Saturday, 13 April 2013

Father of Mercies, God of Love

Father of Mercies, God of Love

Like as a father upon his children has compassion
So God cares for His people, but in a much greater fashion -
For their names are engraved upon the palms of His hands, 
And, more in number than the grains in all the world's sands Are His thoughts towards them who truly are His,
For the Father of mercies and God of all comfort He is -
Bottling every tear that His beloved cry
As they are to Him the apple of His eye;
The very hairs on their heads He numbers,
And their souls' Keeper neither sleeps nor slumbers; And to all who make His Son their heart's choice
Over them with singing He will rejoice.

And God's love, like His care, is past comprehending -
Boundless, unfathomable and never ending;
But whilst no greater love in a man can be found
Than for his friends to willingly lay his life down,
Yet God commends His love as more worthy of praise,
For, whilst we were yet sinners, Christ died in our place -
Yes, though we loved Him not, yet our Father above
Loved each one of us with an everlasting love,
And with lovingkindness has drawn us to Him
Through faith in Christ, who bled and died for our sin;
For God so loved this world His only Son He gave
That whoe'er believes in Him He would eternally save.
sons and daughters 

So our Heavenly Father we now praise and laud
For making us the sons and daughters of God -
For loving us in this most wonderful way,

And for His gracious care and provision each day,
For the promised blessings from His bounteous store,
And then at His right hand, pleasures for evermore.
© Ian Caughey