03 February, 2006

Ho, Everyone That Thirsteth

The Free Gospel Call
by Ralph Erskine (1685-1752)
from Isa. 55:1-3

"Ho, every thirsty soul, and all
That poor and needy are,
Here's water of salvation's well
For you to come and share.

Here's freedom from sin and woe,
And blessings all divine,
Here streams of love and mercy flow,
Like floods of milk and wine.

Approach the fountain head of bliss,
That's open like the sea,
The buyers that are moneyless,
To poorest beggars free.

Why spend you all your wealth and pains,
For that which is not bread,
And for unsatisfying gains,
On which no soul can feed ?

While vain ye seek with earthly toys,
To fill an empty mind,
You lose immortal solid joys,
And feed upon the wind.

Incline your ear, and come to me;
Hear and your soul shall live:
For mercies sure as well as free,
I bind myself to give."

4 comments:

Nate said...

I thought that the free offer of the Gospel theme could continue by this versification of the classic Isaiah text.

Joe Schelling said...

A great reminder that the Gospel flies in the face of post-modern and even post-Christian thinking.

Christ gives us everything we need. After many years of wasted time searching for "something", this is a good testimony of what I was searching for.

Ellie said...

It's amazing!!!!!

Droll Flood said...

Concerning the phrase 'Free Offer':
I think I am kicking big time against the pricks here:
I don't get this 'free offer' phrase. I see it more as a command to come/ repent. Surely, those who come partake of the benefits of being with Christ, those benefits are only for them to enjoy in Christ's grace. Though there surely is the command to proclaim to 'all creatures'.

Then, of course, we run into analogies of invitations to feasts, but we run into the reaction of the person inviting and pick up a sense of obligation to going to the feast.
"...I have to check out a field I just bought...I have a pair of oxen to try out...I just got married...
...or I feel I'm unable to go to the feast...or I doubt that I would be accepted by him who told me to come."

-"He that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out." Right on, Mr. Bunyan.