Tuesday Hymns: “God, in the Gospel of His Son”

Man can learn much by looking at God’s Creation. The heavens truly do declare the glory of God and show us that God is a God of order and great power, yet, as the Westminster Confession of Faith reminds us, nature is “not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of His will, which is necessary unto salvation.” (WCF I.i.) God has chosen to reveal Himself to man through His written Word, the Holy Scriptures. Our Tuesday Hymn for this week, God, in the Gospel of His Son, reminds us that it is through the Bible that man discovers what is right and wrong, the truth that he is a sinner, the need that he has for a Saviour, and that God has provided that salvation through the perfect life and the sacrificial death of His only Son. Benjamin Beddome, an eighteenth century Baptist pastor, for a long period of time actually wrote a hymn every week to be sung by the congregation after he preached God’s message. This is one of those hymns. It is sung to the tune of GERMANY.

God, in the gospel of his Son,
Makes his eternal counsels known;
Where love in all its glory shines,
And truth is drawn in fairest lines.

Here sinners of a humble frame
May taste his grace, and learn his Name;
May read, in characters of blood,
The wisdom, pow’r, and grace of God.

The pris’ner here may break his chains;
The weary rest from all his pains;
The captive feel his bondage cease;
The mourner find the way of peace.

Here faith reveals to mortal eyes
A brighter world beyond the skies;
Here shines the light which guides our way
From earth to realms of endless day.

O grant us grace, Almighty Lord,
To read and mark thy holy Word;
Its truths with meekness to receive,
And by its holy precepts live.

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