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Why was I made to hear your voice?

Here’s another (Isaac Watts) song I’ve never sung in my previous life:

How sweet and awesome is the place
with Christ within the doors,

While everlasting love displays
the choicest of her stores.

Here all the mercy of our God
with vast compassion rolls;

And peace and pardon through His blood,
is food for ransomed souls.

While all our hearts and all our songs
join to admire the feast,

Each of us cries with thankful tongues,
“Lord, why was I a guest?”

“Why was I made to hear Thy voice,
and enter while there’s room;

When thousands make a wretched choice,
and rather starve than come?”

’Twas the same love that spread the feast,
that sweetly forced us in;

Else we had still refused to taste,
and perished in our sin.

Pity the nations, O our God!
Constrain the earth to come;

Send Thy victorious Word abroad,
and bring lost sinners home.

We long to see Thy churches full,
that all thy chosen race

May with one voice and heart and soul
sing Thy redeeming grace.

7 thoughts on “Why was I made to hear your voice?

  1. That’s a great hymn. If your previous life was anything like my childhood, you probably sang songs with a “Jesus is begging you to come to Him” theme.

  2. We love that song, Camille. Each month at our church, we teach the congregation a new hymn. That is the hymn of the month for February 2009!

  3. I’m so blessed to have been spared the negativity of fundamentalism. A favorite child’s hymm for wee Anglican children in the forties, was “Tell Me The Stories Of Jesus” The parents bought one of us a little 45 which we played till we practically wore it out. Such sweet innocent days. My Lord, how complicated life has become since then! Is it time for us to loosen our ties, loosen our belts, lighten up and ‘dance’? I’ll dance if some angels will rake my leaves for me! And while they’re at it, maybe some of them could Fall clean the nightmare of my house too! Love this blog!

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