How Tedious and Tasteless the Hours, pt 1

Dec 01, 2013
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"I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High" (Psalm 9:2).

Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs should not only be part of our worship service, but can be a great blessing in our life on a daily basis. John Newton wrote a number of great hymns and today we want to look at one of his, "How Tedious and Tasteless the Hours."

First we observe that we should enjoy what is given us. God is referred to as the living God "who giveth us all things to enjoy." We should enjoy the beauty of his creation and the benefits he gives us on a daily basis. But sometimes joy is lost because the Lord's face is hidden. Sometimes it is because of sin, sometimes because we have forgotten his mercies, and sometimes to teach us.

Jesus is the source of our joy: "His name yields the richest perfume, his presence disperses my gloom." Everything here is subject to change and decay, but Jesus is the same forever. Communion with Jesus brings contentment, and with him "prisons would palaces prove."

Finally, we anticipate a cloudless day. The hymn-writer says, "Take me unto thee on high, where winter and clouds are no more."

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