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Jehovah is not a god of sham or platitudes.

BibleGateway: Zechariah 7:1-14

ESV Text: Zechariah 7:1-14

KJV Text:

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     1 And it came to pass in the fourth year of king Darius, that the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah in the fourth day of the ninth month, even in Chisleu; 2 When they had sent unto the house of God Sherezer and Regemmelech, and their men, to pray before the LORD, 3 And to speak unto the priests which were in the house of the LORD of hosts, and to the prophets, saying, Should I weep in the fifth month, separating myself, as I have done these so many years? 4 Then came the word of the LORD of hosts unto me, saying, 5 Speak unto all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When ye fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh month, even those seventy years, did ye at all fast unto me, even to me? 6 And when ye did eat, and when ye did drink, did not ye eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves? 7 Should ye not hear the words which the LORD hath cried by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and the cities thereof round about her, when men inhabited the south and the plain?

     8 And the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah, saying, 9 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother: 10 And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart. 11 But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. 12 Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts. 13 Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the LORD of hosts: 14 But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations whom they knew not. Thus the land was desolate after them, that no man passed through nor returned: for they laid the pleasant land desolate.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 21:
Jehovah, let me Now Adore Thee

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1. Jehovah, let me now adore Thee, 
For where is there a God such, Lord, as Thou? 
With songs I fain would come before Thee; 
Oh, let Thy Holy Spirit teach me now 
To praise Thee in His name through whom alone 
Our songs can please Thee, through Thy blessed Son! 

2. O Father, draw me to my Savior 
That Thy dear Son may draw me unto Thee; 
Thy Spirit guide my whole behavior 
And rule both sense and reason thus in me 
That, Lord, Thy peace from me may ne’er depart, 
But wake sweet melodies within my heart. 

3. Grant that Thy Spirit prompt my praises, 
Then shall my singing surely please Thine ear; 
Sweet are the sounds my heart then raises, 
My prayer in truth and spirit Thou wilt hear. 
Then shall Thy Spirit raise my heart to Thee 
To sing Thee psalms of praise in high degree. 

4. For He can plead for me with sighings 
That are unspeakable to lips like mine; 
He bids me pray with earnest cryings, 
Bears witness with my soul that I am Thine, 
Joint heir with Christ, and thus may dare to say: 
O heavenly Father, hear me when I pray! 

5. When thus my heart in prayer ascendeth, 
Through Thine own Holy Spirit, unto Thee, 
Thy heart, O Father, kindly bendeth 
Its fervent love and favor unto me, 
Rejoicing my petition to fulfil 
Which I have made according to Thy will. 

6. And what Thy Spirit thus hath taught me 
To seek from Thee must needs be such a prayer 
As Thou wilt grant through Him who bought me 
And raised me up to be Thy child and heir. 
In Jesus’ name I boldly seek Thy face 
And take from Thee, my Father, grace for grace.