Hymn of the day – Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken (John Newton)

Today we had several heavy rain showers (it is approaching winter here in Australia, so the weather is responding accordingly), which gave way to beautiful bright sun-lit skies. I came back from our local coffee shop admiring God’s handiwork, thinking that the somber blue-grey of the stormy sky was a colour that I’d seen someplace before.

A quick search of Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings online revealed an echo of the colour and tone I was looking for in his work “The Church at Auvers” (pictured below from Wikipedia):

A few hours later, after a quick heated up lunch from left-overs, I gazed outside onto our back deck. Again the sunlight sparkled upon our rain-drenched garden and the phrase “glorious things of thee are spoken” came suddenly, and quietly, to mind.

I knew the hymn, which is one of my favourites, and have reproduced the lyrics below for your enjoyment and encouragement as well. Isn’t it lovely that the Lord blesses us with food for our souls on even the most downcast of days weather-wise?

As it is written:

“21 This I recall to my mind,
therefore have I hope.
22 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed,
because his compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning:
great is thy faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:21-23)

Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken

Glorious things of thee are spoken,
Zion, city of our God!
He, whose Word cannot be broken,
Formed thee for His own abode;
On the Rock of Ages founded,
What can shake thy sure repose?
With salvation’s walls surrounded,
Thou mayst smile at all thy foes.

See, the streams of living waters,
Springing from eternal love,
Well supply thy sons and daughters,
And all fear of want remove:
Who can faint while such a river
Ever flows their thirst t’ assuage?
Grace which, like the Lord, the giver,
Never fails from age to age.

Round each habitation hov’ring,
See the cloud and fire appear,
For a glory and a cov’ring,
Showing that the Lord is near;
Thus deriving from our banner
Light by night and shade by day,
Safe they feed upon the manna
Which He gives them when they pray.

Blest inhabitants of Zion,
Washed in the Redeemer’s blood!
Jesus, whom their souls rely on,
Makes them kings and priests to God;
’Tis His love His people raises
Over self to reign as kings,
And as priests, His solemn praises
Each for a thank off’ring brings.

Savior, if of Zion’s city,
I through grace a member am,
Let the world deride or pity,
I will glory in Thy name;
Fading is the worldling’s pleasure,
All his boasted pomp and show;
Solid joys and lasting treasure
None but Zion’s children know.

(By John Newton, 1779)

Christian resources that are extra special because they glorify Christ

1. Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible.
The Spirit lead me to this book while perusing the Journal for Biblical Accuracy website (also listed as one of the special resources below).

This book was written by a man who was a devout Christian: humble, merciful, careful and persevering. If some of the light that shines through from his faith rubs off on me I will die happy. 🙂


From the review site:
“First among the mighty (commentaries) for general usefulness we are bound to mention the man whose name is a household word, Matthew Henry. He is the most pious and pithy, sound and sensible, suggestive and sober, terse and trustworthy . . . he is deeply spiritual, heavenly, profitable; finding good matter in every text, and from all deducting the most practical and judicious lessons . . . It is the Christian’s companion, suitable to everybody, instructive to all.”
” Charles H. Spurgeon

2. The Journal of Biblical Accuracy website

3. My Lord is Jesus wordpress blog

John Dulleck is the author. His About page reads as below:

I have been a follower of Jesus Christ since 1980. With the grace of God, I do my best to make Him the center of my life in all things. Twenty six years ago I married my wife, a woman who could only be a gift from my Father in heaven. She is the best companion a man could wish for, and the first focus of my ministry in Christ.

The Lord has blessed us in so many ways, but first and foremost, He has blessed us with our salvation, the forgiveness of our sins, and eternal life with Him. Having received such a precious gift, one purchased with the blood of Jesus, God made flesh, how can I do less than my utmost to share God’s most precious gift with others who are in desperate need of the same?

4. I am Jesus Christ, My Works Are With Out End and My Words Will Never Cease Facebook page

Inspiring messages from this site:

Tolerance is to love people for who they are no matter what they stand for, it is not condoning their actions but it is also not casting stones at them when we ourselves are not with out sin, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself and pray for your enemies, by this shall men know that you are my disciples.

Being a disciple of Christ: It doesn’t come to any person naturally, anyone can be selfish, unloyal, lazy, dishonest, sinful and hurtful with out exhorting much effort at all, but to have Charity, to be patient, kind, to cherish, love and serve his brother takes sacrifice of ones natural self to rise above the flesh, as this process takes place we become true disciples of Jesus Christ and the Light of Christ increases in each of us.