Love Constrained to Obedience
A couple of days ago I stumbled across this old hymn (or poem–you pick) by William Cowper. What a great poem it is. I thought I’d share it with you in case you’ve never read it or, as in my case, have read it in the past but have forgotten all about it. It is called “Love Constrained to Obedience.”
No strength of nature can sufficeTo serve the Lord aright: And what she has she misapplies, For want of clearer light.
How long beneath the law I layIn bondage and distress; I toll’d the precept to obey, But toil’d without success.
Then, to abstain from outward sinWas more than I could do; Now, if I feel its power within, I feel I hate it too.
Then all my servile works were doneA righteousness to raise; Now, freely chosen in the Son, I freely choose His ways.
“What shall I do,” was then the word,“That I may worthier grow?” “What shall I render to the Lord?” Is my inquiry now.
To see the law by Christ fulfilledAnd hear His pardoning voice, Changes a slave into a child, And duty into choice.
Incidentally, does anyone know whether you would rightly pronounce “Cowper” as “COW-per” or as “COO-per?” I’ve heard both.
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“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:1-2).
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