In the person of Jesus of Nazareth, the true gift of God, the Lord offers humankind life, forgiveness, and blessing for all who believe in him for salvation. As Jesus promises, he offers to all who hear that living water which becomes, within each one who believes, a spring of water welling up to eternal life.
Jesus told the Samaritan woman that one day neither on a mountain in Samaria nor Jerusalem would people offer God acceptable worship. True worshipers would worship the Father in spirit and truth. It is this caliber of worship that the Father seeks from those who love him.
Help me, heavenly Father, to approach you on the basis of the kind of worship that truly glorifies you, the acceptable worship given in spirit and in truth. In Jesus’s name, amen.
On the hymn, Amazing Grace: “At the level of imagery, the poem is built around a great contrast that puts two worlds on a collision course. One is a world of sin and fallenness—not just spiritually in a sinner’s personal life, but in the whole earthly order. The vocabulary continually keeps this world of decay and misery alive in our awareness, with words like wretch, lost, blind, dangers, toils, snares, fail, cease, dissolve like snow, and refuse to shine. Set over against this lower world of unideal experience is an upper world of ideal experience, portrayed with words like grace, found, good, hope, shield and portion, joy and peace, shining as the sun. The poem thus roots us in the fallen earthly order but promises us the best that can be imagined. It is a song of hope, comfort, and confidence, with misery functioning as a foil to heighten the vision of bliss.”
~ Leland Ryken, 40 Favorite Hymns on the Christian Life: A Closer Look at Their Spiritual and Poetic Meaning. Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing, 2019. pp. 22-23.
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