26 December 2008

When I Survey – 12.26.08

THE BIBLE Baptist Church enjoyed the blessing of having Major Henry Parrish and his family with us this past weekend. Sunday night, Bro. Parrish sang "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross." Take a soul-searching look at these words, written by Isaac Watts in 1707:

When I survey the wondrous cross

On which the Prince of glory died

My richest gain I count but loss,

And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,

Save in the death of Christ my God!

All the vain things that charm me most,

I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,

Sorrow and love flow mingled down!

Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,

Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,

That were a present far too small;

Love so amazing, so divine,

Demands my soul, my life, my all.

Mr. Watts nailed it when he wrote of how a true understanding and continual reflection upon what our Savior accomplished will work its way out in our lives. My richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride… All the VAIN things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to His blood… Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.

I don't know about you, but I don't know many who have poured contempt on all their pride. I don't know about you, but I'm fairly certain that most of us have sacrificed some level of effectiveness for the cause of Christ for some vain, but charming things. We all know that God requires and deserves our absolute surrender, but so many of us are still so hesitant to offer it.

What's our problem? Seems to be a basic lack of understanding of and appreciation for what Jesus Christ did for us on Calvary's cross.

Then what's the solution? Seems to be a basic, daily pursuit of an understanding of and appreciation for all that our God has done for us (read Ephesians 1) and a basic, daily commitment to diligently pursuing that which is pleasing to Him (read 2 Peter 1).

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

2 Corinthians 5:15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

Galatians 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.


  1. Yep!! That's definitely a favorite! Sorry this is a little long, but I think you'll appreciate it! I agree with you on what the problem is - a basic lack of understanding of God and His character, and a lack of appreciation for what Jesus Christ did in taking what we deserve - the wrath of God and death on us because of our rebellion against Him. I also agree with you on the solution - daily, basic pursuit of learning and desiring to understand our God and to understand this world as He sees it, and a basic DAILY committment to obey what we learn from the Word of God and what the Spirit convicts us of in our conscience. And that daily practice of these things or lack of it is a big indication of whether you are a child of God, or else if you are a child, God's discipline will be there if we're reluctant to obey. God's discipline is so good! It teaches us the right path in such an amazing way!! Hebrews 10:25 -Also "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." And on the topic of God being our Father who loves us (and these are some really great verses, so please read them all) - Hebrews 12:6-13 "For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but He for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; and make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed."

  2. Brother David,
    On the same day you posted this devotion I sent Brother James the following email:
    Dear Brother James,
    Just a note to tell you how blessed I was yesterday listening to God's word. After listening to "Temperance" then "Godliness" I was shown I have little of either. Praise God for conviction of the Holy Spirit.
    What is the young man's name who sang "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" before the Godliness sermon? Please tell him that I enjoyed hearing him sing that song. Lyrics of that song are some of my most favorite..

    God Bless you all.
    Brother Steve
    I never did get the man's name but then today I am on your site and whalla I find his name. A very powerful and emotional song to say the least.
    Lord Bless you.
    Brother Steve