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Christmas is just around the corner, but in this Psalm we remember that Jesus was born to die.

BibleGateway: Psalm 22:1-11

ESV Text: Psalm 22:1-11

KJV Text:

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     1 To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? 2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. 3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. 4 Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. 5 They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded. 6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. 7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, 8 He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. 9 But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts. 10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly.

     11 Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 143:
O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken

— Organ Audio

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1. O dearest Jesus, what law hast thou broken 
That such sharp sentence should on Thee be spoken? 
Of what great crime hast Thou to make confession, – 
What dark transgression? 

2. They crown Thy head with thorns, they smite, they scourge
With cruel mockings to the cross they urge Thee; 
They give Thee gall to drink, they still decry Thee; 
They crucify Thee. 

3. Whence come these sorrows, whence this mortal anguish? 
It is my sins for which Thou, Lord, must languish; 
Yea, all the wrath, the woe, Thou dost inherit, 
This I do merit. 

4. What punishment so strange is suffered yonder! 
The Shepherd dies for sheep that loved to wander; 
The Master pays the debt His servants owe Him, 
Who would not know Him. 

5. The sinless Son of God must die in sadness; 
The sinful child of man may live in gladness; 
Man forfeited his life and is acquitted, – 
God is committed. 

6. There was no spot in me by sin untainted; 
Sick with sin’s poison, all my heart had fainted; 
My heavy guilt to hell had well-nigh brought me, 
Such woe it wrought me. 

7. O wondrous love, whose depth no heart hath sounded, 
That brought Thee here, by foes and thieves surrounded! 
All worldly pleasures, heedless, I was trying 
While Thou wert dying. 

8. O mighty King, no time can dim Thy glory! 
How shall I spread abroad Thy wondrous story? 
How shall I find some worthy gifts to proffer? 
What dare I offer? 

9. For vainly doth our human wisdom ponder, – 
Thy woes, Thy mercy, still transcend our wonder. 
Oh, how should I do aught that could delight Thee! 
Can I requite Thee? 

10. Yet unrequited, Lord, I would not leave Thee; 
I will renounce whate’er doth vex or grieve Thee 
And quench with thoughts of Thee and prayers most lowly 
All fires unholy. 

11. But since my strength will nevermore suffice me 
To crucify desires that still entice me, 
To all good deeds, oh, let Thy Spirit win me 
And reign within me! 

12. I’ll think upon Thy mercy without ceasing, 
That earth’s vain joys to me no more be pleasing; 
To do Thy will shall be my sole endeavor 
Henceforth forever. 

13. Whate’er of earthly good this life may grant me, 
I’ll risk for Thee; no shame, no cross, shall daunt me; 
I shall not fear what man can do to harm me 
Nor death alarm me. 

14. But worthless is my sacrifice, I own it; 
Yet, Lord, for love’s sake Thou wilt not disown it; 
Thou wilt accept my gift in Thy great meekness 
Nor shame my weakness. 

15. And when, dear Lord, before Thy throne in heaven 
To me the crown of joy at last is given, 
Where sweetest hymns Thy saints forever raise Thee, 
I, too, shall praise Thee.