Monday, May 25, 2015

Wesley: O for a heart to praise my God

Monday, May 25, 2015
    Feast of the Venerable Bede, Priest, Monk of Jarrow, Historian, 735
    Commemoration of Aldhelm, Abbot of Mamsbury, Bishop of Sherborne, 709
    [The Lord:] “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.”
    —Ezekiel 36:25-27 (NIV)
O for a heart to praise my God,
    A heart from sin set free,
A heart that always feels Thy blood
    So freely shed for me.

A heart resigned, submissive, meek,
    My great Redeemer’s throne,
Where only Christ is heard to speak,
    Where Jesus reigns alone.

A humble, lowly, contrite, heart,
    Believing, true and clean,
Which neither life nor death can part
    From Christ who dwells within.

A heart in every thought renewed
    And full of love divine,
Perfect and right and pure and good,
    A copy, Lord, of Thine.
    ... Charles Wesley (1707-1788), A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the people called Methodists, John Wesley, London: Wesleyan Conference Office, 1876, p. 322 (see the book)
    See also Eze. 36:25-27; John 14:16-17; Rom. 8:3-4,29; 1 Cor. 3:16; 2 Cor. 4:16-17; Gal. 2:20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me a heart like Yours.

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