Love Constrained to Obedience ~ Hymn

Love constrained to Obedience

No strength of nature can suffice
To serve the Lord aright:
And what she has she misapplies,
For want of clearer light.

How long beneath the law I lay
In bondage and distress;
I toll’d the precept to obey,
But toil’d without success.

Then, to abstain from outward sin
Was more than I could do;
Now, if I feel its power within,
I feel I hate it too.

Then all my servile works were done
A righteousness to raise;
Now, freely chosen in the Son,
I freely choose His ways.

“What shall I do,” was then the word,
“That I may worthier grow?”
“What shall I render to the Lord?”
Is my inquiry now.

To see the law by Christ fulfilled
And hear His pardoning voice,
Changes a slave into a child,
And duty into choice.

~ William Cowper

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

8 thoughts on “Love Constrained to Obedience ~ Hymn

  1. Duty into a choice. So true!
    Good morning Ellen B. and happy Sunday!
    Where do you find all these lovely hymns? The depth of them puts our praise songs to shame…well, not all of them, but many.
    Have a beautiful Sunday.
    🙂 Cori G.

  2. What a masterpiece, hymn and photo. Hey, I’m popping in to personally invite you to do the video post thing on Tuesday. I saw on someone’s blog that you were considering it but felt insecure. I posted “how to” instructions under the button in my sidebar, if you’re interested. If not, come on over and go blog hopping tuesday!

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