Charitie Lees Smith: Before the Throne of God Above | Hymn

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea.
A great High Priest whose name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.

My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in Heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

 

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin.

Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free.
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.

 

Behold Him there the risen Lamb,
My perfect spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I AM,
The King of glory and of grace,
One in Himself I cannot die.

My soul is purchased by His blood,
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ my Saviour and my God!


Do I love Jesus?

In response to yesterday’s post, I have the following to say of my own experience. I hope it encourages you.

 

I want to love Jesus more than I do. Yet I find that my heart often drifts into simple admiration. I’m convinced, with Justin, that this symptom of the heart is no small thing – that it betrays a sinister root of unbelief that still exists, and must be put to death. But it wont be put to death by mere trying. It must be killed with grace.

If you are like me, and you want to kill this root – this unbelief – in your heart, I want to encourage you with lyrics from a hymn that never fails to warm my heart toward my beautiful and wonderful Savior.

from “Before the Throne of God Above” :

“When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin.

Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free.
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.

The justice of God is satisfied in the death of the sinless Savior; my soul is counted free, and nothing but the full pardon and pleasure of God is now mine. When I think on these truths I can’t help but love Jesus. This is the ministry of the Holy Spirit.


Do you love Jesus?

I found this short post by Justin Taylor to be poignant and convicting.

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2012/03/16/admiration-of-jesus-without-love-for-jesus/


The Search

There’s no getting around the fact that we’re all broken. Every last one of us. Hurting, insecure, awkward, prideful. Ruined by illness, ravaged by divorce, raging against the self and the system. It’s true: we are fallen. We are screw-ups, messy and wayward. To know thyself–or to know anyone–is to see that this is true. No one is righteous; no not one.

Christians have sometimes tried to hide from this fact–putting on fronts of perfection, perpetuating false images of churches as polished, squeaky-clean country clubs for classy, happy saints… rather than hospitals for the damaged, ailing, addicted, recovering.

Which of course, is not good. The church, and the Gospel upon which it is founded, is not about perfection, but redemption; it’s about grace for those who don’t deserve it, hope for every single screw-up among us.

And yet I’ve wondered recently if the church–in reactionary efforts to purge itself of…

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