Midweek Wake-Up, May 10, 2017
On Sunday, as we heard the testimonies of God’s grace and work in the lives of individuals, we sang the following lines: “what love could remember no wrongs we have done; Omniscient, all knowing, He counts not their sum; Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore; Our sins they are many, His mercy is more; What riches of kindness he lavished on us; His blood was the payment, His life was the cost; We stood ‘neath a debt we could never afford; Our sins they are many, His mercy is more.
Those words come from a letter written by John Newton to a fellow believer in March of 1767. Some of the words Newton penned that day are as follows: “you have one hard lesson to learn, that is, the evil of your own heart. You know something of it, but it is needful that you should know more. For the more we know of ourselves, the more we shall prize and love Jesus and His salvation……are you not amazed sometimes that you should have so much as a hope, that, poor and needy as you are, the Lord thinketh of you? But let not all you feel discourage you. For if our Physician is almighty, our disease cannot be desperate and if He casts none out that come to Him, why should you fear? Our sins are many, but His mercies are more: our sins are great, but His righteousness is greater: we are weak, but He is power.”
NSC, as you reflect on these words this morning, may you know the wonder of the reality, that as far as the east is from the west, so far has God removed our sins from us (Psalm 103). And may you sing with an absolute joy and wonder “our sins they are many, His mercy is more”.