Wednesday’s Vespers Service

Wednesday night at the Ligonier Pastor’s Conference featured a worship service at St. Andrews Church in Sanford, FL. This is the church which R.C. Sproul serves as pastor. The service was a wonderful God-centered celebration. Our evening of worship together culminated in a sermon by Derek Thomas on our adoption as sons from Galatians 4:1-7. It was one of the most powerful sermons which I’ve ever heard. I highly recommend obtaining the audio of this message from Ligonier Ministries. The text of a nearly identical sermon preached by Derek Thomas at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MS is available online by clicking here. Near the end of the sermon, Dr. Thomas quotes from a hymn written by Anne R. Cousin titled “O Christ, What Burdens Bowed Thy Head.” This hymn highlights the cost of our adoption which was payed by our Savior. Below is the text of that hymn:

O Christ, what burdens bowed Thy head!
Our load was laid on Thee;
Thou stoodest in the sinner’s stead,
Didst bear all ill for me.
A Victim led, Thy blood was shed;
Now there’s no load for me.

Death and the curse were in our cup:
O Christ, ’twas full for Thee;
But Thou hast drained the last dark drop,
’Tis empty now for me.
That bitter cup, love drank it up;
Now blessing’s draught for me.

Jehovah lifted up His rod;
O Christ, it fell on Thee!
Thou wast sore stricken of Thy God;
There’s not one stroke for me.
Thy tears, Thy blood, beneath it flowed;
Thy bruising healeth me.

The tempest’s awful voice was heard,
O Christ, it broke on Thee!
Thy open bosom was my ward,
It braved the storm for me.
Thy form was scarred, Thy visage marred;
Now cloudless peace for me.

Jehovah bade His sword awake;
O Christ, it woke ’gainst Thee!
Thy blood the flaming blade must slake;
Thine heart its sheath must be;
All for my sake, my peace to make;
Now sleeps that sword for me.

For me, Lord Jesus, Thou hast died,
And I have died in Thee!
Thou’rt ris’n—my hands are all untied,
And now Thou liv’st in me.
When purified, made white and tried,
Thy glory then for me!


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