FATHER, WHOSE EVERLASTING LOVE Wesley, 1741
Father, whose everlasting love
Thy only Son for sinners gave,
Whose grace to all did freely move,
And sent Him down the world to save;
Help us Thy mercy to extol,
Immense, unfathomed, unconfined;
To praise the Lamb who died for all,The general Savior of mankind.
Thy undistinguishing regard
Was cast on Adam's entire race;
For ALL Thou hast IN CHRIST prepared
Sufficient, sovereign, saving grace.
The world He suffered to redeem;
For ALL He hath the atonement made;
For those that will not come to Him
The ransom of his life was paid.
Why then, Thou UNIVERSAL LOVE,
Should any of Thy grace despair?
TO ALL, TO ALL, THY BOWELS MOVE,
Arise, O God, maintain Thy cause!
The fullness of the Gentiles call;
Lift up the standard of Thy cross,
AND ALL SHALL OWN THOU DIEST FOR ALL.
from Daily Overcoming, Ray Prinzing
HE EVER WORKS HIS PLEASURE
So shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please.
The Psalmist often gave expression to his thoughts on the omnipotence and sovereignty of God, as when he said, "But our God is in the heavens: He hath done whatswoever He hath pleased." (Ps 115:3). Or again, "For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did He in Heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places. (Ps 135:5-6) To this Paul readily gives his assent, by teaching that God "worketh all things after the counsel of His own will," (Eph 1:11)
HE IS ABOVE ALL. He does rule over all. He raises up kings and abases them according to His own plan and purpose. We believe this, and rejoice in it, for this OUR God. But, there is also a fact to be reckoned with, for in all the exercise of His will and purpose there is not one particle of perverseness or selfishness involved. He performs His will because He know it is in the best interest of ALL His cretion, for He alone has the knowledge and wisdom necessary to make the right judgment. His nature is LOVE, and love motivates all his actions towards us, as an elect firstfruit to become a new creation, and towards ALL the world, which shall be delivered from the bondage of sin and shame in due time.
"GOD IS LOVE,"
(1 John 4:16). We quote it, write mottoes of it to hang upon our walls, yet find it difficult to believe, "God so loved the world that He gave..." and continues give out of His boundless supply until He shall have brought every man into Himself, and lifted every creature into the highest realms of glory, to fulfill in each one that purpose for which we are created. It is working out of a purpose in which He is well pleased. A victory that is totally secure in Himself, and joyously and freely shared with us through His grace.