Lord, I was blind! I could not see
In Thy marred visage any grace;
But now the beauty of Thy face
In radiant vision dawns on me.
Lord, I was deaf! I could not hear
The thrilling music of Thy voice;
But now I hear Thee and rejoice,
And all Thine uttered words are dear.
Lord, I was dumb! I could not speak
The grace and glory of Thy Name;
But now, as touched with living flame,
My lips Thine eager praises wake.
Lord, I was dead! I could not stir
My lifeless soul to come to Thee;
But now since Thou hast quickened me,
I rise from sin’s dark sepulchre.
Lord, Thou hast made the blind to see,
The deaf to hear, the dumb to speak,
The dead to live; and lo, I break
The chains of my captivity!
~ William Tidd Matson
Notes from John Piper’s message “Don’t Waste Your Life”, featured at Ligonier Minstries’ 2011 National Conference:
The three discoveries that define an unwasted life:
- THERE IS A GREAT AND HOLY GOD WHO INTENDS TO BE KNOWN TRULY AND TREASURED DULY. “What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?” Romans 9:22
- I WAS A CHILD OF WRATH, BUT CHRIST HAS MADE ME A CHILD OF GOD, THEREBY ENABLING ME TO BRING GLORY TO HIS NAME. “… who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began…” 2 Timothy 1:9
- THE LIFE THAT EXALTS THE GLORY OF GOD WILL DEMONSTRATE JOYFUL SUFFERING IN THE SERVICE OF LOVE. “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven …” Matthew 5:11