Posted by: godsgoodness | June 27, 2013

Now I have found the ground where I can remain secure

This is a great hymn to reassure you of God’s love and steadfastness when going through trial and difficulty. When we run to him and take refuge in him, he is all sufficient for us. Abiding peace and joy can only truly be found in seeking after him, though that said he is always seeking us.

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Now I have found the ground wherein
Sure my soul’s anchor may remain,
The wounds of Jesus, for my sin
Before the world’s foundation slain;
Whose mercy shall unshaken stay,
When Heaven and earth are fled away.

Father, Thine everlasting grace
Our scanty thought surpasses far;
Thy heart still melts with tenderness,
Thy arms of love still open are,
Returning sinners to receive,
That mercy they may taste and live.

O Love, Thou bottomless abyss,
My sins are swallowed up in Thee!
Covered is my unrighteousness,
Nor spot of guilt remains on me,
While Jesus’ blood, through earth and skies,
Mercy, free, boundless mercy, cries.

By faith I plunge me in this sea,
Here is my hope, my joy, my rest;
Hither, when hell assails, I flee,
I look into my Savior’s breast;
Away, sad doubt, and anxious fear!
Mercy is all that’s written there

Though waves and storms go o’er my head,
Though strength, and health, and friends be gone,
Though joys be withered all and dead,
Though every comfort be withdrawn,
On this my steadfast soul relies,
Father, Thy mercy never dies.

What in thy love posses I not?
My star by night, my sun by day
My springs of life, when parched with drought
My wine to cheer, my bread to stay
My shield, my strength, my safe abode
My palace, savior and my God

Fixed on this ground will I remain,
Though my heart fail, and flesh decay;
This anchor shall my soul sustain,
When earth’s foundations melt away;
Mercy’s full power I then shall prove,
Loved with an everlasting love

 

 

Words:  Johann Andreas Rothe

Translated by: John Wesley

See also on Facebook page” Words from ‘The Methodist hymnbook with tunes 1933 edition’ “

Posted by: godsgoodness | June 18, 2013

Oh for a thousand Tongues to sing

Wesley wrote this hymn to com­mem­o­rate the first an­ni­ver­sa­ry of his con­ver­sion to Christ. This or­i­gin is re­flect­ed in the lyr­ics, “On this glad day the glor­i­ous Sun of Right­eous­ness arose.” The stanza that be­gins “O for a thou­sand tongues to sing” is verse seven of Wes­ley’s orig­in­al po­em. This work first ap­peared in Hymns and Sac­red Po­ems in 1740.

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O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer’s praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of His grace!

My gracious Master and my God,
Assist me to proclaim,
To spread through all the earth abroad
The honors of Thy name.

Jesus! the name that charms our fears,
That bids our sorrows cease;
’Tis music in the sinner’s ears,
’Tis life, and health, and peace.

He breaks the power of canceled sin,
He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean,
His blood availed for me.

He speaks, and, listening to His voice,
New life the dead receive,
The mournful, broken hearts rejoice,
The humble poor believe.

Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb,
Your loosened tongues employ;
Ye blind, behold your Savior come,
And leap, ye lame, for joy.

In Christ your Head, you then shall know,
Shall feel your sins forgiven;
Anticipate your heaven below,
And own that love is heaven.

Glory to God, and praise and love
Be ever, ever given,
By saints below and saints above,
The church in earth and heaven.

On this glad day the glorious Sun
Of Righteousness arose;
On my benighted soul He shone
And filled it with repose.

Sudden expired the legal strife,
’Twas then I ceased to grieve;
My second, real, living life
I then began to live.

Then with my heart I first believed,
Believed with faith divine,
Power with the Holy Ghost received
To call the Savior mine.

I felt my Lord’s atoning blood
Close to my soul applied;
Me, me He loved, the Son of God,
For me, for me He died!

I found and owned His promise true,
Ascertained of my part,
My pardon passed in heaven I knew
When written on my heart.

Look unto Him, ye nations, own
Your God, ye fallen race;
Look, and be saved through faith alone,
Be justified by grace.

See all your sins on Jesus laid:
The Lamb of God was slain,
His soul was once an offering made
For every soul of man.

Awake from guilty nature’s sleep,
And Christ shall give you light,
Cast all your sins into the deep,
And wash the Æthiop white.

Harlots and publicans and thieves
In holy triumph join!
Saved is the sinner that believes
From crimes as great as mine.

Murderers and all ye hellish crew
In holy triumph join!
Believe the Savior died for you;
For me the Savior died.

With me, your chief, ye then shall know,
Shall feel your sins forgiven;
Anticipate your heaven below,
And own that love is heaven.


