Friday Morning Prayer:)… April 18, 2019

April 18, 2019 - 7 minutes read

“Man of Sorrows!” what a name
For the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!                                                                 

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood.
Hallelujah! What a Savior! 

Guilty, vile, and helpless we;
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
“Full atonement!” can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Savior![1] 

In my anguish I cried to the LORD, and he answered by setting me free.   The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?[2]

Hallelujah! What a Savior! Jesus sealed my pardon with his blood.  Hymns developed by Spirit-filled and empowered men and women called by God are a never-ending blessing for the body of Christ.  Many of the inspired Psalms are songs of worship. I particularly like the old hymns.  Nonetheless, songs in general that reflect the gospel and glorify God are inspirational, encouraging, and motivate us to worship God.  A brother shared recently he joined a worship band that takes much of his time.  However, his stated reward, “I find myself going around all day singing worship tunes in my head.  Hallelujah!”   Very cool!  When we truly survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died, then I can truly sing, my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.[3]  Be ye filled with joy this Maundy Thursday!  Sing, worship, praise our God and experience strength and comfort!  “At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light, And the burden of my heart rolled away, It was there by faith I received my sight, And now I am happy all the day!”[4]  

The truly regenerate heart desires to be led by the Spirit.  We are called to be free from the bondage of sin and serve one another in love.  Our “boasting” is “in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”[5]  Humble we live this Christ-life through God’s power.  Why would we wash feet, wipe a tear, spend time, endure criticism, love as Jesus loved us, forgive, make amends, say a kind word, even pray for others, etc., Spurgeon said, we are enabled, “It is a thing of power; it is the cross; it is Jesus crucified.”[6]   In awe we remember God incarnate on the cross.  We receive divine forgiveness, mercy, and peace because Jesus willingly took our divine punishment, the result of God’s righteousness against sin.[7]  

As we journey in Christ, we live as Jesus did by Holy Spirit power.  In the life of Jesus, we see incarnate love and humility.  He loved, wept, laughed, and struggled too!  “…he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!  Therefore, God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”[8]  I want my attitude to be the same as that of Jesus.  It is a thing of power; it is the cross; it is Jesus crucified.  It is extraordinary grace, not talent!  We cry out for Spirit power!  Spirit of the living God, we want Thee.  

I read recently that Jesus was prepared by “songs” to die.  “The Psalms reminded Jesus that God was with him and that he need fear no man — not the powerful governor, the mocking priests, the brutal soldiers, or the gawking crowd. “What can man do to me?” They can malign and murder, but they cannot frustrate God’s plans.”[9]  I really appreciated “He Spent His Last Night Singing.”  Our Lord Jesus was strengthened and comforted by singing the Psalms.  “The Psalms of Praise served as the melody of Maundy Thursday.” 

Rejoice always!  Be ye encouraged to “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.  Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”[10] 

“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.”[11]

Lifted up was He to die;
“It is finished!” was His cry;
Now in Heav’n exalted high.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!  

When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew His song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Sisters are meeting to pray!  First Baptist, 1912 Arnold Way, Alpine, 0900. 

Gals in Christ gather to encourage one another and seek our gracious God as the Spirit leads their time together.  You are invited!  If your schedule allows, go meet sisters in Christ and enjoy our gracious God together.

Brothers are meeting too!  First Baptist.  Alpine, 0730. Let’s join together this Good Friday!  Precious times to love one another, carry burdens in prayer and encourage the brethren to persevere in our shared faith.  Always a joy to meet for a sweet hour of prayer. 


[1]https://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Hallelujah_What_a_Savior/

[2] Psalm 118:5-6

[3]https://library.timelesstruths.org/music/When_I_Survey_the_Wondrous Cross/

[4]https://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Alas_and_Did_My_Savior_Bleed/

[5] Galatians 6:14

[6] Spurgeon’s Sermons  (2017)   Vol 1-2  Hendrickson Publishers Marketing, Peabody, MA

[7]https://www.christianity.com/god/jesus-christ/what-s-so-good-about-good-friday.html

[8] Philippians 2:8-11

[9]https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/he-spent-his-last-night-singing

[10] Ephesians 5:19-20

[11] Psalm 59:16