Gospel Centered Encouragement from Augustus Toplady

ImageNo practice that I am aware of more effectively serves the soul like frequently reciting gospel themes to yourself.  This is often called, “Preaching the gospel to yourself”.  Throughout Scripture, examples are given of believers “singing” their theology.    This is a long-forgotten hymn written by Augustus Toplady, who gave us “Rock of Ages”.  The text of this song has encouraged my heart.  I’m certain it will yours as well:

From whence this fear and unbelief,
If God, my Father, put to grief
His spotless Son for me?
Can He, the righteous Judge of men,
Condemn me for that debt of sin
Which, Lord, was charged to Thee?

Complete atonement Thou hast made,
And to the utmost farthing paid
Whate’er Thy people owed;
How, then, can wrath on me take place,
If sheltered in God’s righteousness,
And sprinkled by Thy blood?

If Thou hast my discharge procured,
And freely in my place endured
The whole of wrath divine;
Payment He’ll not twice demand,
First at my bleeding Surety’s hand,
And then again at mine.

Turn then, my soul, unto thy rest;
The merits of thy great High Priest
Speak peace and liberty;
Trust in His efficacious blood,
Nor fear thy banishment from God,
Since Jesus died for thee.