How good is the Lord we adore

How good is the Lord we adore,
Our faithful, unchangeable Friend;
His love is as great as His pow’r
And knows neither measure nor end.
’Tis Jesus the first and the last,
Who shall guide us through all to the throne;
We’ll praise Him for all that is past,
We’ll trust Him for all that’s to come.
Ana Lara

Storrs, Connecticut, United States

Joseph Hart was born of Godly parents in London in 1712. But he turned away from the gospel. He admitted that for nine years he rebelled against God and the church. He fell into depression and shunned everyone preferring to be alone. In this sad state he went to hear preaching at the Moravian Chapel in Fetter Lane and the scripture verse was Revelation 3:10: “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. ”

It made a great impression on him and he recalls that on the way home he felt his heart melting away into “strange softness of affection which made me fling myself on my knees before God. ” He tells that at that moment all his fears were dispelled and comfort flowed into his heart that he could not put it words adequately. “The Lord, by His Spirit of Love, came with such power into my soul in blissful amazement. I cried out, ‘What, me Lord ? ’ His Spirit answered in me , ‘Yes thee! ’ I objected, ‘But I have been so unspeakably vile and wicked! ’ The answer was, ‘I pardon thee freely and fully! ’ From that moment on he threw himself into the Savior’s arms and desired to know only Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

In 1760 Joseph settled in London in charge of a work in the “Old Wooden Meetinghouse”. Here he preached to a large congregation. He suffered great affliction, but went on with the work of the Lord until his death on May, 24, 1768. In the funeral service it was said of him “He was like the laborious ox that dies with the yoke on his neck: so died he with the yoke of Christ on his neck; for ye are witnesses that he preached Christ to you, with the arrows of death sticking to him. ”