03 January 2010

Sunday Morning Praise

I suppose I should say Happy New Year to all of you! Personally, I find January 1 (or January 3 as the case might be!) to be just another day and so I purposefully avoided saying "Happy New Year" as much as possible this season. What's the big deal about a new year anyway? Perhaps we should wish everyone a "Happy New Month" on the first of each new month? "That's ridiculous!" you're exclaiming. Why yes it is, but is it so much more ridiculous than wishing a happy new year? But I digress...

If nothing else, I do want to wish you a very blessed Lord's Day! I pray you are able to enjoy fellowship today in a true, Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church. Sadly, those are growing more and more difficult to find in these post-modern, last days. If you, like me, find yourself currently between churches, let me offer you a refreshing alternative. While I would never encourage one to stay home and listen online to a sermon as a replacement for a church community, I know the discouragement that comes with "church shopping" and, in between "stops" let me direct you to the live online stream of Grace Community Church. This is the church of Dr. John MacArthur. So even if you spent your morning sitting amongst seeker-sensitive goats, you can at least spend your afternoon hearing some solid Bible teaching. Services are at 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM Pacific. I'll let you do the math for your respective time zones. Again, this does not replace the community and fellowship that we were created to be in. In these last days, a community of true believers is so very important! But, as I'm quickly discovering, God's Word is absent or, even worse, twisted in most of the so-called evangelical churches in our neighborhoods. So in my spiritual selfishness, amidst my dreaded "church shopping" I've taken to thoroughly enjoying the Grace Community Church service from the first hymn to the final Amen.

Speaking of hymns...
This first hymn does not have a corresponding video. It is Isaac Watts' Judge Me, O Lord, and Prove My Ways. I enjoyed the lyrics and felt they should be shared and likely should be prayed by each one of us!

Judge me, O Lord, and prove my ways,
And try my reins, and try my heart;
My faith upon Thy promise stays,
Nor from Thy law my feet depart.


I hate to walk, I hate to sit,
With men of vanity and lies;
The scoffer and the hypocrite
Are the abhorrence of mine eyes.


Amongst the saints will I appear
With hands well washed in innocence;
But when I stand before Thy bar,
The blood of Christ is my defense.


I love Thy habitation, Lord,
The temple where Thine honors dwell;
There shall I hear Thine holy Word,
And there Thy works of wonder tell.


Let not my soul be joined at last
With men of treachery and blood,
Since I my days on earth have passed
Among the saints, and near my God.


The next hymn may have been posted once before. All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name used to drive me bonkers whenever we would sing it in church! I think I had issues with the word "diadem." And no, I can't explain it, so don't ask! But over the past couple of years, I find myself drawn to this song. It seems God places it in many a church service just for me! Consequently, I've come to really love it! The video below skips many verses included in the original, but enjoy it nonetheless!

All hail the power of Jesus’ Name! Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem, and crown Him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem, and crown Him Lord of all.


Let highborn seraphs tune the lyre, and as they tune it, fall
Before His face Who tunes their choir, and crown Him Lord of all.
Before His face Who tunes their choir, and crown Him Lord of all.


Crown Him, ye morning stars of light, who fixed this floating ball;
Now hail the strength of Israel’s might, and crown Him Lord of all.
Now hail the strength of Israel’s might, and crown Him Lord of all.


Crown Him, ye martyrs of your God, who from His altar call;
Extol the Stem of Jesse’s Rod, and crown Him Lord of all.
Extol the Stem of Jesse’s Rod, and crown Him Lord of all.


Ye seed of Israel’s chosen race, ye ransomed from the fall,
Hail Him Who saves you by His grace, and crown Him Lord of all.
Hail Him Who saves you by His grace, and crown Him Lord of all.


Hail Him, ye heirs of David’s line, whom David Lord did call,
The God incarnate, Man divine, and crown Him Lord of all,
The God incarnate, Man divine, and crown Him Lord of all.


Sinners, whose love can ne’er forget the wormwood and the gall,
Go spread your trophies at His feet, and crown Him Lord of all.
Go spread your trophies at His feet, and crown Him Lord of all.


Let every tribe and every tongue before Him prostrate fall
And shout in universal song the crownèd Lord of all.
And shout in universal song the crownèd Lord of all.


[John Rippon add­ed this verse in 1787]
O that, with yonder sacred throng, we at His feet may fall,
Join in the everlasting song, and crown Him Lord of all,
Join in the everlasting song, and crown Him Lord of all!

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