Why Was I A Guest?

A good friend and brother in Christ is starting a blog. This is his first post. You can visit his site at: http://www.YellowMelton.com. I know that there are many of you out there who are feeling the same thing. That is why I have decided to re-post his blog.

I’ve been really discouraged lately by some different things however just returning to the simplicity of the gospel is always the answer for self pity.  I was greatly blessed while reading the words to an old hymn by Isaac Watts.  These are the verses from the hymn “How Sweet And Aweful Is The Place”

How sweet and aweful is the place
With Christ within the doors,
While everlasting love displays
The choicest of her stores!

Here every bowel of our God
With soft compassion rolls;
Here peace and pardon bought with blood
Is food for dying souls.

While all our hearts and all our songs
Join to admire the feast,
Each of us cry, 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 the strangers home.

We long to see Thy churches full,
That all the chosen race
May with one voice, and heart, and soul,
Sing Thy redeeming grace.




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