Lords Day 19

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This beautiful poem by David Croft from Lords Day 19 of the Heidelberg Catechism helps us understand the significance of Christ, our Judge, sitting at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.


Lords Day 19

Concerning Christ the Son

Concerning Christ, the Son of Man
Our Sabbath rest and righteousness
Enthroned at God's right blessèd hand
What, in these words, do you confess?
When Christ ascended heaven's height
He rose, our King, our Lord, our Head
By God the Father's will and might
O'er all the living and the dead

What solid good, what spring of grace
To every child of Abraham
Doth from His high exalted place
Flow, like a river, from the Lamb?
Our Sovereign Savior Substitute
Through God the Holy Spirit's pow'r
Doth lavish lasting living fruit
Perfects His people every hour

Then by His strength our mighty God
Defends and keeps His poor oppressed
And shepherds by His staff and rod
His lambs in this world's wilderness
What clear consoling comfort cleaves
By which hope He is quieted
To His dear child who thus believes
He'll come to judge the quick and dead?

In persecution and distress
I turn my eyes to heav'n to wait
For Him who helps our helplessness
The Judge, Redeemer, Potentate
Who took my stead and drank the dregs
Of God's unmingled holy wrath
And though my Lord, yet still He begs
To keep me on the narrow path

Till all His enemies at last
Who prey upon His little flock
Shall be to endless torment cast
In God's eternal prison locked
But I and all His chosen ones
He'll gather up with Him to dwell
To shine in glory as the sun
In joy His praise to ever tell

July 2, 1996
Lords Day 19 Heidelberg Catechism Questions & Answers 50-52
© Copyright 1996 David L. Croft

This 19th Lords Day from the Heidelberg Catechism continues its questions from the Apostles' Creed. David Croft, in his usual poetic beauty, shows the great hope we, as Christ's dear children, have. Christ, our Highest Hope sits at the right hand of God the Father as head over all His church. There He pours out His gifts upon His fledgling flock, to defend and guide us on our way. As children of God, we have no fear of the final judgement, for Christ our Judge, has already taken our punishment. David ends this beautiful poem with this hope for the saints of God.

But I and all His chosen ones
He'll gather up with Him to dwell
To shine in glory as the sun
In Joy His praise to ever tell

Amen! Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!

Lords Day 19

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