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Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Romans 1:16, 17 Thought/Prayer: Faith Looking Up. Topics: 2 at end.
“I am Not Ashamed of the Gospel
For I am not ashamed of the Good News. It is God’s power which is at work for the salvation of every one who believes—the Jew first, and then the Gentile. For in the Good News a righteousness which comes from God is being revealed, depending on faith and tending to produce faith; as the Scripture has it, ‘The righteous man shall live by faith.’” (WEY) (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com.)
“. . . the righteous man shall live by faith.” In the first two verses of an old hymn, “My Faith Looks Up To Thee,” we may be able to see an active account of living the life of faith in Jesus Christ. (Public domain. Lyrics: Ray Palmer (1808-1887); Music: Lowell Mason (1792-1872).
My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Now hear me while I pray;
Take all my guilt away;
Oh, let me from this day
Be wholly Thine.
May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart,
My zeal inspire;
As Thou hast died for me,
Oh, may my love to Thee
Pure, warm, and changeless be,
A living fire.
To see this, let’s take a look at the lyrics and the practical application of faith that may be in them.
First, the writer of the words says that his faith “looks up” to God (Thee). This looking-up is to Jesus Christ, the Lamb of Calvary and the writer’s Savior Divine.
Is this not where faith is founded? In God? Yes. Do we not look up to He Who is higher than anything high in the universe?
Then he asks God to hear his prayers. And he asks for forgiveness for sin, knowing that when his sins are forgiven, his guilt is at the same time taken away. God forgives, and we are guilt-free.
Is this not a practical way of staying close to God without any hindrance of sin altering the relationship with Him?
Then the request is for himself to be wholly God’s, from right now, and on.
Is this not the heartfelt desire of the sincere believer?
In the second verse, the writer asks God for His rich grace and for strength for his “fainting” heart – inspiring God’s zeal within. We’re not sure what his fainting heart is – but it needs strength!
Don’t we all at some time feel that our hearts are overwhelmed and weak, or some times discouraged in our endeavors to serve Him? Yes.
In the last of this verse, the writer asks to be able to love Christ in the same way Christ loved Him in His death – with purity, warmth and changelessness. He wants his life to be a living fire for the Lord.
Should we not always desire this strength of love for our Lord . . . to love Him back with purity, with warmth, with changelessness . . . and become a living fire?
Lord, help us to be so!
Lord, thank You for these beautiful words from the heart of a man named Ray Palmer well over 100 years ago. Help us, as You guide us in service, to be faithful to live out the words of Mr. Palmer’s hymn. As we go about serving those who struggle with life and death, may we be as sincere about it all as this man was . . . and thank You for the one who set the poem to music, Mr. Lowell Mason.
Topics: Pray to love God in such a sincere way as in this beautiful, practical hymn. Pray that by loving Him in this manner, many beautiful occurrences will come concerning the honoring of created life.
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