Sunday, September 14, 2014

Watts: His grace

Sunday, September 14, 2014
    Feast of the Holy Cross
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
    love and faithfulness go before you.
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
    who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD.
    —Psalm 89:14-15 (NIV)
Justice and Judgment are thy throne
    Yet wondrous is thy grace;
While truth and mercy joined in one,
    Invite us near thy face.
    ... Isaac Watts (1674-1748), [1719] Psalms of David Imitated [1719], in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, ed. Samuel Melanchthon Worcester, Boston: Crocker & Brewster, 1834, Ps. 89, second part, p. 182 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 89:7-15; 85:10; Amos 5:15,23-24; Matt. 12:7; 1 Cor. 13:6; Rev. 15:3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your people pray for the establishment of Your justice among the nations.
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