Today’s quote comes from a hymn originally written by Augustus Toplady in 1771, and re-worked by Greg Scheer. I’m posting the entire song, but pay special attention to the highlighted words. They emphasize Christ’s intercessory work on our behalf before the throne of God the Father in heaven:
1Awake, sweet gratitude, and sing
The ascended Saviour’s love;
Sing how he lives to carry on
His people’s cause above.
2 With cries and tears he offered up
His humble prayers below;
But with authority he asks,
Enthroned in glory now.
Awake, sweet gratitude,
awake, sweet gratitude,
and sing the ascended savior’s love.
3 For all that come to God by him,
Salvation he demands;
Points to their names upon his breast,
And spreads his wounded hands.
4 His sweet atoning sacrifice
Gives sanction to his claim:
“Father, I will that all my saints
Be with me where I am.”
5 Eternal life, at his request,
To every saint is given;
Safety on earth, and, after death,
The plenitude of heaven.
6 Founded on right, thy prayer avails;
The Father smiles on thee;
And now thou in thy kingdom art,
Dear Lord, remember me.*
Reflect upon, and rejoice in, Christ’s intercessory work on your behalf each and every day, and in light of it (in sweet gratitude and praise), seek to be an intercessor on behalf of those who are need of the mercy and grace of God in Christ.
*from Hymns for the Ascension, released 24 May 2012
(c) Greg Scheer, 2012