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    “Old Testament Gospel” (by William Cowper)

    I was reading through some of Cowper’s Olney Hymns today, and I was so struck by this one in particular, that I decided to post it for everyone else to enjoy as well. Cowper’s hymns really are phenomenal. They’re also public domain. Anyone interested may find them all online here

    Israel in ancient days
    Not only had a view
    Of Sinai in a blaze,
    But learn'd the Gospel too;
    The types and figures were a glass,
    In which they saw a Saviour's face.

    The paschal sacrifice
    And blood-besprinkled door,
    Seen with enlighten'd eyes,
    And once applied with power,
    Would teach the need of other blood,
    To reconcile an angry God.

    The Lamb, the Dove, set forth
    His perfect innocence,
    Whose blood of matchless worth
    Should be the soul's defence;
    For he who can for sin atone,
    Must have no failings of His own.

    The scape-goat on his head
    The people's trespass bore,
    And to the desert led,
    Was to be seen no more:
    In him our surety seem'd to say,
    "Behold, I bear your sins away."

    Dipt in his fellow's blood,
    The living bird went free;
    The type, well understood,
    Express'd the sinner's plea;
    Described a guilty soul enlarged,
    And by a Saviour's death discharged.

    Jesus, I love to trace,
    Throughout the sacred page,
    The footsteps of Thy grace,
    The same in every age!
    Oh, grant that I may faithful be
    To clearer light vouchsafed to me!

    (Hebrews 4:2)

    Posted by Nathan on October 2, 2006 06:52 PM

    Comments

    Great Hymn! Thank God for those like Cowper who suffered much emotionally to give us words like these.

    Cowper suffered from depression and was suicidal at times. Fortunately for him (and us) John Newton (Amazing Grace) was his friend. Newton helped him much. He stopped him from killing himself several times. God used this torn individual to write some amazing poems/hymns. His natural talent seems to have been enhanced by a spiritual insight that was very costly to him. God's ways are not our ways. Thanks for posting this Nathan!

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

    AMEN! Same covenant yesterday, today, and tomorrow!

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