Not For Works Which We Have Done (Toplady)

I always like reading the original words of the solid hymns we know and love.  As I was looking through Augustus Toplady's hymns in volume 6 of his Works I recently came across "How Vast the Benefits Divine."  Here are the original words, which are based on 2 Timothy 1:9 - He has saved us… Continue reading Not For Works Which We Have Done (Toplady)

The Tender Mercy of God

One of the great old hymns we use here for worship is "Your Mercy" by Isaac Watts.  The first part goes like this: "Your mercy my God is the theme of my song; The joy of my heart and the boast of my tongue!" I love the old theological Latin for mercy, misericordia Dei, which… Continue reading The Tender Mercy of God

Don’t Come to the Garden Alone!

I'm sure many of you have heard the hymn "In the Garden" by C. Austin Miles (d. 1946).  The song has always given me the creeps.  Here are a few lyrics. "I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses...he speaks, the sound of his voice is so sweet the… Continue reading Don’t Come to the Garden Alone!

Prose and Poetry or Narrative Prologues and Poetic Epilogues

Some OT scholars make hay with the seeming discrepancies between Exodus 14 (the exodus narrative proper) and Exodus 15 (the poetic or hymnic reflection on the exodus).  For example, they discuss the history, authorship, and date of the two chapters.  It is true: on close reading of the two texts, one can see some differences… Continue reading Prose and Poetry or Narrative Prologues and Poetic Epilogues