1.15.2013

Gadsby #14

14 C.M. Isaac Watts
Faithfulness of God. Numb. 23. 19; Ps. 89. 1-8

1 Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme,
And speak some boundless thing;
The mighty works, or mightier name,
Of our eternal King.

2 Tell of his wondrous faithfulness,
And sound his power abroad;
Sing the sweet promise of his grace,
And the performing God.

3 Proclaim, “Salvation from the Lord,
For wretched dying men”;
His hand has writ the sacred word
With an immortal pen.

4 [Engraved as in eternal brass,
The mighty promise shines;
Nor can the powers of darkness rase
Those everlasting lines.]

5 He that can dash whole worlds to death,
And make them when he please,
He speaks, and that almighty breath
Fulfils his great decrees.

6 His every word of grace is strong
As that which built the skies;
The voice that rolls the stars along
Speaks all the promises.

There are few things in this world that are "boundless". So few, that I can't even think of one right now. Perhaps that goes to serve the point of Watts here: God is boundless in faithfulness (Ps. 89:1-8).

How often do we consider the fact that God has already made the decision to save sinners and he has caused such salvation to come to pass? God is not vacillating over whether or not to save dying men - "His hand has writ the sacred word with an immortal pen."

Is there a greater power imaginable than the power of one to speak, and all that is spoken comes to pass? I think so many imaginations of magic and speaking magical spells stems somewhat from the reality that God speaks. That God possesses this ultimate power of speech should instigate great fear in men, for we are wholly at the whim of the words of God. That God should speak promises of grace to men...this is unstoppable love, full of glory. It's like Switchfoot said: "Oh, your love is a song, your love is strong."

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