There are two new songs available at ChurchWorksMedia.com—a new hymn by me and Greg Habegger and a new metrical psalm by Joe Tyrpak. Both will be a blessing to you, I believe. Here are the links:
YOUR BEAUTY FILLS OUR EYES
HEAVENS SHOUT GOD’S MATCHLESS GLORY—PSALM 19
Text by Joe Tyrpak; Tune by James Mountain
Joe has done a great job communicating Psalm 19 in metrical verse. As usual, every line of the Psalm appears in his song. I especially love how he concludes by focusing on Christ as the final and perfect revelation of God (Heb 1:1-3). You’ll not find a more exact, artistic, Christ-centered presentation of Psalm 19 to sing. I’m glad to commend it to you!
I’m also excited about the new hymn, which expresses the centrality of Christ in every part of our salvation—a message which is becoming part of the core of my life and ministry and one of which I believe the modern church needs to be reminded often. As usual, I’m indebted to several friends who made helpful suggestions regarding doctrinal content, clarity, word choices, etc. Thank you! Here is the doctrinal discussion I’ve published along with the hymn:
Your Beauty Fills Our Eyes celebrates the wondrous truth that each part of our salvation—justification, sanctification, and glorification—centers on the person and work of Jesus Christ. The three verses and they refrain allude to New Testament texts which teach that gazing on our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the means of our salvation.
Verse 1 begins the entire “behold the Lamb of God” theme from John 1:29. Jesus Christ is that atoning Lamb who “takes away the sin of the world.” Those who look to Him in faith, as commanded in Isaiah 45:22, are born again. To see the glory of God in the face of Christ is to find eternal life (2 Cor 4:4-6).
Verse 2 unfolds 2 Cor 3:18. Whereas the eyes of the unsaved are blinded (3:14-15; 4:3-4), the eyes of the Christian have been “unveiled” by the Spirit of God. As we gaze on the Lord Jesus’ glory in the Scriptures, that same Spirit changes us into Christ’s image. Thus, our progressive sanctification comes not from mere human effort or discipline, but by reliance and meditation upon Christ.
Verse 3 concludes by rejoicing in 1 John 3:2-3. We long for the day when the Lord Jesus shall appear, for when He does so “we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is” (3:3). Thus, we will be glorified (made finally like Christ) the same we were are being sanctified (made progressively like Christ)—by beholding Him! More than a future hope, this great truth has a sanctifying effect as we await our Lord’s coming, causing us to “purify ourselves as He is pure” (3:3).
The refrain combines each of these glorious thoughts. As the beauty of Christ fills our eyes, we who were saved are becoming saved until at Christ’s appearance we will be finally saved. It is our prayer that this hymn will point people Christ-ward, reminding them that salvation—from beginning to end—is all about Christ! Glory to Him!
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