Two Songs

audience-868074_1920Happy songs have grown silent,
Their melodies are lost,
Justice flows down in violence,
Like God’s wrath to the cross.

Judgment turns joy to mourning,
Voices cry with lament,
There’s a flood of fear falling,
A lyric of regret.

And the song goes on and on,
It goes on and on,
On and on.

But happy songs never cease,
From the stage near God’s throne,
Where thousands rise from their seats,
With the band called His Own.

For when His Own play their strings,
In chords of righteousness,
Undeserving voices sing,
Of Christ and holiness.

And the song goes on and on,
It goes on and on,
On and on.

God the Thunderer

Isaac Watts (1674-1748) wrote this hymn during a strong thunderstorm. The storm reminded him of the power of God and His coming judgment.

He titled it “God the thunderer; or, The last judgment and hell” and then added the following note:

[Made in a great sudden storm of thunder, August 20, 1697.]

Sing to the Lord, ye heav’nly hosts,
And thou, O earth, adore;
Let death and hell through all their coasts
Stand trembling at his power.

His sounding chariot shakes the sky,
He makes the clouds his throne;
There all his stores of lightning lie,
Till vengeance darts them down.

His nostrils breathe out fiery streams
And from his awful tongue
A sovereign voice divides the flames,
And thunder roars along.

Think, O my soul! the dreadful day,
When this incensed God
Shall rend the sky, and burn the sea,
And fling his wrath abroad.

What shall the wretch the sinner do?
He once defied the Lord;
But he shall dread the Thund’rer now,
And sink beneath his word.

Tempests of angry fire shall roll
To blast the rebel worm,
And beat upon his naked soul,
In one eternal storm.

Behind the lines

We often sing of God’s grace, mercy, and love, but we should also sing of His attributes of justice, holiness, and wrath. For when we clearly see the later three, it makes the first three all the sweeter.

Some of Watts most loved hymns are, “Joy to the World,” “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” and “Alas! and Did my Savior Bleed.”

The Christian Classics Ethereal Library has made available a free PDF of the “Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts” and you can download it from their website. 

Infinite Otherness

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Before the first morning,
Before an angel could fly,
Further than the mind can go,
Further than the mind can go,
You were there, You were there,
In splendor and light.

Self-Existing, Otherness,
The Almighty, Infinite,
In Your glory, Infinite,
Infinite in holiness,
In holiness.

Long before creation,
You sang a melody unknown,
A timeless chorus of love,
A timeless chorus of love,
Filling the air, filling the air,
Around Your throne.

And when creation’s time had come,
A new song spilled from Your tongue,
Then You came, O Infinite.

Behind the lines

Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, 9 remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose (Isaiah 46:8–10 ESV).

Turn My Eyes


Lord, turn my eyes from worthless things,
Give me life in Your ways,
Confirm Your faithful promises,
Keep me from fruitless days.

Oh, strengthen me if I am weak,
Or lost in sin’s blindness,
Come shine Your rays of healing grace,
Turn my eyes from darkness.

Yes, Your Word brings discerning light,
To hate the world’s false ways,
Take selfishness far from me, Lord,
Incline my heart to praise!

Lord, when temptations come my way,
And try to block my view,
Guide me toward the planned escape,
Turn my eyes back to You.

Lord, turn my eyes from worthless things,
To clearly see Your face,
For who can speak of all Your works,
Or declare all Your praise?

Behind the lines

With so many distractions calling for our eyes attention, it’s easy to get caught up in worthless things.  May our eyes ever be on the One who made all things, the One who died for our sins, and the One who is coming again.

May we be so in awe of Him that we cannot look away. May His beauty, His splendor and His majesty be our desire. May we long for The Groom as His pure Bride.  May we seek to honor Him in all things that we see and do. May we be good stewards of our eyes. May we be consumed with His Word, His Gospel, and His glory.  Lord, give us eyes to see.

What easily distracts you?

Psalm 119:37, Psalm 119, 106:2, 1 Corinthians 10:13

The Judge

law-1063249_1920Rejoice in God’s justice and wrath,
Give thanks for His equity,
Praise Him for His righteousness,
For He alone is holy.

Come and tremble before His throne,
The God of consuming fire,
Stand in awe of the Son who reigns,
The Just and Justifier.

Lord, You will judge every case,
Your judgements are right and true.
For all salvation and glory,
And power belong to You.

The wicked perish in Your wrath,
And You cast them all away,
But those justified at Your cross,
Live on in eternal day.

Repent and trust in Jesus Christ,
Kneel now or before His seat,
For all will confess He is Lord,
And bow at the Judge’s feet.

Wake the dead to praise Your grace,
Give new eyes so more can see,
For You will judge all the earth,
We need You desperately.

Behind the Lines

These lyrics celebrate God’s justice and wrath (which are not often sung about).  We do not want a judge who can be bribed, who ignores justice, or who changes his mind.  We really do want justice and the last judgement will come from the One who can’t be bribed and never changes. He alone is Holy, Righteous and Good and He will judge with equity.

I’ve been guilty of many things. I’m ever mindful and thankful for substitutionary atonement (where Christ took my sin, the Father’s wrath, and the punishment I deserve).

This Judge knows all about worldly injustice and He can sympathize with us. Have you experienced injustice? If so, look to the cross.

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