My Faith Looks Up to Thee

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Volume No. 2008 Issue No. 30 Date: October 26, 2008

Publication of the BIBLE BAPTIST MINISTRY, 48 Alexie Rd, Hanover Township, PA 18706

Phone: 570.829.5216 pdmikBBM@aol.com pastormiklas@aol.com

In Romans 1:16-17 we read, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by FAITH.”

 

In Ephesians 3:11-12 we read, “According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the FAITH of him.”

 

The hymn “My Faith Looks Up to Thee” was written in 1832 by Ray Palmer. After his graduation from Yale University and while still living with the family of the lady who directed the girls’ school where he taught, Palmer wrote the text to this hymn. He had experienced a very discouraging year in which he battled illness and loneliness.

 

Two years later, while visiting in Boston, Palmer meet his friend, Lowell Mason, a well-known name in musical circles of his time. Upon seeing Ray Palmer’s text, Mason stated: “Palmer, you may live many years and do many good things, but I think you will be best-known to posterity as the author of “My Faith Looks up to Thee.” Lowell Mason then composed a melody for the hymn which he placed in a hymnal he had edited. And from that time on this musical expression has had an important place in nearly every hymnal that has been published:

 

Now, as you move through this week, reflect upon these words:

 

My faith looks up to Thee, Thou Lamb of Calvary, Savior divine!

Now hear me while I pray, take all my guilt away; O let me from this day Be wholly Thine!

 

May Thy rich grace impart Strength to my fainting heart, My zeal inspire; As

Thou hast died for me, O may my love to Thee Pure, warm and changeless be, A living fire!

 

While life’s dark maze I tread, And griefs around me spread, Be Thou my Guide;

Bid darkness turn to day, wipe sorrow’s tears away, Nor let me ever stray From Thee aside.

 

When ends life’s transient dream, When death’s cold sullen stream Shall o’er me roll;

 Blest Savior, then, in love, Fear and distrust remove; O bear me safe above, a ransomed soul!

 

It is hard to believe we are beginning our 6th year sending the Weekly SERMON. We are still humbled by the ever increasing opportunity God has given us to continually be “…able to teach others also.” Starting with 10 e-mails in October 2003, these Weekly SERMONS are being sent to college students, now some 850 missionaries around the world, military personnel, pastors, evangelists, and former members of the churches where I have had the privilege of serving. The ministry wants to be a help to believers and at the same time extend the message to others. Lord willing by the end of 2008 we will have sent out over 149,000 Weekly SERMONS. The first two books “Growing In Grace One Step at a Time” and “the Names of God” are now in the final proof reading stage and should be ready after the first of the year.

 

We do not, nor will we, charge for the Weekly SERMONS. However if these have been a blessing to you, and you can help with the cost of this endeavor for the Lord, we appreciate and thank you for your prayers and financial support. For financial accountability, we are handling all ministry funds under the Green Street Baptist Chapel, 25 Green Street, Edwardsville, PA 18706. (Mailing address: Bible Baptist Ministry, 48 Alexie Rd, Hanover Township 18706) Checks made out to Green Street Baptist Chapel with a memo to Bible Baptist Ministry will be tax deductible for you and placed in to the account for this ministry. 

 

In His Amazing Grace,
Pastor David Miklas
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