For well over a decade now I’ve been a member of the Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals (F.I.R.E.). FIRE is a wonderful, international association of like minded Churches and individuals. And this week I had the pleasure of attending our latest international conference held at Providence Church in Rowlett TX. It was an unusually sweet time with old friends and many new ones.
The theme this year was Romans 8 and the slate of speakers each took a portion of that majestic passage until the whole was covered. We were truly blessed.
I was given the privilege of offering the closing prayer. Sometimes as it happens, my thoughts organize themselves in verse. In this case, attempting to summarize the key points emphasized by the speakers and the chapter – I composed the following as my prayer. I pray it will be a blessing to you.
What then shall we say Dear Lord
For all that we have heard
As each approached the sacred desk
To break to us your Word?
The riches of our Christ and King
Of condemnation gone
The Spirit, and our life in Christ
Christ’s true new day has dawned
The law of sin and death undone
In Christ sent in the flesh
You Father, sent your Only Son
To grant true life afresh
And by the Spirit’s residence
To grant a Heav’nly mind
Our hearts to yours to bind
And how the power of canceled sin
You grant to each you’ve bought
No more a debtor to its bonds
This victory you have wrought
You dealt to fear its fatal blow
Placed “Abba!” on our lips
And made us fellow heirs with Christ
With all His glorious gifts
Redeeming all our sufferings
Transforming every groan
Into hymns of sweetest praise
Tho in inexpressible moans
Your precious Spirit intercedes
When we’re too faint to cry
Divine and Triune pleading
Your own transcendent sigh
Loving, yea predestinating
First called then justified
Not failing in the smallest thing
Til we are glorified
You who did not spare your Son
What won’t you give us free?
For all in Him you’ve given us
Oh, give us eyes to see!
And add to all, inseparably
You bind us fast in love
Our names engraven on His hands
Til home at last above
The weak made more than conquerers
The wicked made anew
Declared as saints in Christ alone
Dear Lord – all praise to you.