Westminster Abbey Choir – “This is the Day” (John Rutter)

YouTube – Westminster Abbey Choir – This is the day (John Rutter).

 

From one of my favorite contemporary choral music composers – John Rutter – comes this beautiful song composed for the royal wedding of Prince William and Princess Kate, April 29, 2011. Based on Ps.118:24 as well as many other psalms, it is appropriate not only for weddings but also for worship. As indicated above, it is sung by the Westminster Abbey Choir.

Published in: on June 26, 2011 at 1:00 PM  Leave a Comment  

Spurgeon: Meditate on God’s Mercy

“Grace Gems” carried this devotional from Charles Spurgeon this past Wednesday (June 22, 2011). This too is good food for our souls as we enter God’s house of praise and prayer. May our meditation on God’s mercy be sweet this day and throughout this week:

 

The mercy of God

“I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever!” Psalm 52:8

Meditate a little on the mercy of God.

It is tender mercy. With gentle, loving touch, He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds. He is as gracious in the manner of His mercy–as in the matter of it.

It is great mercy. There is nothing little in God; His mercy is like Himself–infinite. You cannot measure it. His mercy is so great–that it forgives great sins of great sinners, after great lengths of time; and then gives great favors and great privileges, and raises us up to great enjoyments in the great Heaven of the great God!

It is undeserved mercy, as indeed all true mercy must be, for deserved mercy is only a misnomer for justice. There was no right on the sinner’s part, to the saving mercy of the Most High God. Had the rebel been doomed at once to eternal fire–he would have justly merited the doom; and if delivered from wrath, sovereign love alone has found a cause, for there was none in the sinner himself.

It is rich mercy. Some things are large–but have little efficacy in them–but this mercy is:
a cordial to your drooping spirits;
a golden ointment to your bleeding wounds;
a heavenly bandage to your broken bones;
a royal chariot for your weary feet;
a bosom of love for your trembling heart!

It is manifold mercy. As Bunyan says, “All the flowers in God’s garden are double.” There is no single mercy. You may think you have but one mercy–but you shall find it to be a whole cluster of mercies.

It is abounding mercy. Millions have received it–yet far from its being exhausted, it is as fresh, as full, and as free as ever!

It is unfailing mercy. It will never leave you. If saved by sovereign mercy–mercy will be . . .
with you in temptation–to keep you from yielding;
with you in trouble–to prevent you from sinking;
with you in living–to be the light and life of your countenance; and
with you in dying–to be the joy of your soul when earthly comfort is ebbing fast!

“I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever!” Psalm 89:1

 

Luther on Crying “Abba, Father”

The “Desiring God” blog (June 24, 2011) carried this powerful quote from M.Luther about the need to cry “Abba, Father” in the face of our sin-loaded conscience and Satan’s temptations to distrust God and His love for us. The quote is part of Luther’s commentary on Galatians 4:6. Good thoughts for us as we prepare to worship our Father in heaven, unworthy sinners that we are.

 

The lips say nothing, but the heart says something like this: ‘Although I am oppressed with anguish and fear on every side and seem to be forsaken and utterly cast away from your presence, I am still your child, and you are my Father, and for Christ’s sake. I am loved because of the Beloved.’

In serious temptations, when the conscience is wrestling with the judgment of God, it is inclined to call God not a Father but an unjust, angry, cruel tyrant and judge. And this crying, which Satan stirs up in our hearts, is felt strongly, for it seems then that God has forsaken us and will throw us down into hell. (See Psalm 31:12, 22.)

This is not the groaning that cries ‘Abba, Father’ but the roaring of God’s wrath. This is the time to turn your eyes away from the law and from the sense of your own conscience and to instead lay hold by faith on the promise, the word of grace and life that raises the conscience up again so that it begins to groan and say, ‘Although the law accuses me, and sin and death make me ever so afraid, yet, O my God, you promise grace, righteousness, and everlasting life through Jesus Christ.’ And so the promise brings a sighing, and groaning, which cries, ‘Abba, Father.’

Alister McGrath and J. I. Packer, eds., Galatians by Martin Luther (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 1998), 209.