Psalmody!

The way, the truth and the life!
The way, the truth and the life!

The wonderful wisdom of God in the Christology of the Psalms. These divine songs never swerve from the just line of truth in their representations of the Person of Christ. We have seen how copiously and loftily they celebrate his superhuman dignity, how unqualifiedly they crown him with the incommunicable name of God, how reverently they offer to him divine worship…What is of more importance they bring him near to us. Without the slightest touch of that offensive familiarity which has sometimes tainted the uninspired hymns in celebrating the incarnation and humanity of the Lord, the Psalms present to us the man Christ Jesus with a boldness that has never been approached. In singing them, we are permitted, like the doubting apostle, to satisfy ourselves, as by actual contact, that the Son of God has truly come in the flesh. We are permitted to handle the Holy One, to touch the print of the nails and the pierced side; we are even suffered to feel the throbbings of the human heart within. How wonderful, how inexpressibly wonderful, in this connection is the twenty-second Psalm!

(A Pathway to the Psalter, William Binnie)

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Amen, So Let it Be!

The way, the truth and the life!
The way, the truth and the life!

With one accord, and single voice,
Let God’s redeemed all say;
In God we trust, hope and rejoice,
Amen, so let it be.

Let all creation sing His praise,
Birds sing with joyful glee;
To God’s dear Son, all voices raise,
Amen, so let it be.

God’s righteousness and wisdom shine,
For all the world to see;
His grace, His truth, His love sublime,
Amen, so let it be.

His saints in glory, and on earth,
In perfect harmony;
Proclaim His glory, and His worth,
Amen, so let it be.

(Tune: Even Tune)
(© James R Hamilton, written 28th, April, 2014)

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God-forsaken!

The way, the truth and the life!
The way, the truth and the life!

God-forsaken, left to die,
On calvary’s cross, God’s Son;
For me, for me, on Him sin lay,
He bore away my sin.

God-forsaken, derelict,
His Father turned away;
Our due on Him, He did inflict,
His grace in full display.

God-forsaken, love exposed,
Clothed in our sin and filth;
Made sin for us, Who never sinned,
Love in its height and breadth.

God-forsaken, Christ endured,
Golgotha’s pain and shame;
Our Saviour shed, His precious blood,
For us he took the blame.

God-forsaken, fleetingly,
For three dark hours of night;
That we might know, eternally,
God’s everlasting light.

God-forsaken, Lamb of God,
An awesome sacrifice!
The love of God for us revealed,
To bring us Heaven’s peace.

(Tune: Bays of Harris)
(© James R Hamilton, written 18th, April, 2014)
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From Blooming Rose!

The way, the truth and the life!
The way, the truth and the life!

From blooming rose to howling storm,
And gently dropping dew;
A voice of power that sings of Him,
To Whom all praise is due.

Both sun and moon, they rise and fall,
Vales, woods and meadows bloom;
Our Lord and God Who made them all,
To show His wondrous name.

Springs from the hills, run down below,
Fill valley, brook and stream;
All shout with joy, with praise o’erflow,
Revealing God’s great scheme.

Alas, the glory of our God,
In all its power is seen;
Rebellious man is reconciled,
In Jesus Christ, God’s Son.

(Tune: St. Andrew)
(© James R Hamilton, written 17th, April, 2014)
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According to Your Riches Lord!

The way, the truth and the life!
The way, the truth and the life!

According to Your riches Lord,
Supply our needs, for us provide;
Of righteousness and holiness,
From us no good thing, please withhold.

Abundant mercy, Lord, bestow,
Forgiveness, pardon, measureless;
According to the grace You’ve shown,
Be merciful and kind to us.

According to Your love in Christ,
With heavenly manna, feed our souls;
Our living Saviour, whom we trust,
Your holy promise, to fulfil.

Abundant, inexhaustible,
A living reservoir of joy;
Poured out, poured in, unspeakable,
According to our God’s supply.

(Tune: Tretreat Tune)
(© James R Hamilton, written 13th, April, 2014)
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