“When I survey the wonderous cross, on which the Prince of Glory died, My richest gain I count but loss, And pour contempt on all my pride.”
Isaac Watts first published this hymn in 1707. Interestingly, I am told that it was the first English speaking hymn that ever used the word “I.” This signifies the appreciation that Watts had for personal experience in worshipping God. Watts was personally affected, and personally forgiven, and personally, blessed, and personally saved by God’s grace to his people through the cross of Christ. He knew that singing, as well as preaching, ought to help us to personally worship God by filling our hearts with gospel truths that we share with all God’s people.
I am looking forward to being helped to survey the cross this evening at Grace and Truth Community Church. I don’t think Isaac Watts will show up but we will have singing which reminds us of why the cross of Christ is good news. Not only that, but we will also have the opportunity to hear the preaching of seven men from the congregation who will speak on the last seven things that Christ is recorded in Scripture to have said from the cross. This is a great opportunity for us as Christians to appreciate God’s Son with God’s people. Truly a blessing!
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Col. 3:16)