Friday, March 29, 2019

Hymn of the Week: Praise to the God and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:3-10)

This new hymn is an attempt to render the essence of one of my favorite Bible passages, Ephesians 1:3-10, into a singable form. I've set it to the tune of the classic hymn "Lead On, O King Eternal" (7.6.7.6.D). 

Praise to the God and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Praise to the God and Father
Of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who blessed us with all blessings
And brought us forth to life!
Before the world's beginning
He chose us in his Son:
Predestined as his children
Through Christ, the Blessed One!

His love has made us holy,
His grace has set us free;
By his own will and pleasure,
Blameless in Christ are we!
In him we have redemption,
Because of Jesus' blood:
Our sins are all forgiven
Through God's eternal love!

In wisdom and in blessing
He lavishes his grace,
And he makes known the mystery
Of his will and his ways.
All this he does through Jesus,
Through whom his purpose stands:
Bring heav'n and earth together
Beneath the Savior's hand!

 

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