A Note to My Readers -
I've decided to remove my Sunday posts from the weekly cycle. Although I hope they've been of benefit to some of you, they are necessarily secondary to my regular work of sermon preparation each week. I've found that having that extra post to write simply added to the burden of my work. For those readers who would still like access to my weekly work in Scriptural exposition, I would ask them to access the podcasts of my sermons (available through a link in the sidebar), since that remains the primary form of my Bible teaching each week.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

We Gather to Praise Thee

I wrote a new hymn this week. And, in the tradition of the greatest hymnographers, I didn't write my own music for it, but made use of someone else's tune instead (mostly because I can't write music). It's written to the tune of the classic hymn "Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise," (an old Welsh melody, St. Denio), but could probably be sung to most tunes that fit an 11.11.11.11 meter. I also used classic hymnographic language (Thee, Thou, etc.), but with a little tweaking it can probably be modernized if so desired. Here's a short video clip of the hymn, featuring my modest singing talents, and the full text is printed below.

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We Gather to Praise Thee

We gather to praise Thee, our great God above
And here we extol Thee, and offer our love.
We love Thee because Thou hast first lov├Ęd us, 
Declaring together: in Thee will we trust!

In hard times and glad times we give Thee our praise,
For how Thy sweet grace renders light on our days.
Oh, grant that with courage and help from Thy hand,
We may, in temptation's hour, faithfully stand!

May faith be our shield and Thy Spirit our sword,
While taking our stand on Thy excellent Word.
We trust Thee to lead us against strife and sin,
Thy Kingdom shall conquer, and righteousness win!

We praise Thee, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost;
We laud Thy sweet mercy, and in Christ we boast:
We die to our sins in the death that He died,
And rise to new life, with our Lord glorified!

Lord, grant that Thy servants may follow Thy ways,
To thank Thee, adore Thee, and ceaselessly praise!
We long for the day when we see Thee above,
And join in the song of Thy infinite love! 

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If you enjoyed this one, then check out some of my other songs: "We Praise You, Wonderful God (Christmas Version)" and "Faith, Mighty Faith (Expanded Version)"

1 comment:

Heidi said...

Beautiful hymn, Matthew. I've always loved that melody, and your lyrics are moving.
Heidi Samuel