Month: September 2015

Against Penance by Kilby Austin (2010)

There’s no atonement left to make,
not even by remorse.
When God forgives for Jesus’ sake
he settles all the scores.

Nor penitence nor faith nor prayer
pays any of the debt,
for payment Jesus will not share
and less the glory get.

Then why should I one minute wait
thinking I must atone
or get me in some proper state
to come before the throne?

No, halting heart! It’s Jesus’ blood
and only what he’s done
makes me acceptable to God
in the Beloved One.

by Kilby Austin

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God Moves in a Mysterious Way by William Cowper

God moves in a mysterious way
his wonders to perform. William_Cowper_by_Lemuel_Francis_Abbott
He plants his footsteps in the sea
and rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines
of never-failing skill,
he treasures up his bright designs
and works his sovereign will.

You fearful saints, fresh courage take;
the clouds you so much dread
are big with mercy and shall break
in blessings on your head.

His purposes will ripen fast,
unfolding every hour.
The bud may have a bitter taste,
but sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err
and scan his work in vain.
God is his own interpreter,
and he will make it plain.