Saturday, January 16, 2010

The law and gospel

HYMN 120
S. M.

The law and gospel joined in Scripture.

The Lord declares his will,
And keeps the world in awe;
Amidst the smoke on Sinai's hill
Breaks out his fiery law.

The Lord reveals his face,
And smiling from above,
Sends down the gospel of his grace,
Th' epistles of his love.

These sacred words impart
Our Maker's just commands;
The pity of his melting heart,
And vengeance of his hands.

Isaac Watts (1674-1748)
Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Book II, 1707

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is only God who shall bring vengeance and then joy. The two are continually working together. When we see a fierce outbreak of storms which seem to give no end in sight, the sun is still shining just above it all.

Our Lord knew the purpose of laws before the foundation of the world. Without earthly laws there would be chaos. Without government there would be anarchy. Let God be the head of all.