Et Cetera

Defy Satan

Sometimes, when you see so much suffering all around you, you need to defy the Devil.  Not flippantly, as St. Michael the Archangel and St. Jude teach us, but nonetheless boldly, fleshing out “the Lord rebuke thee” with when, where, and how.

This can be done through singing hymns.

The hymn I have in mind, which is increasingly a favorite of mine, is called “God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It.”  Based solidly on Galatians 3:27-4:7, it is by Erdmann Neumeister (1671-1756).  You can hear it here, and you can hear a rich explanation of it by Pastor Will Weedon here from a broadcast of Issues, Etc.

God’s own child, I gladly say it:
I am baptized into Christ!
He, because I could not pay it,
Gave my full redemption price.
Do I need earth’s treasures many?
I have one worth more than any
That brought me salvation free
Lasting to eternity!

Sin, disturb my soul no longer:
I am baptized into Christ!
I have comfort even stronger:
Jesus’ cleansing sacrifice.
Should a guilty conscience seize me
Since my Baptism did release me
In a dear forgiving flood,
Sprinkling me with Jesus’ blood!

Satan, hear this proclamation:
I am baptized into Christ!
Drop your ugly accusation,
I am not so soon enticed.
Now that to the font I’ve traveled,
All your might has come unraveled,
And, against your tyranny,
God, my Lord, unites with me!

Death, you cannot end my gladness:
I am baptized into Christ!
When I die, I leave all sadness
To inherit paradise!
Though I lie in dust and ashes
Faith’s assurance brightly flashes:
Baptism has the strength divine
To make life immortal mine.

There is nothing worth comparing
To this lifelong comfort sure!
Open-eyed my grave is staring:
Even there I’ll sleep secure.
Though my flesh awaits its raising,
Still my soul continues praising:
I am baptized into Christ;
I’m a child of paradise!

One Comment

  • Katy

    Favorite hymn in our house, especially when Dad plays it fast on the piano. My favorite line is “open-eyed my grave is staring, even there I’ll sleep secure.” Beautiful poetry! Thanks for the post.

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