Archive for the ‘Songs’ Category

Loving God
September 29, 2008

When we love and obey God, many blessings flow into our lives. But a true devotion to God does not love God simply for the gifts he gives. We love God just because he is God and deserves our worship.

This fundamental truth is expressed unambiguously in this anonymous poem, or hymn, from 17th Century Latin.

My Eternal King

My God, I love you
Not because I hope for Heaven thereby
Nor yet because those who love you not
Must die etrnally.
Jesus, you did for me upon the cross embrace
Nails and spear and manifold disgrace.
Why, then, why, O blessed Jesus Christ,
Should I not love you well?
Not for the hope of winning Heaven
Or of escaping hell,
Not with the hope of gaining anything,
Not seeking a reward;
But as you yourself have loved me,
O ever-living Lord!
Even so I love you, and will love,
And in your praise will sing,
Solely because you are my God
And my eternal King.

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God’s Presence
September 7, 2008

Pietism, a renewal movement among Protestants in the 17th and 18th centuries, had many aspects. One was a deepening of personal devotion to God, as expressed, for example, in the following hymn written by Gerhard Tersteegen, who lived from 1697-1769. This English translation is by John Wesley.

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Meeting Christ
December 14, 2007

Text from the Liturgy of St. James:

Let all mortal flesh keep silence
and with fear and trembling stand;
ponder nothing earthly-minded,
for with blessing in his hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth
our full homage to demand.

What an aid to worship this is for me! The mystery of Christ coming to earth in the incarnation. The mystery of God coming to meet us in our worship. “Ponder nothing earthly-minded” is tough for me because my thoughts wander so quickly from the sublime to my ordinary human predicaments, I as I ponder these words I am lost in wonder and praise.