Thus electing love chose a persecutor; almighty grace made him a penitent; the Holy Spirit made him a believer, and by divine authority he became a minister and an apostle. Grace works miracles.
Lo Satan trembles and gives place
Before the Spirit’s might!
The power of efficacious grace
Puts all his hosts to flight.
His kingdom falls, his spells and charms
By Jesus are o’erthrown,
The Spirit wields victorious arms,
And holds the field alone.
Ah, Grace! into unlikeliest hearts
It is thy boast to come;
The glory of thy light to find
In darkest spots a home.
Thy choice, O God of goodness! then
We lovingly adore;
Oh, give us grace to keep thy grace,
And grace to long for more!
They who feed thy sick and faint
For thyself a banquet find;
They who clothe the naked saint
Round thy loins the raiment bind.
Thou wilt deeds of love repay;
Grace shall gen’rous hearts reward
Here on earth, and in the day
When they meet their reigning Lord.
O Spirit of the Lord, prepare
All the round earth her God to meet;
Breathe thou abroad like morning air,
Till hearts of stone begin to beat.
Baptize the nations far and nigh;
The triumphs of the cross record:
The name of Jesus glorify,
Till every kindred call him Lord.
Come, guilty souls, and flee away
Like doves to Jesu’s wounds;
This is the welcome gospel-day,
Wherein free grace abounds.
God loved the church, and gave his Son
To drink the cup of wrath:
And Jesus says he’ll cast out none
That come to him by faith.
Fly abroad, thou mighty Gospel,
Win and conquer, never cease;
May thy lasting, wide dominion
Multiply, and still increase.
Sway thy sceptre,
Saviour, all the world around.
When he first the work begun,
Small and feeble was his day:
Now the word doth swiftly run,
Now it wins its widening way:
More and more it spreads and grows,
Ever mighty to prevail;
Sin’s strongholds it now o’erthrows,
Shakes the trembling gates of hell.
From Greenland’s icy mountains,
From India’s coral strand,
Where Afric’s sunny fountains
Roll down their golden sand;
From many an ancient river,
From many a palmy plain,
They call us to deliver
Their land from error’s chain.
To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
One God, whom we adore,
Be glory as it was, is now,
And shall be evermore.