Why “Barking Dog”?

barking dogSeveral friends asked me why I use “barking dog” as my nickname for my profile in the Facebook, MSN, etc.

Just as the profile picture suggests, the idea is taken from Ecclesiastes 9:4 and Isaiah 56:10-11.

God expects pastors to be the barking dogs of their churches. They must bark at every strange, unbiblical doctrine and practice that enter God’s house.

God contemptuously calls some pastors “greedy dogs!” These are pastors who do not sound out warnings against sin and falsehood. These men are greedy men who care more for their own selves than the souls of men under their charge. They let men perish in their sins.

I am a preacher, by the will of God; and I pray that nothing deters or hinders me from this great honour that He has placed upon me. I count it my greatest honour to declare God’s truth to warn His people against everything that lures them away from His glorious truth and holiness. Nothing is more important to me than fulfilling my God-given duty to warn people against sin and error that they may walk in His grace and truth.  So help me God.

20 Famous Hymns with “Grace” in Them

amazing grace 2Below you will find stanzas taken from 20 famous hymns.

Each of those stanzas refers to God’s grace.

Can you guess what the titles of the corresponding hymns are?

The titles of the hymns can be found at the end of this article.

1

Ye chosen seed of Israel’s race,

Ye ransomed from the fall;

Hail Him who saves you by His grace,

And crown Him Lord of all.

Hail Him who saves you by His grace,

And crown Him Lord of all.

…………………………………….

2

Come Thou Fount of ev’ry blessing,

Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;

Streams of mercy, never ceasing,

Call for songs of loudest praise.

Teach me some melodious sonnet

Sung by flaming tongues above;

Praise the mount—I’m fixed upon it—

Mount of Thy redeeming love.

O to grace how great a debtor

Daily I’m constrained to be!

Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,

Bind my wand’ring heart to Thee.

Prone to wander—Lord, I feel it—

Prone to leave the God I love;

Here’s my heart—O take and seal it,

Seal it for Thy courts above.

…………………………………….

3

Was it for crimes that I had done

He groaned upon the tree?

Amazing pity, grace unknown,

And love beyond degree!

…………………………………….

4

For nothing good have I

Whereby Thy grace to claim;

I’ll wash my garments white

In the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb.

…………………………………….

5

Silent night, holy night,

Son of God, love’s pure light

Radiant beams from Thy holy face,

With the dawn of redeeming grace,

Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth,

Jesus, Lord at Thy birth.

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6

Lead on, O King eternal,

The day of march has come;

Henceforth in fields of conquest

Thy tents shall be our home:

Thro’ days of preparation

Thy grace has made us strong,

And now, O King Eternal,

We lift our battle song.

…………………………………….

7

O for a thousand tongues to sing

My great Redeemer’s praise,

The glories of my God and King,

The triumphs of His grace.

…………………………………….

8

Elect from ev’ry nation,

Yet one o’er all the earth,

Her charter of salvation,

One Lord, one faith, one birth;

One holy name she blesses,

Partakes one holy food,

And to one hope she presses,

With ev’ry grace endued.

…………………………………….

9

I know not why God’s wondrous grace

To me He hath made known,

Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love

Redeemed me for His own.

…………………………………….

10

O tell of His might, O Sing of His grace,

Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space!

His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,

And dark is His path on the wings of the storm.

…………………………………….

11

Chorus: Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!

How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er!

Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!

O for grace to trust Him more!

…………………………………….

12

He rules the world with truth and grace,

And makes the nations prove

The glories of His righteousness,

And wonders of His love,

And wonders of His love,

And wonders, and wonders of His love.

…………………………………….

13

Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!

Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!

Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary!

Chorus: Mercy there was great, and grace was free;

Pardon there was multiplied to me;

There my burdened soul found liberty At Calvary.

…………………………………….

14

‘When thro’ fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,

My grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply;

The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design

Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.

…………………………………….

15

He left His Father’s throne above,

So free, so infinite His grace!

