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An Ode to Sovereign Grace

Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by Rippon, May 1, 2006.

  1. Rippon

    Rippon Well-Known Member
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    Dec 12, 2005
    May not the Sovereign Lord on high ,
    Dispense His favours as He will ,
    Choose some to life while others die ,
    And yet be just and gracious still ?
    Shall man reply against the LORD ,
    And call His Maker's ways unjust ,
    The thunder of whose dreadful word
    Can crush a thousand worlds to dust ?
    But , O my soul , if truths so bright
    Should dazzle and confound thy sight ,
    Yet still His written will obey,
    And wait the great decisive day !

    God's ways are just , His counsels wise ,
    No darkness can prevent His eyes ;
    No thought can fly , nor thing can move ,
    Unknown to Him that sits above .
    He in the thickest darkness dwells ,
    Performs His work , the cause conceals ,
    But though His methods are unknown ,
    Judgement and Truth support His Throne .
    In Heaven and earth and air and seas ,
    He executes His firm decrees ;
    And by His saints it stands confessed ,
    That what He does is ever best .
    Wait then , my soul , submissive wait ,
    Prostrate thyself before His awful seat ,
    And midst the terrors of His rod ,
    Trust in a wise and gracious God .

    Not all the outward forms on earth ,
    Nor rites that God hath given ,
    Nor will of man , nor blood , nor birth ,
    Can raise a soul to Heaven .
    The Sovereign will of God alone
    Creates us heirs of grace
    Both in the image of His Son ,
    A new peculiar race .
    Thus quickened souls awake and rise
    From the long sleep of death ;
    On heavenly things they fix their eyes ,
    And praise employs their breath .

    How oft have sin and Satan strove ,
    To rend my soul from Thee , my God ,
    But everlasting is Thy love ,
    And Jesus seals it with His blood .

    The Gospel bears my spirit up ,
    A faithful and unchanging God ,
    Lays the foundation of my hope ,
    In oaths and promises and blood .

    Not as the world , the Saviour gives :
    He is no fickle friend ;
    Whom once He loves , He never leaves ,
    But loves him to the end .
    Though thousand snares enclose his feet ,
    Not one shall hold him fast ;
    Whatever dangers he may meet ,
    He shall get safe at last .

    The spirit that would this truth withstand ,
    Would pull God's temple down ,
    Wrest Jesus' sceptre from His hand ,
    And spoil Him of His crown .
    Satan might then full victory boast ,
    The church might wholly boast ,
    The church might wholly fall ;
    If one believer may be lost ,
    It follows , so may all .
    But Christ in every age has proved ,
    His purchase firm and true ;
    If this foundation be removed ,
    What shall the righteous do ?

    ( By Christopher Ness [ 1700 ] )
  2. epistemaniac

    epistemaniac New Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    amen... awesome stuff

  3. Rippon

    Rippon Well-Known Member
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    Dec 12, 2005
    A belated thanks ,Ken . I am glad you appreciated it . Ness was also the author of An Antidote Against Arminianism . That was not a poem . It was a full-length treatment replete with scriptural proofs against non-Pauline positions of Bible doctrine . I had it printed out years ago . It's worth looking at , if you haven't already .
  4. Rippon

    Rippon Well-Known Member
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    Dec 12, 2005
    O Father , you are sovereign
    In all affairs of man ;
    No pow'rs of death or darkness
    Can thwart your perfect plan.
    All chance and change transcending ,
    Supreme in time and space ,
    You hold your trusting children
    Secure in your embrace .

    O Father , you are sovereign !
    We see you dimly now,
    But soon before your triumph
    Earth's every knee shall bow .
    With this glad hope before us
    Our faith springs up anew :
    Our sovereign Lord and Savior ,
    We trust and worship you !

    ( Margaret Clarkson , 1982 )
  5. Rippon

    Rippon Well-Known Member
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    Dec 12, 2005
    Lord , my weak thought in vain would climb
    To search the starry vault profound ,
    In vain would wing her flight sublime
    To find creation's utmost bound .

    But weaker yet that thought must prove
    To search thy great eternal plan ,
    Thy sovereign counsels , born of love
    Long ages ere the world began .

    When my dim reason would demand
    Why that , or this , thou dost ordain ,
    By some vast deep I seem to stand ,
    Whose secrets I must ask in vain .

    When doubts disturb my troubled breast ,
    And all is dark as night to me ,
    Here , as on solid rock , I rest --
    That so it seemeth good to thee .

    Be this my joy , that evermore
    Thou rulest all things at thy will ;
    Thy sovereign wisdom I adore ,
    And calmly , sweetly , trust in thee .

    ( Ray Palmer , 1858 )