02/05/2007

Thy throne shall never pass away

One of the thrills of being in a church that is both charismatic and reformed, is the older members who have such a rich heritage of hymns. Again and again, these hymns are a reminder that the glorious expectation of Christ's kingdom increasing was a hope that was carried with faith by our spiritual forefathers - which we need to carry today!

Last night in the prayer meeting, my fellow leader, a retired pastor, closed with the hymn The Day Thou gavest, Lord, is ended.

I had sung it before, years and years ago and it had disappeared into the realms of those hymns which had passed into disuse. But last night it came with fresh fire, the last verse bursting out with faith:

So be it, Lord! Thy throne shall never,
Like earth's proud empires, pass away;
Thy kingdom stands, and grows for ever,
Till all Thy creatures own Thy sway.

Thy kingdom stands, and grows for ever! That's the promise of His Word - "Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end" (Isaiah 9v7). Glorious!

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