On second thought, how does one contemplate Jesus? Does that mean I just read my bible all day? What about going to work, tying my kids shoe, cooking dinner and ironing my shirt for the next day? Well, let me take a crack at sharing one of the ways that we can contemplate Jesus so that we may adore him with our lives. The Answer: Sing! Really? Sing? Yes! Sing!
God has given us the gift of music to consider him as we go about our days. Ever get a tune stuck in your head? Music has that effect. It’s supposed to do that. And if we are to “prepare our minds for action” (1 Pet 1:13) and “set our minds on the things above” (Col 3:2), gospel saturated music helps and equips us by the power of the Spirit.
For this reason, we are going to use the song “See the Destined Day Arise” to form the “holy habit” of contemplating Jesus and worshipping Him. The plan is to sing this song frequently enough in the months of February and March in order to erupt in praise Easter Weekend (April 15th). Would you learn this song with us?
SEE THE DESTINED DAY ARISE
See the destined day arise!
See a willing sacrifice!
Jesus, to redeem our loss
Hangs upon the shameful cross
Jesus, who but You could bear
Wrath so great and justice fair?
Every pang and bitter throe
finishing Your life of woe?
Lamb of God for sinners slain!
Jesus Christ, we praise Your name!
Who but Christ had dared to drain
Steeped in gall, the cup of pain
And with tender body bear
Thorns and nails and piercing spear?
Slain for us, the water flowed
Mingled from Your side with blood
Sign to all attesting eyes
of the finished sacrifice.
Holy Jesus, grant us grace
In that sacrifice to place
All our trust for life renewed
Pardoned sin, and promised good
Grant us grace to sing Your praise
‘Round Your throne through endless days
Ever with the sons of light:
“Blessing, honor, glory, might!”
Original words: Venantius Fortunatus (c.530-600), tr. Richard Mant (1837), Public Domain. Alt. words, chorus, and music: Matthew Merker © 2014 Matthew Merker Music (BMI)/Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI) Sovereign Grace Music, a division of Sovereign Grace Churches. All rights reserved. Administrated worldwide at www.CapitolCMGPublishing.com, excluding the UK which is adm. by Integrity Music, part of the David C Cook family. www.SovereignGraceMusic.org. Introductory Question by J.I. Packer from his foreword in the book Knowing Jesus by Mark Jones.