697 Great Are the Gains From Belief in the Practical God

Verse 1

The Son of man continues to speak.

This meager man leads us in God’s work through each step.

We’ve gone through many trials and chastenings,

and we have also been tested with death.

We learn of God’s righteousness and majesty.

We enjoy God’s compassion and His love.

We appreciate His wisdom and His power,

see He’s lovely and eager to save man.

Chorus

In the words of this ordinary person,

we learn God’s substance, will, disposition.

We also learn man’s nature and substance,

and see the path of salvation, perfection.

Verse 2

His words cause us to die and be reborn.

They leave us with guilt and indebtedness.

Yet they also bring much comfort to us.

His words bring great pain, but also joy and peace.

Now enemies burned to ashes by His wrath,

now lambs to His slaughter, now apple of His eye,

we’re ones He saves, we’re maggots in His eyes,

we’re lost lambs He searches for day and night.

Chorus

In the words of this ordinary person,

we learn God’s substance, will, disposition.

We also learn man’s nature and substance,

and see the path of salvation, perfection.

Verse 3

He pities, raises, despises us,

comforts, exhorts, guides and enlightens us,

chastens, disciplines and even curses us,

night and day, worries, protects, cares for us.

He’s always by our side, giving all His care.

He’s paid all the price for the sake of us.

In His words, we’ve enjoyed God’s entirety

and beheld the destination He’s given us.

Chorus

In the words of this ordinary person,

we learn God’s substance, will, disposition.

We also learn man’s nature and substance,

and see the path of salvation, perfection.

Adapted from “Beholding the Appearance of God in His Judgment and Chastisement” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

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