Dripping with Doctrine: A Mother's Charge

Dripping with Doctrine: A Mother’s Charge

The best hymns are the ones deeply rooted in Scripture, and the one we’re going to enjoy today is one of them.  Its chorus is a direct quote from II Timothy 1:12.  Its every line points to some great truth of the Christian faith.  And its overall message is the central message of Christianity.

I ran across this particular song yesterday while reading a friend’s blog and I couldn’t help noticing that the verses are filled with a certain uncertainty, with all the things we don’t or can’t completely understand.  They’re, in the words of the writer of Proverbs (30:18), “too wonderful” to fully comprehend.  But then we arrive at the chorus and there it is.  Certainty.  Confidence.  Resolve.  And each of these things, the certainty, the confidence and the resolve is present because the chorus is rooted in the unchangeable, eternal, sovereign God who does ALL things well.

As I read over the story behind the words (http://tiny.cc/sx31jw), I was both encouraged and blessed as the author listed all the doctrines that are embedded in this song:  the doctrine of soteriology (salvation), the doctrine of pneumatology (Holy Spirit), the doctrine of harmitology (sin), the doctrine of eschatology (last things) and the overarching theme, the doctrine of grace.  Five short stanzas.  And within those five short stanzas,  a world of spiritual teaching and training.

Mama, are you wondering how to “fit in” all the teaching and training your children will need to journey through this life?  Teach them songs that are dripping with doctrine, like this one.  When you’re riding together in the car, SING!  When you sit at your table, pray a psalm.  There is beauty and there is glory (not to mention joy) when voices raise in humble adoration of their King.

 

I KNOW WHOM I HAVE BELIEVED

I know not why God’s wondrous grace
To me He hath made known,
Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love
Redeemed me for His own.
But I know whom I have believèd,
And am persuaded that He is able
To keep that which I’ve committed
Unto Him against that day.
I know not how this saving faith
To me He did impart,
Nor how believing in His Word
Wrought peace within my heart.
But I know whom I have believèd,
And am persuaded that He is able
To keep that which I’ve committed
Unto Him against that day.
I know not how the Spirit moves,
Convincing us of sin,
Revealing Jesus through the Word,
Creating faith in Him.
But I know whom I have believèd,
And am persuaded that He is able
To keep that which I’ve committed
Unto Him against that day.
I know not what of good or ill
May be reserved for me,
Of weary ways or golden days,
Before His face I see.
But I know whom I have believèd,
And am persuaded that He is able
To keep that which I’ve committed
Unto Him against that day.
I know not when my Lord may come,
At night or noonday fair,
Nor if I walk the vale with Him,
Or meet Him in the air.
But I know whom I have believèd,
And am persuaded that He is able
To keep that which I’ve committed
Unto Him against that day.