Remembering What God has done (on Psalm 107)

‘Whoever is wise let him attend to these things; …  consider the steadfast love of the Lord’ Psalm 107:43 as reminded in the rest of that Psalm

Remember what God’s love can do,
his steadfast love can shatter through
the binding dark, enslaving sin,
and life and love and freedom bring.

Think again! think again!
of all God’s love to sinful men!
Remember what his love can do,
give thanks for steadfast love to you:
Think and praise! think and praise!
for all his strong and loving ways!

Some lonely, restless, and athirst,
drift in unsettled wilderness,
but when they cry in faith for help,
he rescues out of such distress.

If you rebel against God’s words,
despising truth and laws revealed,
his mercy slighted, then you find
your growing plight is unrelieved;

but in this desperate estate,
turn, trust, and in your anguish cry –
he’ll rescue out of darkness, gloom,
and break your chains, rich grace supply.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for  he is good; his love endures for ever … they cried to their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.”
Psalm 107:verse 6

tune: Happy Day LM +refrain

Mercy and Rule (on Psalm 110)

Where is the kingdom of the Lord?
the victory divine?
accomplishing by powerful Word,
immutable design?
Mysterious mercy: mutineers
transformed invisibly –
a multitude of volunteers
now serve Christ willingly

Astonishing and splendid grace
that gives the blind true sight
to gladly turn and leave the ranks
of hostile, hopeless night.
The Son is promised Priest and King,
and perfect Sacrifice.
He’s at Jehovah’s side to bring
his help for my distress.

Enthroned in heaven, his rule extends
amidst his enemies –
he saves, but when forbearance ends,
he’ll crush his foes with ease.
Magnificent display of power,
his final Day of war;
Christ will not faint in conquest’s hour,
– we’ll praise him evermore

The Lord says to my Lord: ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.
… Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of your power, …
(Psalm 110:1,3)

Tune: DCM eg tunes of ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ – Forest Green (English Traditional Melody arr by Ralph Vaughan Williams ) or Christmas Carol by H W Davies

Mary meets Elizabeth

A leap of joy from a foetal boy,
his mother stirred to prophetic word
for the mother of Jesus had come,
(the Son of God enclosed in her womb).

Mary sang of God’s praise
and redeeming ways,
of her poor position,
and sinful condition,
of blessed experience,
God’s touch and sustenance
as taught in his Word,
and by Gabriel revealed;

those who approach him in reverent fear
find his rescuing mercy is near
but those who ignore, no regard for his name
are scattered, judged, empty, and end up in shame;
sang of covenant mercy to Abraham’s seed,
Messiah is coming to meet all our need.

“… and blessed is the child you will bear” … “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has been mindful of the humble estate of his servant …  His mercy extends to those who fear him … he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. … remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants for ever, even as he said to our fathers. “ Luke 1:39-56

Noel, Good News!

In the past God spoke to our fore-fathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heri of all things, and through whom he made the universe. Hebrews 1:1,2

There is a mighty Sovereign God
transcendent, yet concerned
for men and women, boys and girls,
revealing all we’ve learned
by teaching through the prophets down
the years to Is-ra-el,
and finally he sent his Son
– Jesus – good news, No-el.

DCM eg  ‘Noël’, tune of ‘He came upon a midnight clear’