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The risen Lord Jesus gathers together His Church.

BibleGateway: Isaiah 49:14-21

ESV Text: Isaiah 49:14-21

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 2:37 and ends at about 4:6

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14 But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. 15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. 16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. 17 Thy children shall make haste; thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee.

     18 Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the LORD, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth. 19 For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away. 20 The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell. 21 Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where had they been?(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 462:
I Love Your Kingdom, Lord

— Organ Audio

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1. I love Thy kingdom, Lord, 
The house of Thine abode, 
The Church our blest Redeemer saved 
With His own precious blood. 

2. I love Thy Church, O God, 
Her walls before Thee stand, 
Dear as the apple of Thine eye 
And graven on Thy hand. 

3. Should I with scoffers join 
Her altars to abuse? 
No! Better far my tongue were dumb, 
My hand its skill should lose. 

4. For her my tears shall fall, 
For her my prayers ascend, 
To her my cares and toils be given 
Till toils and cares shall end. 

5. Beyond my highest joy 
I prize her heavenly ways 
Her sweet communion, solemn vows, 
Her hymns of love and praise. 

6. Jesus, Thou Friend Divine, 
Our Savior and our King, 
Thy hand from every snare and foe 
Shall great deliverance bring. 

7. Sure as Thy truth shall last, 
To Zion shall be given 
The brightest glories earth can yield 
And brighter bliss of heaven.