Practica Poetica http://www.practicapoetica.com Adventist Christian Poetry and Hymns Sun, 23 Jul 2017 01:20:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 Heart Work http://www.practicapoetica.com/adventist-poetry-and-hymns/songs-of-hope-and-trust/texts-from-ellen-white/heart-work/ http://www.practicapoetica.com/adventist-poetry-and-hymns/songs-of-hope-and-trust/texts-from-ellen-white/heart-work/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 00:33:04 +0000 http://www.practicapoetica.com/?page_id=9806 1. Before the witnessing cosmos,
Christ testified it is a better thing
To suffer any loss than to depart
In any manner from God’s will.

Refrain
For thus God gave His Son to die for ev’ryone;
    It was not drudgery, it was heart work!
We plead such willing hearts to do God’s will as sons,
    To instantly obey and trust.

2. If we consent to the Saviour,
He’ll blend our hearts and minds with His own will,
That when obeying Him we shall
But carry out the impulse of our heart.
Refrain

3. Those who decide to do nothing
In any line that will displease their God,
After presenting their case unto Him,
Will know what course they must pursue.
Refrain

– based on The Desire of Ages, p. 121, 668


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This song is drawn from three statements in The Desire of Ages, which are fundamental to the message of the gospel for our time:

The Desire of Ages, p. 121
In the presence of the witnessing universe, He [Christ] testified that it is a less calamity to suffer whatever may befall than to depart in any manner from the will of God.

The Desire of Ages, p. 668
All true obedience comes from the heart. It was heart work with Christ. And if we consent, He will so identify Himself with our thoughts and aims, so blend our hearts and minds into conformity to His will, that when obeying Him we shall be but carrying out our own impulses. The will, refined and sanctified, will find its highest delight in doing His service. When we know God as it is our privilege to know Him, our life will be a life of continual obedience.

The Desire of Ages, p. 668
Those who decide to do nothing in any line that will displease God, will know, after presenting their case before Him, just what course to pursue.


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Your Own Bethlehem http://www.practicapoetica.com/adventist-poetry-and-hymns/songs-of-hope-and-trust/the-everlasting-gospel/your-own-bethlehem/ http://www.practicapoetica.com/adventist-poetry-and-hymns/songs-of-hope-and-trust/the-everlasting-gospel/your-own-bethlehem/#respond Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:31:00 +0000 http://www.practicapoetica.com/?page_id=9802 1. The sure and certain Bethlehem is found when one is born again;
    Then in the crib of mortal flesh the promis’d Saviour comes afresh.
It’s not a play that eyes can see: He sends His seed to grow in thee;
    It’s not a selfish Christmas day, by faith you get His life to stay.

2. In your dry ground, a tender plant, rejected and despised by men,
    Comes in without the worldly bliss, He has no form, no comeliness.
He takes your sorrow and your sin, and fills your cup well o’er the brim
    With His eternal life and grace, and by His stripes He heals your case.

3. The devil challenges the world: “Can mortal man be just with God?
    And stand before his Maker pure?” To this we have an answer sure:
“Look, Jesus took our flesh and blood and lived a sinless, perfect life,
    To show the lost, deceived within, that ‘God with man’ will never sin.”

4. I pray God’s Word would give you faith to rise to such a Bethlehem:
    Wash’d in His blood, the past forgiv’n, and freed from Satan’s seed within.
Let’s be the manger of the Lamb, that crib of mortal flesh and blood,
    In which Christ’s perfect, sinless mind forever manifests its kind.


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The Saviour to Glory is Gone http://www.practicapoetica.com/the-protestant-reformation/the-heavenly-priesthood/the-saviour-to-glory-is-gone/ Sun, 02 Jul 2017 03:33:02 +0000 http://www.practicapoetica.com/?page_id=9779 1. The Saviour to glory is gone;
    His suff’rings and sorrows are past;
His work is completed and done,
    And shall to eternity last.
Forever He lives to bestow
    The blessings He purchased so dear;
Our bosoms with gratitude glow,
    While to Him, by faith we draw near.

2. Expecting from Him to receive
    All fullness of glory and grace,
Rejoicing in hope, we believe,
    His promises thankful embrace.
Our King shall protect us from harms,
    Our Advocate make our plea good;
Our Shepherd will bear in His arms
    The sheep which He bought with His blood.

3. Our Prophet will point out the way
    Which leads to the mansions above;
Our Priest all our ransom shall pay,
    Our Friend of unchangeable love.
But while to the Lamb on His throne
    Our hearts and our voices we raise,
His glory exalted we own
    Above all our blessing and praise.

