Pristine Grace

by Eileen Beckett

Life is difficult to say the least.........very hard actually at times for each of us. The Lord God has left us here for His purposes, to conform us to the image of His Son Jesus, to test and try our faith, to grow us in His grace and knowledge, to be a light in the darkness. The good news is that one day our faith will be made sight, He is preparing a place for us and will return, He has promised.

In the meantime, as we sojourn here, one of the most profound priveleges is that we can go boldly to His throne and find peace and solace there. Following is an old english hymn that has been set to a contemporary tune and sung by a group called "Selah". It is the Truth of the words that bring me the joy and comfort needed for my soul.

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea
A great high Priest whose Name is love
Who ever lives and pleads for me
My name is graven on His hands
My name is written on His heart
I know that while in heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end to all my sin
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me

Behold Him there the risen Lamb
My perfect spotless righteousness
The great unchangeable I AM
The King of glory and of grace
One with Himself I cannot die
My soul is purchased by His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ my Savior and my God!

Amen, Lord Jesus!