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"Why Was I Made to Hear Thy Voice?"

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

On Sunday we joined several families from church at my parents' house for a time of singing and one song we chose was the old favorite, "How Sweet and Awful is the Place." As our voices joined in the lilting strains of the Celtic tune, I was struck with the beauty of the words:

How sweet and awful is the place
With Christ within the doors,
While everlasting love displays
The choicest of her stores.

While all our hearts and all our songs
Join to admire the feast,
Each of us cry, with thankful tongues,
"Lord, why was I a guest?"

"Why was I made to hear Thy voice,
And enter while there's room,
When thousands make a wretched choice,
And rather starve than come?"

'Twas the same love that spread the feast
That sweetly drew us in;
Else we had still refused to taste,
And perished in our sin.

Those third and fourth verses particularly caught my notice. God made me hear His voice and sweetly drew me in to taste His lovely feast. If He hadn't chosen me, I would have made the wretched choice to starve and perish in my sin. I don't know why He chose me to be a guest at His table, but I thank Him and pray that He will fill me with the strength I need to make Him pleased with me, His humble servant.

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