fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water" (Jeremiah 2:13).  "Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich" (2 Corinthians 8:9). 

How great and gracious is the Lord: 
By His compassion He was urged
To bear the judgment on Him poured
By which iniquity is purged! 

The fear of God now prompts the heart
To view His cross on Calvary's mountain,
And thus from evil to depart
To find our Savior's cleansing fountain.   

His love would lead Him to the slaughter
To save our souls from condemnation,
Enriching us with living water
By dying to impart salvation.

How great and gracious, Lord, You are! 
You set aside majestic splendor
To draw us near who once were far
By dying as our soul's Defender!  

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