I’ve been looking to start writing some worship songs, or just music in general using the great words of the great Godly man, Isaac Watts. Upon browsing Cyber Hymnal I can across a Hymn he wrote called That Man is Blest Who Stands in Awe written from the Psalms of David. Below are a few verses:
“That man is blest who stands in awe
Of God, and loves His sacred law.
His seed on earth shall be renowned;
His house the seat of wealth shall be,
an in exhausted treasury,
And with successive honors crowned.
His liberal favors he extends,
to some he gives, to others lends;
A generous pity fills his mind:
Yet what his charity impairs,
He Saves by prudence in affairs
and thus he’s just to all mankind.
Ill tidings never can surprise
His heart that fixed on God relies,
though waves and tempest roar around:
safe on the rock he sits, and sees
the shipwreck of his enemies,
and all their hope and glory drowned.
The wicked shall his triumph see,
and gnash their teeth in agony,
to find their expectations crossed;
they and their envy, pride and spite,
sink down to everlasting night,
and all their names in darkness lost.”
What really struck me was when I was reading through James today. In chapter 1:12-15 “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.”
Super cool when I’m able to connect the dots and themes from across many books and generations. God’s story of redemption remains.