A Hymn Of Grace -- By: Arthur L. Farstad
JOTGES 8:1 (Spring 95) p. 95
A Hymn Of Grace
Pianist, Christ Congregation
Lord, With Glowing Heart I’d Praise Thee
Lord, with glowing heart I’d praise Thee
For the bliss Thy love bestows,
For the pard’ning grace that saves me,
And the peace that from it flows:
Help, O God, my weak endeavor;
This dull soul to rapture raise;
Thou must light the flame, or never
Can my love be warmed to praise.
Praise, my soul, the God that sought thee,
Wretched wand’rer, far astray;
Found thee lost, and kindly brought thee
From the paths of death away:
Praise with love’s devoutest feeling,
Him who saw thy guiltborn fear,
And, the light of hope revealing,
Bade the blood-stained cross appear.
Praise thy Saviour God that drew thee
To that cross, new life to give,
Held a blood-sealed pardon to thee,
Bade thee look to Him and live:
Praise the grace whose threats alarmed thee,
Roused thee from thy fatal ease,
Praise the grace whose promise warmed thee,
Praise the grace that whispered peace.
JOTGES 8:1 (Spring 95) p. 96
Lord, this bosom’s ardent feeling
Vainly would my lips express:
Low before Thy footstool kneeling,
Deign thy suppliant’s pray’r to bless:
Let Thy love, my soul’s chief treasure,
Love’s pure flame within me raise;
And, since words can never measure,
Let my life show forth Thy praise. Amen.
—Francis Scott Key (1779–1843)
Two trends in contemporary North American culture that distress many conservative people, especially Christians, are “dumbing down” and “de-christianization.”
“Dumbing down,” as the name suggests, is the lowering of standards in speech, language, literature, education, songs, and other areas of life. Many non-Christians are also appalled at what seems like a sellout of our great cultural and linguistical heritage.
Dechristianization, with its overemphasis on “pluralism” and the glorification of all cultures that are non-Christian, is a self-explanatory term. Much of our mass media and even a great deal of the government seem bent (would “hell-bent” in its literal, not slang usage, be too strong?) on playing down, distorting, misrepresenting, ignoring, or totally dismissing the deep Christian roots and fruits of our American, British, and Canadian cultures. History is being re-written (or omitted) where it used to show the great debt we all owe to Christian—and especially Protestant and biblical—ideas and writings.
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