Friday, August 02, 2019

Hymn of the Week: Love's Simplicity

This week's hymn is an experiment in an unusual format: it contains a dialogue back and forth between the believer and Christ himself (the initial stanza of each verse being the believer's prayer and the answering stanza and chorus being the Lord's response). I imagine it would only work if an indication the character-parts were printed in the hymnal along with the text of the lyrics (as bel0w); lest its dual voice confuse the singer. All that to say, it's probably unusable in most settings, but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless. It's set to the tune of "Sweet Hour of Prayer," but with the second half doubled.

Love's Simplicity

     [Christian:]
"Lord, what have I to offer You?
What service can I render You?
My heart is full of frailty's pain,
And though I try, I fail again."
          [Christ:]
     "I haven't called you to success,
     But just to walk in faithfulness,
     And if you would my follower be,
     I'll make you what I'd have you be.
     Yes, hear my call and follow me;
     Be great in love's simplicity!
     For if you trustingly obey,
     The mountains move before your faith."

     [Christian:]
"I yearn to do some mighty thing
To serve Your name, exalt my King;
But oft I fail the simplest task,
And must Your pardon ever ask."
          [Christ:]
     "I've called you to abide in me,
     As branch to vine, receive my peace.
     For in you I am glorified
     When you walk faithfully at my side.
     Yes, hear my call and follow me;
     Be great in love's simplicity!
     For if you trustingly obey,
     The mountains move before your faith." 

     [Christian:]
"Forgive my pride and discontent;
I'll gladly follow where I'm sent.
And let my highest glory be
To do what You have planned for me."
          [Christ:]
     "Just love me with your heart and soul;
     Believe in me and be made whole!
     You'll see what mighty things are wrought
     Through those who trust their ways to God.
     Yes, hear my call and follow me;
     Be great in love's simplicity!
     For if you trustingly obey,
     The mountains move before your faith." 

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