Thursday, January 15, 2015

Jesus, our great Friend

Today, as I am working on a sermon over Psalm 139, I am humbled by the great kindness of God.  He knows our every thought.  Think of that:  how many worthless thoughts have you had? (Today?) And yet, He loves those who are his with a power, intimacy, and care rivaled by no one: no mother's love, no spouse's faithfulness, no father's careful plans compare with our God's great covenant-love.

King David sings about it in Psalm 139.  And in this hymn, the concept is powerfully brought home as well.

1. Jesus! what a Friend for sinners!
Jesus! Lover of my soul;
Friends may fail me, foes assail me,
He, my Savior, makes me whole.

Hallelujah! what a Savior!
Hallelujah! what a Friend!
Saving, helping, keeping, loving,
He is with me to the end.

2. Jesus! what a Strength in weakness!
Let me hide myself in Him.
Tempted, tried, and sometimes failing,
He, my Strength, my victory wins.

3. Jesus! what a Help in sorrow!
While the billows over me roll,
Even when my heart is breaking,
He, my Comfort, helps my soul.

4. Jesus! what a Guide and Keeper!
While the tempest still is high,
Storms about me, night overtakes me,
He, my Pilot, hears my cry.

5. Jesus! I do now receive Him,
[or Jesus! I do now adore Him,]
More than all in Him I find.
He hath granted me forgiveness,
I am His, and He is mine.

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