The Lord Is Patient

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A hymn on the patience of God from the series of hymns titled "The Lord Is"


The Lord is patient with mankind despite their bold transgressions;
They, since the Fall, have never ceased insulting His perfections.
His patience, from of old,
Displays His self-control,
But His restraint will cease—
His wrath will be released;
The Day of Judgment hastens.

The Lord has patiently endured, delaying condemnation
To show His justice when the Son made full propitiation.
The Holy One endured
Man's scorn in deed and word;
His patience with our sin
Leads us to turn to Him
And find Him gently waiting.

The Lord will not be slow to keep the promise of His presence,
Though now He waits for all His own to turn in true repentance.
Since Jesus patiently
Endured hostility,
In struggle and in pain,
Steadfast we will remain
And wait for His appearing.

By Eric Schumacher & David L. Ward
© 2010

Scripture References

Reference format: A.B.C where A = Hymn number, B = Stanza number, C = Line number
11.1.1 Exodus 34:6 "The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness"
11.1.2 Genesis 6:5 "The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." Proverbs 14:31 "Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker"
11.1.3 Romans 3:25 "In [God's] divine forbearance he had passed over former sins."
11.1.4 Psalm 78:38 "Yet [God], being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity and did not destroy them; he restrained his anger often and did not stir up all his wrath."
11.1.5-6 Malachi 4:1 "For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble." Romans 2:5 "Because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed."
11.1.7 Zephaniah 1:14,15,17 "The great day of the LORD is near, near and hastening fast ... a day of wrath is that day ... I will bring distress on mankind ... because they have sinned against the LORD" 1 Thessalonians 5:2 "The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night."
11.2.1-2 Romans 3:23-26 "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus."
11.2.3-4 1 Peter 2:22-23 "He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten"
11.2.5-6 Romans 2:3-4 "Do you suppose, O man ... that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?"
11.2.7 Matthew 11:28-29 "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."
11.3.1-2 2 Peter 3:4,9 "[Scoffers will come, saying,] 'Where is the promise of his coming?' ... The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance."
11.3.3-4 Hebrews 12:3-4 "Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood."
11.3.5-6 1 Corinthians 15:57-58 "Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain."
11.3.7 Titus 2:11-13 "The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ"


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We are studying A.W. Pinks book "The Attributes of God". Tonight we are looking at chapter 12, The Patience of God. This hymn matches it to perfection.
» Nancy Bell on July 24th, 2011
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