Friday, February 18, 2011

A Song that Tells Us About the Law and the Gospel

Praise the Lord who Gives the Gospel

To the tune of RIPLEY (http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/CCEH/782 or from the RUF Hymnbook under Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah: http://www.igracemusic.com/hymnbook/hymns.html). Based on Genesis 3:8-21 and Lord’s Day 5 and 6 of the Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 12-19a (related Westminster Shorter Catechism Q&A 85, 19-21). Words: Bill Weber, 2010.

v. 1
Praise the Lord who gives the gospel.
Gives His grace to set us free.
Praise the Lord who came from heaven.
Born to end our misery.
From the law He came to save us,
from its threats to set us free.
In His life He fully kept it,
in His death paid it for me.

v. 2
Praise the Lord who gives the gospel.
Praise Him for amazing grace.
Praise the Lord who dealt in mercy,
in the garden, came for peace.
Adam’s sin led to his hiding,
for his sin made him afraid.
For the law of God is holy.
Its demands must all be paid.

v. 3
Praise the Lord who gives the gospel.
Gave His Son He loved so well.
Though His law condemns, accuses,
threatens us with death and hell.
But the gospel is God’s giving
of His Son to justify.
For His death brings perfect pardon.
Faith in Him gives brand new life.

v. 4
Praise the Lord who gives the gospel.
Now we can return to Him.
Call the King our gracious Father,
not our all condemning Judge.
Through the Son we have forgiveness,
through the Son eternal life.
From the law and its dread sentence,
we are freed and justified.

v. 5
Praise the Lord who gives the gospel.
Praise to God, the three in One.
God in mercy clothed our parents,
when in faith they hid in Him.
For the gospel brings us safely
to the God of heaven above.
For His Son took our whole judgment,
died that we might live in love.


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