A hymn on the wrath of God from the series of hymns titled "The Lord Is"
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A hymn on the jealousy of God from the series of hymns titled "The Lord Is"
This Isaac Watts hymn is a setting of Psalm 90, which opens with the famous line, "Lord, you have been our dwelling place through all generations.... from everlasting to everlasting, You are God." The hymn is about the eternality of God and, in contrast, the finite and fleeting nature of man. As we meditate on days and years gone by, particular when a new year is approaching, may the conclusion of Psalm 90 be our hope: "So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom... Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days."
This adaptation is a re-harmonization of the traditional tune with an added chorus whose lyrics are simply the first verse.
Neither this text or tune have been updated (save one word - instead of asking for God's bowels to be moved it is much more fitting to ask that His feelings be moved!) but it is a hymn worth sharing as we face another new year (at least in the west). One of the best hymn-writers of all time, John Newton had the amazing ability to be introspective, doctrinal, eloquent, and Christ-centered in His hymns. This hymn can be set to several tunes, but we recommend the tune for "Jesus, Lover of My Soul." As we survey all of the failures of our past year, may we be encouraged by John's faithful reminders of the gospel: "Happy the believing soul! Christ for you has paid the whole."
This song is about how God's pardoning grace is the most wondrous, the most amazing thing that He has shown us about Himself. The reason the author says that grace is "strange" (in verse 2) is that God's grace is unexpected; you could even say that it defies logic. Why would the infinite, boundless, all-knowing, all-powerful, thrice holy God show mercy to His creatures who have spurned His Word and rebelled against His loving rule? Even if he wanted to pardon us, how could He do so and still maintain justice so that the guilty are rightfully punished? The answer is the "atrocious mathematics" of the gospel: He sent His Son, the eternal Word, Jesus, to pay the penalty we deserve - the wrath of God - on the cross and freely offer that payment to all who will embrace Him as Lord. Why would God pardon sinners like us? The answer is simply this - according to the kind intention of His will, not based on anything about us, He chose to love us. May this truth cause us to stand before Him in awe and wonder!
A hymn on the righteousness of God from the series of hymns titled "The Lord Is"
This is one of the few good hymn texts that deals with the doctrine of original sin - how sin entered into humanity and continues to spread to all men through our representative, Adam. The wonderful promise of Scripture that is echoed in this hymn is that, although mankind has been plunged into "conspiracy with hell" the second Adam has come to free us from the power of sin by His blood.
The text has been significantly altered to fit the tune of the spiritual "Go Down, Moses." Using this format, you can present the song with a soloist and the congregation in response (one the tune for "let my people go"). It was originally set in this format for a Christmas Eve service of "lessons and carols" in response to a reading from Genesis chapter 3, but could be used any time of the year to recognize our bondage to sin but freedom in Christ.
A hymn on the omniscience and wisdom of God from the series of hymns titled "The Lord Is"
This Christmas hymn was written by Eric Schumacher in 2000, and Jeff Bourque and David Ward wrote a new tune for it in December 2010. You can find the original hymn text for use with the tune MANOAH (When All Your Mercies) at the hymn text page.
A hymn on the omnipresence of God from the series of hymns titled "The Lord Is"