289. The Law Commands and Makes Us Know

1 The Law commands and makes us know
What duties to our God we owe;
But 'tis the Gospel must reveal
Where lies our strength to do His will.

2 The Law discovers guilt and sin
And shows how vile our hearts have been;
The Gospel only can express
Forgiving love and cleansing grace.

3 What curses doth the Law denounce
Against the man that fails but once!
But in the Gospel Christ appears,
Pard'ning the guilt of num'rous years.

4 My soul, no more attempt to draw
Thy life and comfort from the Law.
Fly to the hope the Gospel gives;
The man that trusts the promise lives.

Amen.

Text Information
First Line: The Law commands, and makes us know
Title: The Law Commands and Makes Us Know
Author: Isaac Watts (1709)
Meter: L.M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1941
Scripture:
Topic: The Word: Law and Gospel
Tune Information
Name: OLD HUNDREDTH
Meter: L.M.
Key: G Major
Source: "Genevan Psalter," 1551



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