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Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthroned

Old Paths Baptist Mission © 2013 Richard St.James

Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthroned

Words by Samuel Stennett, 1727-1795

Music by Thomas Hastings, 1784-1872

JDM Music © 2013 - Deborah Martin

1. To Christ, the Lord, let ev’ry tongueMajestic Sweetness - Samuel Stennett
Its noblest tribute bring:
When he’s the subject of the song,
Who can refuse to sing!
Who can refuse to sing!

2. Survey the beauties of his face,
And on his glories dwell;
Think of the wonders of his grace,
And all his triumphs tell,
And all his triumphs tell.

3. Majestic sweetness sits enthroned
Upon his awful brow;
His head with radiant glories crowned,
His lips with grace o’erflow,
His lips with grace o’erflow.

4. No mortal can with him compare,
Among the sons of men:
Fairer he is than all the fair
That fill the heav’nly train,
That fill the heav’nly train.

5. He saw me plunged in deep distress,
He flew to my relief;
For me he bore the shameful cross,
And carried all my grief,
And carried all my grief.

6. [His hand a thousand blessings pours
Upon my guilty head;
His presence gilds my darkest hours,
And guards my sleeping bed,
And guards my sleeping bed.

7. To him I owe my life, and breath,
And all the joys I have:
He makes me triumph over death,
And saves me from the grave,
And saves me from the grave.]

8. To heav’n, the place of his abode,
He brings my weary feet;
Shows me the glories of my God,
And makes my joys complete,
And makes my joys complete.

9. Since from his bounty I receive
Such proofs of love divine,
Had I a thousand hearts to give,
Lord, they should all be thine!
Lord, they should all be thine!

Words by Samuel Stennett, Music by Thomas Hastings,

Born: June 1, 1727, Exeter, England

Died: August 24, 1795, London, England.  

Buried: London, England.

Dr. Samuel Stennett was born in Exeter, in 1727. Sammuel Stennett

He was converted and was baptized when young. Like his father he was a man of superior talents and great erudition. Ivimey says:

“His proficiency in Greek, Latin and Oriental tongues and extensive acquaintance with sacred literature, are so abundantly displayed in his valuable works that they cannot fail to establish his reputation for learning and genius.

Dr. Samuel Stennett was a hymn writer of note. He wrote the beautiful and well known hymn, “Majestic sweetness sits enthroned upon the Saviour’s brow;” also “On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand.”

Can you see the majestic sweetness that sits enthroned?

Majestic Sweetness - PSALM 45: 1-8

by Richard St.James © 2013


Psalm 45:1 “My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.”

[Inditing is committing to the written words “a good matter” which things burn in the heart of a man that thirsts after God] “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.”

The man that thirsts after God ... sees through the eye of faith "someone" who is “fairer than children of men”.

Psalm 45:2 “Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.”

Samuel Stennett saw ... what most men never have seen.

He saw "someone" clothed in glory and in majesty.

Psalm 45:3 “Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.”

When God opened my heart forty years ago [Acts 16:14] my eyes could finally see these majestic scenes of my Savior God riding prosperously in the Kingdom to come very soon.

[Matthew 6:10] “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” [The Kingdom of Heaven]

Psalm 45:4 "And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.”

Truth and meekness go together in the company of the righteousness of Jesus Christ whose arrows will travel far.

Psalm 45:5 “Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies; whereby the people fall under thee.”

Soon the nations of this world will see the mighty wrath of God with these arrows will fly.

May all the tongues proclaim:

Psalm 45:6 “Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.”

God both hates and HE loves.

Psalm 45:7 “Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.”

Brethren, we must do the same … in order to have “the mind of Christ.” [1 Corinthians 2:16b] “But we have the mind of Christ.Psalm 45:8 "All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad."

When the majestic sweetness [ the “myrrh, and aloes, and cassia”] is all that allures, there will be none of SELF, for all that is ours will be all for HIM.

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Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.
[Verse 1]

They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.  [Verse 2]

The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things: [Verse 3]

Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us? [Verse 4]

 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the Lord; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him. [Verse 5]

The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. [Verse 6]

Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.         [Verse 7]

The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted. [Verse 8]