One of the most precious songs to the Reformed Praise writers, this hymn, based on Psalm 130, was penned by Martin Luther himself. Luther was a Monk in the Roman church who diligently sought peace with God through his holy life. As he studied the Bible, he became confronted with the doctrine of justification and imputed righteousness and understood and accepted the gospel of salvation through faith in Christ alone, apart from the works of the Law.
Posts Tagged ‘Style: Traditional’
These powerful and touching lyrics describe the fact that our one true joy is in God himself. All else - earthly pleasure - is a joy that fades, a treasure that fails, ceaseless longings and vain desires. As we sing, we celebrate that God replaces these empty pursuits with His peace - the peace of knowing that we have been forgiven. May we obey the Lord's command to seek Him first. (Matthew 6:33)
This is a very well known and well beloved hymn from Isaac Watts. In fact, there is another modern version of this hymn from WorshipTogether.com that is gainging popularity. Like many of the other hymns we have reworked that other songwriters have also begun to compose new tunes for, our version is amazingly similar to the the WorshipTogether version. The running theme of this hymn is the incomparable riches of the cross compared to earthly treasures, thus the traditional first verse makes a natural chorus. Isaac wrote of our need to resign all that entices us away from setting all of our affections on God, even if it means giving up the whole world (the whole realm of nature). Truly the love God demonstrated for us on the cross demands we give our all back to Him, especially in worship.