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Why am I a Guest?

“It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost (chief!).” I Tim. 1:15

I marvel at the privilege of knowing Jesus and communing at His table!  Why am I a guest?  Why does He consider me?  It can only be God’s abundant grace and mercy, who calls us all to “Come and dine!”  A beautiful hymn by Issac Watts called  “How Sweet and Awesome (Old English, aweful,  meaning full of awe!) is the Place“,  expresses the wonder of God’s choice and echoes my heart, “Why am I a guest?”

Sovereign Grace Music has blessed us with a recording of this gripping song, available on the CD entitled Together for the Gospel.  It’s a collection of hymns sung by over 5000 men gathered at a Pastor’s Conference under the same name.  It is truly Awesome!  I’ve placed it in the blue Music Box to the right, so you can listen and follow along with the words: 

 

How sweet and awesome is this 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.
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[1]  Issac Watts.  Our Own Hymn Book, A Collection of Psalms and Hymns (compiled by C.H. Spurgeon). Pilgrim Publications. Texas.  2nd Ed. 2002.