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"O Sacred Head, Now Wounded"
by Paul Gerhardt, 1607-1676

O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded with thorns, Thine only crown;
O sacred Head, what glory, what bliss till now was Thine!
Yet, though despised and gory, I joy to call Thee mine.

What Thou, my Lord, hast suffered, was all for sinners’ gain;
Mine, mine was the transgression, but Thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior! ’Tis I deserve Thy place;
Look on me with Thy favor, vouchsafe to me Thy grace.

Men mock and taunt and jeer Thee, Thou noble countenance,
Though mighty worlds shall fear Thee and flee before Thy glance.
How art thou pale with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn!
How doth Thy visage languish that once was bright as morn!

Now from Thy cheeks has vanished their color once so fair;
From Thy red lips is banished the splendor that was there.
Grim death, with cruel rigor, hath robbed Thee of Thy life;
Thus Thou hast lost Thy vigor, Thy strength in this sad strife.

My burden in Thy Passion, Lord, Thou hast borne for me,
For it was my transgression which brought this woe on Thee.
I cast me down before Thee, wrath were my rightful lot;
Have mercy, I implore Thee; Redeemer, spurn me not!

What language shall I borrow to thank Thee, dearest friend,
For this Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end?
O make me Thine forever, and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never outlive my love to Thee.

My Shepherd, now receive me; my Guardian, own me Thine.
Great blessings Thou didst give me, O source of gifts divine.
Thy lips have often fed me with words of truth and love;
Thy Spirit oft hath led me to heavenly joys above.

Here I will stand beside Thee, from Thee I will not part;
O Savior, do not chide me! When breaks Thy loving heart,
When soul and body languish in death’s cold, cruel grasp,
Then, in Thy deepest anguish, Thee in mine arms I’ll clasp.

The joy can never be spoken, above all joys beside,
When in Thy body broken I thus with safety hide.
O Lord of Life, desiring Thy glory now to see,
Beside Thy cross expiring, I’d breathe my soul to Thee.

My Savior, be Thou near me when death is at my door;
Then let Thy presence cheer me, forsake me nevermore!
When soul and body languish, oh, leave me not alone,
But take away mine anguish by virtue of Thine own!

Be Thou my consolation, my shield when I must die;
Remind me of Thy passion when my last hour draws nigh.
Mine eyes shall then behold Thee, upon Thy cross shall dwell,
My heart by faith enfolds Thee. Who dieth thus dies well.

When Christ­ian Fried­rich Schwartz was dy­ing at Tan­jore, in 1798, af­ter near­ly fif­ty years’ apos­tol­ic la­bour for In­dia, where Hy­der Ali trust­ed and hon­oured him, his Mal­a­bar pu­pils ga­thered round and sang in their lang­uage the last verse of this hymn. The mis­sion­a­ry fre­quent­ly joined in it. Then he rest­ed a lit­tle, asked to be raised up, and passed to his rest.

Telford, p. 143

The grim fact is

The grim fact is that He was not guilty of any crime deserving of such suffering. “He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities (Isaiah 53:5).”

O sacred Head, now wounded,
With grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded
With thorns, Thine only crown.
O sacred Head, what glory,
What bliss, till now was Thine!
Yet, though despised and gory,
I joy to call Thee mine.

Herbert Lockyer, All the Messianic Prophecies of the Bible, p. 150

" You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope. "

- Psalm 119:114 (via simply-divine-creation)

" Joy is not the absence of trouble but the presence of Christ. "

- (via proverbs31v25)

Muslims in Mosul, Killing and Exiling Every Last Christian

http://madworldnews.com/muslims-just-made-history-mosul-killing-exiling-every-last-christian/

The Religion of Pieces

Heavy Hitters: Top All-Time Donors, 1989-2014: Suprising, if your head is in the sand!

http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/list.php

The 1%’ers are Democrats; always have been, always will be because they believe that the source of your life should be controlled, directed and dictated by government. Via the list the first 17 are 11 Democrat, 5 fence sitters and 1 Republican. Notice the evil Koch Brothers don’t appear until slot #58, See liberty and freedom loving people don’t pay the government off for special treatment, or the right to breathe i.e. Carbon Taxation.

"Differences in happiness and subjective well-being across space weakly support the view that the desires for happiness and life satisfaction do not uniquely drive human ambitions. If we choose only that which maximized our happiness, then individuals would presumably move to happier places until the point where rising rents and congestion eliminated the joys of that locale. An alternative view is that humans are quite understandably willing to sacrifice both happiness and life satisfaction if the price is right. … Indeed, the residents of unhappier metropolitan areas today do receive higher real wages — presumably as compensation for their misery."

By Tom McKay

" You are wonderful, LORD, and you deserve all praise, because you are much greater than anyone can understand "

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Psalm 145:3 (via dailybibleverse365)

2Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever. 3Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised, And His greatness is unsearchable. 4One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts.…
Romans 11:33
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!

Job 5:9
He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.

Job 9:10
He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.

Job 11:7
"Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?

Psalm 18:3
I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.

Psalm 48:1
A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah. Great is the LORD, and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, his holy mountain.

Psalm 86:10
For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God.

Psalm 95:3
For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.

Psalm 96:4
For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.

Psalm 135:5
I know that the LORD is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods.

Psalm 147:5
Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.

Psalm 150:2
Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.

Isaiah 40:28
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

Jeremiah 32:18
You show love to thousands but bring the punishment for the parents’ sins into the laps of their children after them. Great and mighty God, whose name is the LORD Almighty,

How great was His beauty!

But ugly men tried to destroy it, for Isaiah saw His face marred more than any man’s. The shocking and brutal abuse Jesus suffered can be gathered from the following prophecy:

As many were astonished at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: (Isaiah 52:14)

Herbert Lockyer, All the Messianic Prophecies of the Bible, p. 150

" We should ask God to increase our hope when it is small, awaken it when it is dormant, confirm it when it is wavering, strengthen it when it is weak, and raise it up when it is overthrown. "

- John Calvin (via foundworthy)

bibledevotionals:

"We err greatly if we suppose that Christ cares for none but His own believing people. He cares for all. His heart is wide enough to take an interest in all mankind. His compassion extends to every man, woman, and child on earth. He has a love of ‘general pity’ for the man who is going on still in his wickedness, as well as a love of special affection for the sheep who hear His voice and follow Him. —-> He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

- J. C. Ryle: Daily Readings From All Four Gospels

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Si fractus illabatur orbis, Impavidum ferient ruinae.

Whoso feareth the Lord shall not fear nor be afraid; for he is his Hope

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- (Ecclus. 31 (34):14, etc.).

" An honest, godly, poor man, is better than a wicked, ungodly, rich man; has more comfort in himself, and is a greater blessing to the world. "

- Matthew Henry