Text: Thomas Haweis (1733-1820)
Tune: D. E. Evans (1843-1913)


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Prophet, Priest, and King

“Prophet, Priest, King”
From “Spirit of Life – Pastel Drawings” by Sandra Wynveen
(https://pasteldrawings.wordpress.com/pastel-drawings/)

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With Joy We Meditate the Grace http://www.practicapoetica.com/the-protestant-reformation/the-heavenly-priesthood/with-joy-we-meditate-the-grace/ http://www.practicapoetica.com/the-protestant-reformation/the-heavenly-priesthood/with-joy-we-meditate-the-grace/#respond Sun, 25 Jun 2017 04:23:09 +0000 http://www.practicapoetica.com/?page_id=9747 1. With joy we meditate the grace
    Of our High Priest above;
His heart is made of tenderness,
    And overflows with love.

2. All touched with sympathy within,
    He knows our feeble frame;
He knows what sore temptations mean,
    For He has felt the same.

3. But spotless, innocent and pure,
    The great Redeemer stood,
While Satan’s fiery darts He bore,
    And did resist to blood.

4. He in the days of feeble flesh
    Poured out his cries and tears;
And, though exalted, feels afresh
    What ev’ry member bears.

5. He’ll never quench the smoking flax,
    But raise it to a flame;
The bruised reed He never breaks,
    Nor scorns the meanest name.

6. Then let our humble faith address
    His mercy and His pow’r:
We shall obtain deliv’ring grace
    In the distressing hour.

Text: Isaac Watts (1674-1748)
Tune: W. Jones (1726-1800)


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Christ, our High Priest

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Where High the Heav’nly Temple Stands http://www.practicapoetica.com/the-protestant-reformation/the-heavenly-priesthood/where-high-the-heavnly-temple-stands/ http://www.practicapoetica.com/the-protestant-reformation/the-heavenly-priesthood/where-high-the-heavnly-temple-stands/#respond Sun, 25 Jun 2017 04:18:47 +0000 http://www.practicapoetica.com/?page_id=9745 1. Where high the heav’nly temple stands,
    The house of God not made with hands,
A great High Priest our nature wears,
    The Guardian of mankind appears.

2. He who for men their Surety stood,
    And poured on earth His precious blood,
Pursues in heav’n His mighty plan,
    The Saviour and the Friend of man.

3. Though now ascended up on high,
    He bends on earth a brother’s eye;
Partaker of the human name,
    He knows the frailty of our frame.

4. Our fellow-sufferer yet retains
    A fellow-feeling of our pains,
And still remembers in the skies
    His tears, His agonies and cries.

5. In ev’ry pang that rends the heart,
    The Man of Sorrows had a part:
He sympathizes with our grief,
    And to the sufferer sends relief.

6. With boldness, therefore, at the throne,
    Let us make all our sorrows known;
And ask the aid of heav’nly pow’r
    To help us in the evil hour.

Text: Michael Bruce (1746-1767)
Tune: R. Harrison (1748-1810)


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Heaven's Gates

“Heaven’s Gates”
From “Spirit of Life – Pastel Drawings” by Sandra Wynveen
(https://pasteldrawings.wordpress.com/pastel-drawings/)

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The Veil is Rent http://www.practicapoetica.com/the-protestant-reformation/the-heavenly-priesthood/the-veil-is-rent/ http://www.practicapoetica.com/the-protestant-reformation/the-heavenly-priesthood/the-veil-is-rent/#respond Sun, 25 Jun 2017 04:04:32 +0000 http://www.practicapoetica.com/?page_id=9741 1. The veil is rent: lo! Jesus stands
    Before the throne of grace;
And clouds of incense from His hands
    Fill all that glorious place.

2. His precious blood is sprinkled there,
    Before and on the throne;
And His own wounds in heav’n declare
    His work on earth is done.

3. “Tis finished!” on the cross, He said,
    In agonies and blood:
“Tis finished!” now He lives to plead
    Before the face of God.

4. “Tis finished!” here our souls can rest,
    His work can never fail;
By Him, our Sacrifice and Priest,
    We enter through the veil.

5. Within the holiest of all,
    Cleansed by His precious blood,
Before Your throne Your children fall,
    And worship You, our God.

Text: James George Deck (1802-1884)
Tune: A. Tozer (1857-1920) (modified)


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The Cross and the Veil

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The Atoning Work is Done http://www.practicapoetica.com/the-protestant-reformation/the-heavenly-priesthood/the-atoning-work-is-done/ http://www.practicapoetica.com/the-protestant-reformation/the-heavenly-priesthood/the-atoning-work-is-done/#respond Sun, 25 Jun 2017 03:14:16 +0000 http://www.practicapoetica.com/?page_id=9737 1. The atoning work is done; the Victim’s blood is shed;
And Jesus is now gone, His people’s cause to plead.
    He stands in heav’n their great High Priest
    And bears their names upon His breast.

