ROOTED - Thursday, June 6, 2024

1 Corinthians 6:13
The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.


Isaac Watts (1674-1748) is called the “Father of English Hymnody.” He is accredited with writing 750 hymns. He was an English Theologian, song writer, and minister. While some of the (mostly German) Reformers were writing “modern” hymns in German) a couple centuries before, Watts was the first to write well-written English hymns. Famously, in a church service he complained of the poorly written and poorly performed English hymns to his father saying, “The singing of God’s praise is the part of worship highest heaven, and its performance among us is the worst on earth.” His father, aggravated, responded, “Give us something better, young man!” And he did! He has left a several-hundred-year legacy of great English hymns.
One of my favorites is When I Survey the Wondrous Cross. Two verses, gloriously remind us:
 Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.
See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Lord, we remember today the hymn writers of old who have pointed our worship to you and the blood of Christ. May the Lord bless those today who write for future generations.