Saturday, October 24, 2015

the law commands and makes us know

The Law commands and makes us know 
What duties to our God we owe; 
But ’tis the Gospel must reveal 
Where lies our strength to do His will.  

The Law discovers guilt and sin 
And shows how vile our hearts have been; 
The Gospel only can express 
Forgiving love and cleansing grace.  

What curses doth the Law denounce 
Against the man that fails but once! 
But in the Gospel Christ appears, 
Pard’ning the guilt of numerous years.  

My soul, no more attempt to draw 
Thy life and comfort from the Law. 
Fly to the hope the Gospel gives; 
The man that trusts the promise lives.

~ Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

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