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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Love constraining to obedience

Love constraining to obedience.

No strength of nature can suffice
To serve the LORD aright;
And what she has, she misapplies,
For want of clearer light.

How long beneath the law I lay
In bondage and distress!
I toiled the precept to obey,
But toiled without success.

Then to abstain from outward sin
Was more than I could do;
Now, if I feel its pow'r within,
I feel I hate it too.

Then all my servile works were done
A righteousness to raise;
Now, freely chosen in the Son,
I freely choose his ways.

What shall I do was then the word,
That I may worthier grow?
What shall I render to the LORD?
Is my enquiry now.

To see the Law by CHRIST fulfilled,
And hear his pard'ning voice;
Changes a slave into a child,
Rom 3:31
And duty into choice.

William Cowper (1731-1800)
Olney Hymns, 1779.

2 comments:

Unknown said...

"Now, freely chosen in the Son,
I freely choose his ways."

Nice. I hope the convention went well.

R. L. Vaughn said...

Yes, we had a very good convention, with very attendance in spite of the rising costs of travel. Wish you could have been with us. Martha B. gave us your regards.