How Sweet and Awful Is the Place — Isaac Watts

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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.

Pity the nations, O our God,
Constrain the earth to come;
Send Thy victorious Word abroad,
And bring the strangers home.

We long to see Thy churches full,
That all the chosen race
May, with one voice and heart and soul,
Sing Thy redeeming grace.

Devotion —  Emotions are high this morning when I read and sang the words to this hymn. Can something be sweet and awful at the same time? It is either sweet or it is awful. One cannot be beautiful and ugly at the same time. But when I look at the cross I see the sweetness, the beauty of what Christ has done to redeemed my wretched soul. I am so thankful for His redeeming grace. The cross is magnificent but as I contemplated more I see the vile and awful sight of my sins that nailed Him to the cross. Why did He chose to take on such a horrific death for sinners like me? The answer is GRACE! God knows I need it everyday. Grace is the fuel to a Christian life.

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About John
A follower of Christ and sinner who needs his grace everyday.

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