Gracious Father, strengthen us for this day by calling to our mind all Your past goodness to us and cause us to rest upon the promises of Your Word for what today will bring and Your care for us tomorrow. Amen.
Words: Samuel Medley, 1775.
I KNOW THAT MY REDEEMER LIVES
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I know that my Redeemer lives;
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, He lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my ever living Head.
He lives to bless me with His love,
He lives to plead for me above.
He lives my hungry soul to feed,
He lives to help in time of need.
He lives triumphant from the grave,
He lives eternally to save,
He lives all glorious in the sky,
He lives exalted there on high.
He lives to grant me rich supply,
He lives to guide me with His eye,
He lives to comfort me when faint,
He lives to hear my soulâ€™s complaint.
He lives to silence all my fears,
He lives to wipe away my tears
He lives to calm my troubled heart,
He lives all blessings to impart.
He lives, my kind, wise, heavenly Friend,
He lives and loves me to the end;
He lives, and while He lives, Iâ€™ll sing;
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.
He lives and grants me daily breath;
He lives, and I shall conquer death:
He lives my mansion to prepare;
He lives to bring me safely there.
He lives, all glory to His Name!
He lives, my Jesus, still the same.
Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives,
I know that my Redeemer lives!
I was reminded in the sermon today that one way to stir up our remembrance of the grace of God is to do as the spiritual song says, â€œCount your blessings, name them one by one.â€ Remembering the goodness of God is necessary and vital to strengthen our faith in Him and to kindle our zeal for His service. It is easy to be discouraged and overwhelmed by the enemy, but when we look to God in remembrance of His grace it reminds us of His past mercies and His future promises to provide for His people, whatever their need. Certainly such a merciful and faithful God is to be worshipped, praised, and thanked by His people.
This Psalm was written for giving thanks to God; it is an exhortation to praise God. The basis presented in this Psalm for thanking and praising God is that He is our Creator (verse 3) and that He is merciful and faithful (verse 5). Each of these attributes is to evoke particular responses from His creatures. Because He is our Creator we are to:
1. Rejoice (verse 1)â€”we are to shout joyfully to God as our Creator for He has given us our being and the purpose of our being is to glorify Him (1 Cor. 10:31).
2. Serve Him (verse 2)â€”we are His own possession and His own people so we are to serve Him and do His will, not grudgingly, but gladly (Psalm 40:8).
3. Worship Him (verse 2)â€”we are to come before Him in individual worship singing His glorious praises. It is only fitting that those whom He has made, those whom He has redeemed, and those whom He sustains should come before Him with hearts filled with reverent awe and worship of such a great Creator God (Psalm 95:1).
4. Know Him (verse 3)â€”We are to have a spiritual knowledge of God. That He himself is indeed the self-existent Jehovah, the great I AM. We are to know His attributes and His power, that He indeed did make us and we are His own possession. We are to know of the only way to eternal life that He has provided in His Son. The only way to truly and intimately know God is through Christ (John 17:3).
By virtue of His mercy and faithfulness we are to:
5. Worship Him (verse 4)â€”There is to be an attendance in corporate worship for the purpose of coming together with His people to give thanks and praise Him (Isaiah 30:29).
6. Give thanks (verse 4)â€”When we stop to consider the great salvation that has been provided to us through the Lord Jesus Christ and reflect on the mercy that God has shown to His people by virtue of this salvation we should be humbled to the dust and bow before Him in thanksgiving. He is indeed good and merciful to provide the way to eternal life and faithful to provide the free offer of the Gospel to all generations (Colossians 1:12).
7. Praise Him (verse 4)â€”Not only are we to corporately thank Him for his mercy and faithfulness, but we are also to corporately praise Him for His everlasting goodness (Psalm 89:1).
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Truth in Practice
To put these truths into practice would require us to know Him and to worship God both individually and corporately. We can only know Him, as He is revealed to us in His Word, by His Spirit. It is His Spirit who guides us into all truth. It is then in Spirit and in truth that we can truly worship Him (John 4:24).
Q. What is the first commandment?
A. The first commandment is, Thou shalt have no other gods before me.