No mortal tongue can e’er describe

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No mortal tongue can e’er describe
  The freedom of the soul,
When passed beyond all earthly bribe
  To God’s complete control.
All things are his, yes, life, and death,
  Things present or to come;
In Christ he draws in peace each breath,
  In Christ he finds his home.
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When such as we the King can choose,
  To share with Him His throne,
’Tis passing strange that we refuse
  To be our Lord’s alone.
O never speak of sacrifice!
  A privilege untold
Is to be His at any price,
  In Calv’ry’s hosts enrolled.
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Arise! the holy bargain strike—
  The fragment for the whole—
All men and all events alike
  Must serve the ransomed soul.
All things are yours when you are His,
  And He and you are one;
A boundless life in Him there is,
  And kingdom yet to come.

The last line of the last verse is originally: Whence doubt and fear are gone.

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William Jeng

Irvine, CA, United States

Never speak of sacrifice, a privilege untold!

I really enjoyed this past month that the principle of praising the Lord is a sacrifice of praises, or offering of praises. A sacrifice entails a loss, and what the Lord desires from us is actually to praise Him in our worst situations!! This is genuine praise!!


JT

Los Angeles, CA, United States

O never speak of sacrifice, a privilege untold!


Vincent Okoro

Lagos, Nigeria

Lord Jesus I love You and pray Lord that You make me one who is willing to live to You.


Rey Bulahan

Iloilo City, Iloilo, Philippines

Praise the Lord! Everything is for the Lord, even our life. Amen.


Eunice Garcia

NY, United States

"I am the Lord's..." Praise the Lord for His purpose and move in which we have been included. I'm enjoying that the church life is wonderful but we need to go on to experience the Body life... the reality of the Body for the building up of the Body of Christ. I'm sure glad that I am the Lord's but also I'm encouraged to realize God's goal is the Body built up. O dear Lord, take the steps to usher us all who are in Your recovery to experience the Body life for Your sweet rest and satisfaction... We love You dear Lord Jesus. Amen...


Gillian Hathaway

Masterton, New Zealand

How true. What freedom when we don't love our soul life or the world.


Roger Hsu

Arcadia, CA, United States

To God’s complete control.

All things are his, yes, life, and death.


Ailene Torres

Muntinlupa City, NCR

Praise Him! Though He is a King and we are nothing He still choose us. What a privilege untold.


James Juguilon Lumantas

Panabo City, Davao Del Norte, Philippines

To serve our King is not a sacrifice but it is a great privilege untold..I am happy that I am part of His economy, serving with the Body. Amen.


Chung Lam

Madisonville, Tennessee, United States

Oh, this is a great song and music. Glory to God!

To move for the Lord involves a certain cost. Moving involves not only our jobs, our businesses, our homes, our families, our schooling, and other matters but also the paying of a price. We must consider what we are on the earth for. We are here not for our job, schooling, or home but for the Lord's recovery. Therefore, it is worthwhile to pay the price to move.

The price we pay by migrating cannot compare with the Christ we will gain. When you pay one hundred dollars in order to buy a diamond that is worth one thousand dollars, you do not feel that you are paying too high a price. Likewise, if we pay the price to move for the Lord's present testimony, we will gain the unsearchably rich Christ as our everything. We may say that this is to strike a "holy bargain" (Hymns, #473).

The day of the Lord's coming back is approaching. Since the day of His return is very close, we should not waste our time seeking individualistic spirituality. Instead, we should enter into the flow of the Body of Christ. It is worthwhile to enter into this flow. By entering into the Lord's flow, we will gain Christ as our everything. Everything depends on His flow. We should not worry about our future, for it is in the Lord's hands. If we enter into His flow, He will take care of our future.

Number 473 in Hymns starts on a very basic level by encouraging us to be persons who are absolutely for God. This is good, but it is elementary. However, this hymn advances to a much higher level with a line in the third stanza which says, "He and you are one." How marvelous that we, fallen human beings, can be one with the Lord! Such a thought is surely very high. Now we need to see something even higher—that as God-men we have the divine right to participate in God's divinity.

The phrase participate in means not only to partake of but to partake of for enjoyment. It indicates that we possess something and that we enjoy what we possess. We, the God-men, have the divine right to participate not in heaven but in God's divinity. We all need to realize that we can participate in God's divinity, that is, participate in God.

We human beings were created by God for this purpose. Man was created in God's image and after His likeness (Gen. 1:26). We were created not in man's image and after man's likeness but in God's image and after God's likeness. Thus, human beings have the image and likeness of God. However, at the time of creation, man did not have God's life. But now as God-men, those who have been born of God to be children of God, we have the right to participate in what God is and even to become God in life, in nature, and in expression but not in the Godhead.

It is said that the writer of this hymn is Catherine Booth-Clibborn, the daughter of the founder of the Salvation Army.

Hymn 473 in our hymnal is wonderful. When I went back to Taiwan in October of 1984, this hymn was so sweet. We could not stop the singing of this hymn, and it stirred up many hearts. I like every line except for the last one, so we can replace "Whence doubt and fear are gone" with "And kingdom yet to come." Verse 3 refers to the holy bargain, the fragment for the whole. When we sacrifice a fragment to the Lord, we gain the whole earth! When we serve Him, everyone and everything serve us—"All men and all events alike must serve the ransomed soul" (verse 3). We all need to speak and sing this hymn again and again.

Moses esteemed the reproach of the Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt (Heb. 11:26). He made an estimation and reckoned that no matter how noble and precious the treasures of this world are, they cannot be compared with Christ. The last stanza of Hymn #473, says, Arise! the holy bargain strike—The fragment for the whole—All men and all events alike Must serve the ransomed soul. All things are yours when you are His, And He and you are one; A boundless life in Him there is, Whence doubt and fear are gone.

I hope all the working brothers and sisters would have an esteeming and would consider what is noble and what is base. I made such an esteeming sixty years ago. At that time, I was still young and was as one charging on a great and tall horse into the world, ready to make gains. It seemed as if the Lord just took one look at me, and I fell from my horse. When I fell down, I began to reckon, "Should I choose the world, or should I choose Christ?" In the end, I was very clear that Christ is the best. From that day on, I chose to have Christ.

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