O What Crowds of Pitiable Objects!
“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence–
so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need!”
What heart can conceive, or tongue recount–
the daily, hourly triumphs of the Lord Jesus Christ’s all conquering grace?
We see scarcely a millionth part of what He, as a King on His throne, is daily doing.
What a crowd of needy petitioners every moment surrounds His throne!
What urgent needs and woes to answer!
What cutting griefs and sorrows to assuage!
What broken hearts to bind up!
What wounded consciences to heal!
What countless prayers to hear!
What earnest petitions to grant!
What stubborn foes to subdue!
What guilty fears to quell!
does this Almighty Sovereign display!
No circumstance is too trifling;
no petitioner too insignificant;
no case too hard;
no difficulty too great;
no seeker too importunate;
no beggar too ragged;
no bankrupt too penniless;
no debtor too insolvent,
for Him not to notice and not to relieve.
Sitting on His throne of grace . . .
His all seeing eye views all,
His almighty hand grasps all,
and His loving heart embraces all whom the
Father chose–whom He himself redeemed by
His blood–and whom the blessed Spirit has
quickened into life by His invincible power!
the outcasts whom no man cares for;
the tempest-tossed and not comforted;
the ready to perish;
the mourners in Zion;
the bereaved widow;
the wailing orphan;
the sick in body;
the still more sick in heart;
the racked with hourly pain;
the wrestler with death’s last struggle.
O what crowds of pitiable objects
surround His throne–and all needing . . .
a look from His eye,
a word from His lips,
a smile from His face,
a touch from His hand!
O could we but see what His grace is–what His grace has–
what His grace does–and could we but feel more what it is doing in and for ourselves,
we would have more exalted views of the reign of
grace now exercised on high, by Zion’s enthroned King!
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(J. C. Philpot, “Daily Portions”)
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