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Summary: Depicts the joy of worship.

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HYMNS THAT DEMAND WORSHIP!

SERMON #7

By Ivan G. Casteel

HE HIDETH MY SOUL!

Psalm 27:5; 1 Cor. 10:4

Ps 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

1Co 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. (KJV)

A wonderful Saviour is Jesus my Lord,

A wonderful Saviour to me,

He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock,

Where rivers of pleasure I see.

A wonderful Saviour is Jesus my Lord,

He taketh my burden away,

He holdeth me up, and I shall not be moved,

He giveth me strength as my day.

With numberless blessings each moment He crowns,

And filled with His fullness divine,

I sing in my rapture, O Glory to God

For such a Redeemer as mine!

When clothed in His brightness, transported, I rise

To meet Him in clouds of the sky,

His perfect salvation, His wonderful love,

I’ll shout with the millions on high.

He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock

That shadows a dry, thirsty land;

He hideth my life in the depths of His love,

And covers me there with His hand,

And covers me there with His hand.

(His hand is Jesus Christ)

INTRODUCTION: This is one of the many great Fanny J. Crosby hymns. She wrote so many great songs about praise and glory for the Lord. Usually when I read the words to her hymns it brings tears to my eyes, and joy to my soul.

There are some hymns that demand worship. This is one of those hymns. It just causes one to realize what we have in Jesus Christ the Lord. It makes me envision who Jesus really is. I can see Him in all of His glory and my soul is magnified with the awareness of Him, and yet so many churches are leaving the worship through hymns for the contemporary substitute. Those that are saved in the contemporary churches will realize when they get to heaven and the singing that will take place around the throne of God for all eternity. Many of them won’t even know the songs.

Today I want to talk to you about a very comforting message in one of the all time great hymns. HE HIDETH MY SOUL!

I. FIRST STANZA.

A wonderful Saviour is Jesus my Lord,

A wonderful Saviour to me,

He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock,

Where rivers of pleasure I see.

A. It Describes The Person Of The Lord. A wonderful Saviour is Jesus my Lord,

1. It describes Him as a wonderful Savior. Is He wonderful to you? If you know Him in the free pardon of sin and forgiveness you will answer affirmative.

2. Isaiah also described Him as Wonderful. Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (KJV)

He is wonderful because He is the Lamb of God.

Wonderful describes who He is.

Wonderful describes what He is.

He is wonderful. He is wonderful because He, being God, can place himself in the life of a human being. That happened to me in April 1952. A country boy from Eastern Oklahoma repented of my sin toward God and asked Him to save me and forgive me. He did, and that’s a wonder that cannot be explained by any definition.

B. It Positions The Sinner In The Lord. A wonderful Saviour to me,

“Christ in me” - makes me a Christian.

1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. (KJV)

Ro 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Ro 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

Ro 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Ro 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (KJV)

There are a very few born again folks who really understand what we have by being “In Christ.”

C. It Pronounces The Security In Christ. He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock,

This speaks of the high altitude of the mountains. The rocks are cleft or split, and in that cleft there is safety from all the storms of life, as well as the wiles of the devil. He has taken us and hidden us in the highest of highest. Satan cannot reclaim anyone from that place of security.

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