Hope Rising

Monday, October 10, 2011

Even so, come Lord Jesus...

There is something about hymns--something about singing words sung by generations of Christians before us--often overlooked in the modern church today--that cannot be reproduced in the newest and best worship song.  There is depth and richness to songs sung by those who have gone before us...and something amazing about finding that the longings of their hearts were the same as our hearts.  This hymn in particular has been a blessing to me recently...

 

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

Words: Charles Wesley, 1744
Music: Rowland H. Prichard, 1830; harm., from The English Hymnal, 1906


Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel's strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

You can listen to Chris Tomlin's beautiful rendition with Christy Nockels HERE.

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