1. Glory to God, and praise and love
Be ever, ever given;
By Saints below, and Saints above,
The church in earth and Heaven.

2. On this glad day the glorious Sun
Of Righteousness arose;
On my benighted soul He shone
And fill’d it with repose.

3. Sudden expired the legal strife;
’Twas then I ceased to grieve;
My second, real, living life
I then began to live.

4. Then with my heart I first believed,
Believed with faith Divine,
Power with the Holy Ghost received
To call the Saviour mine.

5. I felt my Lord’s atoning blood
Close to my soul applied;
Me, me He loved—the Son of God,
For me, for me, He died!

6. I found, and own’d His promise true,
Ascertain’d of my part,
My pardon pass’d in heaven I knew,
When written on my heart.

7. O for a thousand tongues to sing
My dear Redeemer’s praise!
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of His grace.

8. My gracious Master, and my God,
Assist me to proclaim,
To spread through all the earth abroad
The honors of Thy name.

9. Jesus, the name that charms our fears,
That bids our sorrows cease;
‘Tis music in the sinner’s ears,
‘Tis life, and health, and peace!

10. He breaks the power of cancell’d sin,
He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean,
His blood avail’d for me.

11. He speaks; and, listening to His voice,
New life the dead receive,
The mournful, broken hearts rejoice,
The humble poor believe.

12. Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb,
Your loosen’d tongues employ;
Ye blind, behold your Saviour come;
And leap, ye lame, for joy.

13. Look unto Him, ye nations; own
Your God, ye fallen race!
Look, and be saved through faith alone;
Be justified by grace!

14. See all your sins on Jesus laid;
The Lamb of God was slain,
His soul was once an offering made
For every soul of man.

15. Harlots, and publicans, and thieves
In holy triumph join;
Saved is the sinner that believes
From crimes as great as mine.

16. Murderers, and all ye hellish crew,
Ye sons of lust and pride,
Believe the Saviour died for you;
For me the Saviour died.

17. Awake from guilty nature’s sleep,
And Christ shall give you light,
Cast all your sins into the deep,
And wash the Ethiop white.

18. With me, your chief, you then shall know,
Shall feel your sins forgiven;
Anticipate your heaven below,
And own that love is heaven.

Posted by: godsgoodness | May 24, 2012

Face On

Picture Jesus standing in front of you. He is looking into your face and eyes. His hands and arms are outstretched to invite you to come to him. He wants to embrace you and love you. He knows everything about you and yet he still loves you so very deeply.  Picture Jesus sitting on the almighty ancient throne with his royal crown. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Eternal Judge. All creation is under his feet, he has all authority and power and there is nothing he cannot do. Yes this is the same Jesus who loves you so intimately and deeply. How can you not put your trust in him? There is such security in his love there is absolutely nothing when you have Jesus as your friend , rescuer, help and comfort that cannot be achieved. You can rest, assured that with such tender, steadfast love and strong and powerful ability you will make it successfully through this life and into a glorious eternity despite life’s highs and lows.Sun shining through clouds

Posted by: godsgoodness | March 15, 2012

The Voice of Hope

This song has been a great blessing and encouragement to me  recently and while I was in hospital.

Stop talking about creation

Stop praying for people to be healed

Is it worth it for the response you may get

As one of those who base my beliefs on the material in the Christian bible, I often look around and see ways that my wanting to live life by those beliefs is being eroded, ridiculed, sidetracked and just plain blocked. What should my response be?  Should I rant and rave, get my back up against those who are doing this. Should I criticise, curse or hate them. Maybe I should give up the fight and submit, stop talking about creation, even reject it, stop praying for people to be healed, stop living the way I’m living or even give up on God because he’s not really there.

After thinking it through Gods speaks to me through the bible and I realise none of these responses is correct. The bible says Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse[1].  Love and pray for your enemies[2] and do good to those who hate you[3]. What kind of God asks me to respond in such a manner, cutting across my self-preserving emotions and thoughts? The same God who sent his son 2000 years ago to be reviled, criticised, lambasted, falsely accused, even beaten physically and finally brutally nailed to a cross because he loved so utterly and completely the very people doing this.

So here goes in my small trial and upset:-

God bless Richard Dawkins and David Attenborough

God bless the secularists in Bath

And God help,  give grace, wisdom and boldness to those national Christian leaders stuck between a rock and a hard place.


