What things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith. (Phil. 3:7‑9)
For this, oh may we freely count Whate’er we have but loss; The dearest object of our love, Compared with Thee, but dross.
Engrave this deeply on our hearts With an eternal pen, That we may, in some small degree, Return Thy love again.
Four thousand praised the Lord with the instruments which I made, said David, to praise therewith. And to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord, and likewise at even. (1 Chron. 23:5,30)
To Thee, O God, our hearts we raise In solemn songs of thankful praise; Thee as our God and Father own, And bow our souls before Thy throne, While here below we seek to sound Thy praise to earth’s remotest bound.
Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain. (Acts 2:23)
God … hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee. And as concerning that He raised Him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, He said on this wise, I will give You the sure mercies of David. Wherefore He saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption. (Acts 13:33‑35)
Saviour, though the world despised Thee, Though Thou here wast crucified, Yet the Father’s glory raised Thee, Lord of all creation wide.
I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb. (Rev. 12:10‑11)
What though the accuser roar Of ills that I have done! I know them well, and thousands more: Jehovah findeth none.
There, in His book, I bear More than a conqueror’s name, Of soldier, son and fellow-heir, Who fought and overcame.
The Lord did not set His love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: but because the Lord loved you, and because He would keep the oath which He had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the Lord thy God, He is God, the faithful God. (Deut. 7:7‑9)
Fixed on this ground must we remain, Though heart may fail and flesh decay; This anchor shall our souls sustain, When earth and heaven shall pass away; Mercy’s full worth we then shall prove, Loved with an everlasting love.