Saturday, March 28, 2009

Watts: Jesus invites His saints

March 28, 2009

    Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.
    -- 1 Corinthians 10:16,17 (NIV)

    Jesus invites His saints
        To meet around His board;
    Here pardon'd rebels sit and hold
        Communion with their Lord.
    For food He give His flesh,
        He bids us drink His blood;
    Amazing favor! matchless grace
        Of our descending God!
    This holy bread and wine
        Maintains our fainting breath,
    By union with our living Lord
        And interest in His death.
    Let all our powers be join'd
        His glorious name to raise;
    Pleasure and love fill every mind,
        And every voice be praise.
    ... Isaac Watts (1674-1748), Hymns and Spiritual Songs [1707], vol. III, n. 2 (see the book)

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have pardoned my rebellion against You.

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