[1] Romans 12 vs  14

[2] Matthew 5 vs 45,45

[3] Luke 6 vs 27

Posted by: godsgoodness | January 30, 2012

Irresistibly Drawn

To the cross I look, to the cross I cling
Of its’ suffering I do drink
Of its’ work I do sing
For on it my Saviour both bruised and crushed
Showed that God is love
And God is just

At the cross You beckon me
You draw me gently to my knees, and I am
Lost for words, so lost in love,
I’m sweetly broken, wholly surrendered

What a priceless gift, undeserved life
Have I been given
Through Christ crucified
You’ve called me out of death
You’ve called me into life
And I was under Your wrath
Now through the cross I’m reconciled

In awe of the cross I must confess
How wondrous Your redeeming love and
How great is Your faithfulness

 This song and video always touch my heart.

Posted by: godsgoodness | January 20, 2012

A walk up Al Muquattam hill Cairos ‘garbage city’

Garbage Sorting Muquattam

In my previous blog I talked about how I first began to enter in and appreciate Gods goodness. The environment I was in then was very easy to begin to move into this. Fantastic sunny weather, bright blue skies, in glorious surroundings and with wonderful people.

In another situation, 15 years later in a totally different environment I saw and experienced Gods goodness and concern for people also. We were on a trip to visit a couple who lived in Cairo. We were there to meet with other brothers and sisters who followed God. Part of our trip took us to a Coptic church which had been planted on a rubbish tip. The job of clearing the rubbish is left to the Christian minority who live there. Here in streets covered with mud and dirt with kids and families knee deep in rubbish collected from all round Cairo, we were met with smiling faces, friendly people who had hope for the future. The local Coptic church funded by Christians from various countries had set up building projects, hospital facilities and a school to educate the children to create for them a more healthy environment and give them purpose and hope.

I was amazed by the genuine love and concern the priests had for these people and how much they wanted to make life better for them. Surely this shows Gods goodness; his concern to care for the oppressed and downtrodden. In the midst of such surroundings, God brought his joy and peace so that people smiled and greeted us warmly, people thankful for what they had been given. How often we with much more become ungrateful and can only see the negative side of life rather than appreciate the good that is still there.St Simon the Tanner Church

 

Posted by: godsgoodness | January 10, 2012

Herrenchiemsee

View of Herrenchiemsee new castleIt was in the summer of ’79 (some time ago now) that I had an experience or rather an encounter with someone who helped form/reconstruct some of my ideas about God. I have never majored on the goodness of God before. Yes I believed God was good and that he loved us but knowing in your heart and spirit God is good is different from an intellectual or doctrinal acknowledgment that God is good. At that time the christian fellowship I was in was very much into the advancing of Gods kingdom on the earth. A good goal in itself but without a deeper expression of love maybe somewhat lacking.

We were in holiday in Bavaria, Germany staying in Munich It was bright, hot, sunny weather, (something that people from Northern Ireland particularly appreciate) the people we were with were lovely and of course the scenery around there and the Bavarian Alps was absolutely enthralling. We were visiting Herrenchiemsee Palace which was built by Ludwig II of Bavaria, inspired and modelled on the famous Chateau de Versailles. A Pastor from America had joined our group of friends to spend some time with us and also to do a bit of sightseeing. This man had a lovely spirit, a spirit of gentleness with great grace and peace. He just seemed to radiate the goodness of God. During those days as we met with him more and he taught on Gods goodness, the Lord began to speak to me about this and I began to experience it in a way that I had never done before. A deep desire to live in the goodness of God entered into my life desiring to experience his goodness every moment of the day in as much as I could.

Living in the goodness of God is not about everything going wonderfully right for you but  while there are situations where it is easy to acknowledge God is good it is more about cultivating it in whatever situation you find yourself. Again it is not something you can work up but rather something you receive and acknowledge is from God from his father heart of goodness.herrenchiemsee park

Posted by: godsgoodness | December 7, 2011

The Journey

I have been through times when I doubted Gods goodness and felt he was out to get me. I’ve given up and gone to turn my back on God. At times I have decided that he doesn’t exist and if he does, he’s not interested in me and just sits up there doing his own thing. I’ve decided to be an atheist or a humanist as well.  However no matter what has happened, I have always found myself turning to him again and saying sorry for doubting, for swearing at him, for blaspheming, for rebelling and doing my own thing. Sometimes it’s taken a few days and I’ve thought ‘I try this far and no more’ but eventually I have embraced him again and let him embrace me.

At other times I have decided I’m going to be ultra religious and do all the right things but in this I have also failed dreadfully.  I’m gradually realising I’m just me and I don’t want to be be super religious or totally dependent on myself. I’m realising God loves me just as I am and he continues to show me his goodness and love no matter how good or bad I am.

So this is the starting point for this blog as it follows my experience of God

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