"The Law Commands and Makes Us Know"
by Isaac Watts, 1674-1748
THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942) p.210
1. The Law commands and makes us know
What duties to our God we owe;
But 'tis the Gospel must reveal
Where lies our strength to do his will.
2. The Law discovers guilt and sin
And shows how vile our hearts have been;
The Gospel only can express
Forgiving love and cleansing grace.
3. What curses doth the Law denounce
Against the man who fails but once!
But in the Gospel Christ appears,
Pardoning the guilt of numerous years.
4. My soul, no more attempt to draw
Thy life and comfort from the Law
Fly to the hope the Gospel gives;
The man that trusts the promise lives.
Notes from _The Lutheran Hymnal_
Text: Ps. 19:9
Author: Isaac Watts, 1709
Tune: "Old Hundredth"
1st Published in: _Genevan Psalter_,1551