The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit
that we are children of God,
Romans 8:16

If you’ve been a part of the Pastor’s Sunday School Class, you know that we’ve been looking at the work of the Holy Spirit in salvation. Currently we’re looking at his role in our assurance. As I was thinking about this sweet doctrine (and it really is a sweet doctrine! What a lavish joy is ours to know the depths of God’s love, to know with assurance that we are loved by Him, forgiven of our sins, accepted in the Beloved, etc….! But now I’m getting carried away, so back to my point….) So as I was thinking about this sweet doctrine, I was reminded of a sermon I heard years ago by Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones on this topic where he quoted from an old Welch Hymn I’d never heard before. I was so captivated by it, that I immediately stopped the tape (yes it was that long ago!) took out pen and wrote down the words. Since then, they’ve been a comfort to me many times when I have struggled with doubt and longed to hear again the affirming words of assurance from the lips of my Savior. I share them with you in hopes that they, along with the reading of Scripture, might encourage your soul in some future time of need. If you’d like to sing them, they go really well with the tune of “Come Thou Fount”

Speak I pray Thou gentle Jesus
Oh how passing sweet Thy Word
Breathing o’er my troubled spirit
Peace that never earth affords

Tell me Thou art mine, O Savior
Grant me an assurance clear!
Banish all my dark misgivings
Still my doubtings, calm my fears

O my soul within me yearneth
Now to hear Thy voice divine!
So shall grief be gone forever
And despair no more be mine!

May the Lord grant a deeper assurance of His grace as you seek Him,
Pastor Scott