2. He sprinkles with His blood the mercy-seat above;
Else justice had withstood the purposes of love;
    But justice now objects no more,
    And mercy yields her boundless store.

3. No temple made with hands His place of service is;
In heav’n itself He stands, a heav’nly Priesthood His!
    In Him the shadows of the law
    Are all fulfilled, and now withdraw.

4. And though awhile He be hid from the eyes of men,
His people look to see their great High Priest again;
    In brightest glory He will come,
    And take His waiting people home.

Text: Thomas Kelly (1769-1855)
Tune: C. Steggall (1826-1905)


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Jesus Interceding

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Since Our Great High Priest, Christ Jesus http://www.practicapoetica.com/the-protestant-reformation/the-heavenly-priesthood/since-our-great-high-priest-christ-jesus/ Sun, 25 Jun 2017 03:09:29 +0000 http://www.practicapoetica.com/?page_id=9735 1. Since our great high priest, Christ Jesus,
    Bears the name above all names,
Reigning Son of God, surpassing
    Other titles, pow’rs and claims.
Since to heav’n our Lord has passed,
    Let us hold our witness fast.

2. Since we have a priest who suffered,
    Knowing weakness, tears and pain;
Who, like us, was tried and tempted;
    Unlike us, without a stain.
Since He shared our lowly place;
    Let us boldly seek His grace!

3. Sacrifice and suff’ring over,
    Now He sits at God’s right hand.
Crowned with praise, no more an outcast,
    His preeminence long planned;
Such a great high priest we have,
    Strong to help, supreme to save!

4. Love’s example, hope’s attraction,
    Faith’s beginning and its end.
Pioneer of our salvation,
    Mighty Advocate and Friend.
Jesus, now in glory raised,
    Our ascended Lord be praised!

Text: C.M. Idle
Tune: L. Mason(1792-1872)


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Jesus among the Candlesticks

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Jesus, in You Our Eyes Behold http://www.practicapoetica.com/the-protestant-reformation/the-heavenly-priesthood/jesus-in-you-our-eyes-behold/ Sun, 25 Jun 2017 02:54:12 +0000 http://www.practicapoetica.com/?page_id=9733 1. Jesus, in You our eyes behold
    A thousand glories more
Than the rich gems and polished gold
    The sons of Aaron wore.

2. They first their own burnt off’rings brought,
    To purge themselves from sin;
Your life was pure, without a spot,
    And all Your nature clean.

3. Fresh blood, as constant as the day,
    Was on their altar spilt:
But Your one off’ring takes away
    Forever all our guilt.

4. Their priesthood ran through sev’ral hands,
    For mortal was their race:
Your never-changing office stands
    Eternal as Your days.

5. Once, in the circuit of the year,
    With blood, but not their own,
Did they within the veil appear
    Before the golden throne.

6. But Christ, by His own pow’rful blood,
    Ascends above the skies;
And in the presence of our God
    Shows His own sacrifice.

7. Jesus, the King of glory, reigns
    On Zion’s heav’nly hill,
Looks like a Lamb that has been slain,
    And wears His priesthood still.

8. He ever lives to intercede
    Before His Father’s face:
Give Him, my soul, your cause to plead,
    Nor ever doubt His grace.

Text: Isaac Watts (1674-1748)
Tune: F. Zimmerman


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Lamb of God

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Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus http://www.practicapoetica.com/the-protestant-reformation/the-heavenly-priesthood/hail-thou-once-despised-jesus/ http://www.practicapoetica.com/the-protestant-reformation/the-heavenly-priesthood/hail-thou-once-despised-jesus/#respond Sun, 25 Jun 2017 02:49:41 +0000 http://www.practicapoetica.com/?page_id=9731 1. Hail, Thou once despised Jesus! Crown’d in cruel scorn a king!
Thou didst suffer to release us; Thou didst free salvation bring.
Hail, Thou agonizing Saviour! Bearer of our sin and shame!
By Thy merits we find favour: life is given through Thy name.

2. Lamb of God, by Him appointed, all our sins on Thee were laid;
By Almighty Love anointed, Thou redemption’s price hast paid.
All Thy people are forgiven through the virtue of Thy blood:
Opened is the gate of heaven, peace is made ‘twixt man and God.

3. Jesus, hail! enthroned in glory! there for ever to abide;
All the heav’nly hosts adore Thee, seated at Thy Father’s side;
There for sinners Thou art pleading; there Thou dost our place prepare,
Ever for us interceding, till in glory we appear.

4. Worship, honour, pow’r and blessing Thou art worthy to receive;
Loudest praises, without ceasing it is meet for us to give;
Help, ye bright angelic spirits, bring your sweetest, noblest lays;
Help to sing our Saviour’s merits, help to chant Immanuel’s praise.

Text: John Bakewell (1721-1819)
Tune: H. T. Smart (1813-1879)


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Lord of All

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