Father, long before creation

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Father, long before creation,
  Thou hadst chosen us in love;
And that love, so deep, so moving,
  Draws us close to Christ above,
And will keep us, and will keep us,
  Firmly fixed in Christ alone,
  Firmly fixed in Christ alone.
2
Though the world may change its fashion,
  Yet our God is e’er the same;
His compassion and His cov’nant
  Through all ages will remain.
God’s own children, God’s own children,
  Must forever praise His name,
  Must forever praise His name.
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God’s compassion is my story,
  Is my boasting all the day;
Mercy free and never failing
  Moves my will, directs my way.
God so loved us, God so loved us,
  That His only Son He gave,
  That His only Son He gave.
4
Loving Father, now before Thee
  We will ever praise Thy love;
And our song will sound unceasing
  Till we meet Thy Son above,
Giving glory, giving glory,
  To our God and to the Lamb,
  To our God and to the Lamb.
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Kelly Kalaidjian

Auckland, New Zealand

God's own children must forever praise His name. This song reminds me to praise the Lord. The Lord has won the victory. We just need to praise Him. By praising Him we uplift our eyes on Him from ourselves and our situations.


Lydia

Auckland, New Zealand

God so loved us, God so loved US,

That His only Son He gave!

Hallelujah!


J & A

Auckland, New Zealand

Thank you Father for your choosing us in Christ long before creation to be holy and without blemish before Him in love! Thank you loving Father that your selection was carried out in Christ in love! Glory be to God and to the Lamb!

Ephesians 1:4 Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blemish before Him in love,


Jeffrey Wang

Auckland, New Zealand

Praise the Father God for His Love!


Lilo Xu

Auckland, New Zealand

Praise the Father! He chose us in love in Christ. the Father is faithful to draw us closer to Christ, and to keep us firmly in Christ. All glory to our God and to the Lamb!!!


Hal Flora

West Richland, Washington, United States

Praise His name


Anitha Nokku

Santa Ana, California, United States

Giving glory, giving glory,

To our God and to the Lamb.


Bah Kia Ahmad

Kampar, Perak, Malaysia

Amen.. Praise The Lord


Joshua

Singapore

Amen


Maeriehl Joy

Philippines

Ephesians 2:4 says "But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us"

According to the footnote, the love with which God loved us is an abundantly great love from which the richness of His mercy comes. This mercy reaches farther than His love. His mercy saves us from our pitiful condition of deadness in offenses and sins and brings us back to a condition which is suitable for His love. Hence, we are not consumed because we have been shown mercy!

Amen! Abba Father, we praise You and adore You for Your mercies are free and never failing! Only Your compassion is our story and our boasting!

The fifth step is the turning. For example, after the remembrance of the Lord, we need to turn to worship the Father. Sometimes the Lord's table has not reached the point of worshipping the Father, but a brother selects Hymns, #33; sometimes a brother selects Hymns, #101 immediately after the bread and the cup have been passed. Both are inappropriate. Hence, there is the need of a sixth step for correction. Sometimes a meeting may be quite long. For example, when a great number of saints gather together, it may take a longer time for the bread and the cup to be passed. If this is the case, there may be the need to maintain the spirit through a hymn or some prayers. This is the seventh step, maintaining the spirit for the meeting. Even though we use hymns and prayers to maintain the spirit, there may still be the need to fill up the time with more prayers and singing. This is the eighth step. Then toward the end of the meeting comes the ninth step to sing a concluding hymn. Sometimes even though the meeting has ended, there is still a lingering air; thus, we may select another hymn to send the saints off. This is the tenth step. This can be compared to sending off a friend who has visited you by walking a distance with him.