03 July 2010

Jeremiah 33:16

posted by Phil Johnson

This came to mind while I was preparing my sermon for tomorrow. It's one of my favorite poems, because it reflects my own testimony.


Jehovah Tsidkenu
by Robert Murray McCheyne

I once was a stranger to grace and to God,
I knew not my danger; and felt not my load;
Though friends spoke in rapture of Christ on the tree,
Jehovah Tsidkenu was nothing to me.

I oft read with pleasure, to soothe or engage,
Isaiah's wild measure and John's simple page;
But even when they pictured the blood-sprinkled tree,
Jehovah Tsidkenu seemed nothing to me.

Like tears from the daughters of Zion that roll,
I wept when the waters went over His soul,
Yet thought not that my sins had nailed to the tree
Jehovah Tsidkenu—'twas nothing to me.

When free grace awoke me by light from on high,
Then legal fears shook me, I trembled to die;
No refuge, no safety in self could I see—
Jehovah Tsidkenu my Saviour must be.

My terrors all vanished before the sweet name;
My guilty fear banished, with boldness I came
To drink at the fountain, life-giving and free—
Jehovah Tsidkenu is all things to me.

Jehovah Tsidkenu! My treasure and boast,
Jehovah Tsidkenu! I ne'er can be lost;
In Thee shall I conquer by flood and by field—
My cable, my anchor, my breastplate and shield!

Even treading the valley; the shadow of death,
This watchword shall rally my faltering breath;
For while from life's fever my God sets me free,
Jehovah Tsidkenu my death-song shall be.


Anonymous said...


Sonja said...

"Even treading the valley; the shadow of death,
This watchword shall rally my faltering breath;
For while from life's fever my God sets me free,
Jehovah Tsidkenu my death-song shall be."

For a number of years I've been praying, with others, for godly sorrow for my 87 y/o mom. It happened -- she recognized she is walking in the valley of death and realized what awaits her apart from God.

He heard. He sent His irresistable grace to her 4 days ago. She confessed and submitted. She has peace, the only kind Jesus brings.

Never read this Phil, thanks. Through tears -- God's righteousness.

DJP said...

Now there's a testimony that helps keep hope alive, Sonja. Thanks.

Matt said...

Amen! Thank you for sharing Pastor Phil.

His Grace

Anonymous said...

Do you have a place where this is actually sung. I have been looking for some online singing of this hymn

philness said...

Fever. The word fever. Interesting. A fever takes place in the colon. An imbalance in ph- potential hydrogen between acid and alkaline with acid over dominating.
An antibiotic is needed (something against life) to kill off the over abundant bad life produced by the acid. This tug of war now in the blood can only be remedied perfectly with the most simplest and natural element yet is the most natural element to over look.

Know what this element is? I'll give you a word hunt. Eclipse.

Canyon Shearer, DMin said...

Beautiful poem. And Sonja, thanks for sharing. We witnessed for Christ to an ~80 year old man the other night in the park, at first I felt it was a waste of time but there was some softening of heart by the end of the conversation. Whether they come at the first hour or the last, the gracious Foreman pays the same!

"...all the people were praising God for what had happened. For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old." - Acts 4:21-22

Gabby said...

Sonja - praise God, who is rich in mercy, for answered prayer!

Anonymous said...

I hope that people unfamiliar with the Jehovah names of God were able to connect the dots. I learned this piece from an older man -- now with the Lord -- who I can only describe as a hymnologist. It was my first introduction to the Jehovah names, this one being "The Lord our righteousness."

Nathan White said...

This poem can be sung to the tune 'My Jesus I Love Thee':

jbboren said...

Perhaps a more fitting tune for the 'high' lyrics would be 'How Firm a Foundation'...same meter.