"Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ." - Jerome

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thankful for the Righteousness of Christ


Isaac Watts penned a line that I believe summarizes the gospel in one verse: "The best obedience of my hands / Dares not appear before thy throne; But faith can answer thy demands / By pleading what my Lord has done." This Hymn by Isaac Watts is simply headed: "The value of Christ, and his righteousness.

Phil. 3:7-9.
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No more, my God, I boast no more
Of all the duties I have done;
I quit the hopes I held before,
To trust the merits of thy Son.

Now, for the love I bear his name,
What was my gain I count my loss;
My former pride I call my shame,
And nail my glory to his cross.

Yes, and I must and will esteem
All things but loss for Jesus' sake:
O may my soul be found in him,
And of his righteousness partake!

The best obedience of my hands
Dares not appear before thy throne;
But faith can answer thy demands
By pleading what my Lord has done.

3 comments:

Wes White said...

Great post. We can't think on this too often or too much. I made a similar point in my post today. There's nothing for which we should be more thankful than Christ's obedience imputed to us. I'd like to find a tune to this song and sing it at church.

Jared Nelson said...

Sandra McCracken put it to music in her album "The Builder and the Architect":

http://www.amazon.com/Boast-No-More-Buddy-Miller/dp/B000Z7S95G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1290714313&sr=8-1

And her husband Derek did a version too:

http://www.amazon.com/I-Boast-No-More/dp/B00138I2VW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1290714406&sr=1-1


Some music sheets:

http://www.igracemusic.com/hymnbook/hymns/i02.html

Andrew said...

"Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after..."Phil 3:12

I am thankful for the love God pours into our hearts by the Holy Ghost (Rm 5:5)