Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Song of Instruction, Confession, and Petition

One of the crying needs of the church is to hear God's warning of judgment against sin.  This warning is often labeled as "fire and brimstone," but despite its bad press, this warning is needed so that we would flee to the One who took our judgment at the cross and be forgiven.  This song is based on the fifth petition of the Lord's Prayer, and it teaches us that our greatest problem in life is to be saved from God's righteous judgment against our sin.  God in His grace has provided this salvation from his judgment, but we must judge ourselves in repentance, and come to Jesus and his cross by faith, if we want to take hold of his gracious provision.  --Bill

Deepest Need of Ev’ry Person

To the tune: REGENT SQUARE “Angels from the Realms of Glory” (http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/UMH/220). Based on Lord’s Day 51 of the Heidelberg Catechism (related Westminster Shorter Catechism Q&A 105). Words: Bill Weber, 2010.

v. 1
Deepest need of ev’ry person,
born in Adam’s sinful race.
Guilt of many sins committed,
how we need God’s pard’ning grace!
Speak, O Christ, a word of pardon,
“Child, your sins are all forgiv’n!”

v. 2
What could be a greater problem
than the judgment of the Lord?
Sin a great offense against Him,
men have not their God adored.
Speak, O Christ, a word of pardon,
“Child, your sins are all forgiv’n!”

v. 3
Not just sins we have committed,
evil also clings to us.
Adam’s independent nature
won’t let go, adheres to us.
Speak, O Christ, a word of pardon,
“Child, your sins are all forgiv’n!”

v. 4
O how desp’rate our condition
is before the Holy One.
In our sin we stand before Him,
in His glory we’re undone.
Speak, O Christ, a word of pardon,
“Child, your sins are all forgiv’n!”

v. 5
Father, we can never grasp it,
love that sent Your Son to us.
Taking on our mortal nature,
so that He might die for us.
Speak, O Christ, a word of pardon,
“Child, your sins are all forgiv’n!”

v. 6
We deserve not grace but justice
from the hand of God the King.
Do not hold our sins against us,
nor the sin that to us clings.
Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy,
through the blood that You have shed.

v. 7
You forgive us in your mercy,
through the blood of Your dear Son.
Father, we forgive our neighbor,
for the wrongs against us done.
Thanks to You for Your great mercy,
help us show it to the world.

Lord's Day 51

Q & A 126

Q. What does the fifth request mean?

A. "Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors" means,
Because of Christ's blood,
do not hold against us, poor sinners that we are,
any of the sins we do
or the evil that constantly clings to us.^1

Forgive us just as we are fully determined,
as evidence of your grace in us,
to forgive our neighbors.^2

^1 Ps. 51:1-7; 143:2; Rom. 8:1; 1 John 2:1-2
^2 Matt. 6:14-15; 18:21-35


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