Jehovah Tsidkenu

While I was doodling about in the kitchen the other evening, I was listening to this sermon. In the sermon, Rev VanderZwaag quoted this beautiful hymn, which has always been one of my favourites. Possibly even my very favourite of all time.

Jehovah Tsidkenu

I once was a stranger to grace and to God,
I knew not my danger, and felt not my load;
Though friends spoke in rapture of Christ on the tree,
Jehovah Tsidkenu was nothing to me.

I oft read with pleasure, to sooth or engage,
Isaiah’s wild measure and John’s simple page;
But e’en when they pictured the blood sprinkled tree
Jehovah Tsidkenu seemed nothing to me.

Like tears from the daughters of Zion that roll,
I wept when the waters went over His soul;
Yet thought not that my sins had nailed to the tree
Jehovah Tsidkenu—’twas nothing to me.

When free grace awoke me, by light from on high,
Then legal fears shook me, I trembled to die;
No refuge, no safety in self could I see—
Jehovah Tsidkenu my Saviour must be.

My terrors all vanished before the sweet name;
My guilty fears banished, with boldness I came
To drink at the fountain, life giving and free—
Jehovah Tsidkenu is all things to me.

Jehovah Tsidkenu! my treasure and boast,
Jehovah Tsidkenu! I ne’er can be lost;
In thee I shall conquer by flood and by field,
My cable, my anchor, my breast-plate and shield!

Even treading the valley, the shadow of death,
This “watchword” shall rally my faltering breath;
For while from life’s fever my God sets me free,
Jehovah Tsidkenu, my death song shall be.

Aren't these words wonderful? If they are wonderful to you, praise God for giving you a heart that can see the wonder in them.

If you can read them and not be moved, pray to God that He would give you a new heart - one that would bow down before the wonderful Saviour, and sing with joy at His amazing, finished work of salvation.... a salvation that's freely offered to you in the Gospel.

"Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near."  

Have a blessed Lord's Day, y'all.


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