Emptied Himself of all but love,

And bled for Adam’s helpless race!

’Tis mercy all, immense and free,

For, O my God, it found out me.

…………………………………….

16

Come, Almighty to deliver,

Let us all Thy grace receive;

Suddenly return, and never,

Nevermore Thy temples leave.

Thee we would be always blessing,

Serve Thee as Thy host above,

Pray, and praise Thee without ceasing,

Glory in Thy perfect love.

…………………………………….

17

With humble hearts we bow in adoration

Before this Child, gift of God’s matchless love,

Sent from on high to purchase our salvation—

That we might dwell with Him ever above.

What grace untold—to leave the bliss of glory

And die for sinners guilty and forlorn:

Fall on your knees! repeat the wondrous story!

…………………………………….

18

Thou hast promised to receive us,

Poor and sinful though we be;

Thou hast mercy to relieve us,

Grace to cleanse, and pow’r to free:

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,

Early let us turn to Thee;

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,

Early let us turn to Thee.

…………………………………….

19

All the way my Savior leads me;

Cheers each winding path I tread,

Gives me grace for ev’ry trial,

Feeds me with the living bread;

Tho’ my weary steps may falter,

and my soul athirst may be,

Gushing from the Rock before me,

Lo! a spring of joy I see;

Gushing from the Rock before me,

Lo! a spring of joy I see.

…………………………………….

20

In loving kindness Jesus came,

My soul in mercy to reclaim,

And from the depths of sin and shame

Thro’ grace He lifted me.

…………………………………….

The above stanzas are from the following hymns

  1. All Hail the Power
  2. Come, Thou Fount
  3. At the Cross
  4. Jesus Paid It All
  5. Silent Night! Holy Night!
  6. Lead On, O King Eternal
  7. O for a Thousand Tongues
  8. The Church’s One Foundation
  9. I Know Whom I have Believed
  10. O Worship the King
  11. ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
  12. Joy to the World!
  13. At Calvary
  14. How Firm a Foundation
  15. And Can It Be That I Should Gain?
  16. Love Divine
  17. O Holy Night!
  18. Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us
  19. All the Way My Savior Leads Me
  20. He Lifted Me

Grace! How Sweet the Sound!

amazing grace 1

To some, the subject of God’s grace is dull and boring. To them, grace is not glorious, but lacklustre. In their hearts, it is no more ‘amazing grace’, but ‘boring grace’!

However, the topic of grace has always excited the hearts of God’s children. All through the ages, they sang about God’s grace as amazing, wondrous, matchless, glorious, charming, etc. ‘God’s grace’ is an exhilarating theme. That’s why some of our most favourite hymns are about the grace of God.

  • John Newton’s (1725-1807) “Amazing grace”
  • Philip Doddridge’s (1720-1751) “Grace!’Tis is a Charming Sound”
  • Julia Johnston’s (1849-1919) “Grace greater than our Sin,”
  • Haldor Lillenas’ (1885-1959) “Wonderful grace of Jesus”
  • Annie Johnson Flint’s (1866-1932) “He giveth more grace”

God’s people have always been fascinated by the abundant grace that God has promised to them. I can’t express fully how enchanted I am when Christians sing those famous hymns on God’s grace, whether it be in a small or large congregation. Even when I sing alone of His grace, whether it is during my devotion or when I am suddenly gripped by the thought of the goodness of His grace in my life and ministry, I am filled with an unspeakable joy.

Just consider the chorus of Haldor’s hymn,

Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus

Deeper than the mighty rolling sea

Wonderful grace, all sufficient for me, (for even me)

Broader than the scope of my transgressions

Greater far than all my sin and shame

I wonder whether you started singing the above lines, as you were reading it!

What do you say about the grace that God has bestowed in your life?

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(God willing, in my next post, we will consider many popular hymns which refer to the grace of God. By the way, these are snippets from of my discourse on “The glory of His grace” in the recent Bible Witness Retreat.)

To the Praise of the Glory of His Grace

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