During the month of July I joined with brothers and sisters in Christ at Braidwood Bible Chapel in Peterborough as each week we remembered Christ’s death on our behalf. My own parents for some years and grandparents as well as many in my extended family worship in Chapels across the province and in the U.S.A.. I’ve always appreciated the cross-centred, Christ-honoring hymns sung at these meetings. I’m often unfamiliar with the tune but the words offer rich treasures of praise. Just this past Sunday we sang “What Was It Blessed God?”
What was it blessed God, Led Thee to give Thy Son,
To yield Thy well-beloved For us by sin undone?
‘Twas love unbounded led Thee thus To give Thy well-beloved for us.
What led Thy Son, O God, To leave Thy throne on high,
To shed His precious blood, To suffer and to die?
‘Twas love, unbounded love to us, Led Him to die and suffer thus.
What moved Thee to impart Thy Spirit from above,
Therewith to fill our heart With heavenly peace and love?
‘Twas love, unbounded love to us, Moved Thee to give Thy Spirit thus.
What love to Thee we owe, Our God, for all Thy grace!
Our hearts may well o’erflow In everlasting praise:
Make us, O God, to praise Thee thus For all Thy boundless love to us.
I’ve been meditating on this hymn during this week. The sins we have done leave us undone, don’t they? How may we grasp love, unbounded love? I don’t think we can! But we can stand amazed because of it. We can offer praise in response to it. We may