Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Hymn about God's Kingdom

Jesus Taught Us His Own People

To the tune: W ZLOBIE LEZY (“Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/PsH/353). Based on Lord’s Day 48 of the Heidelberg Catechism (related Westminster Shorter Catechism Q&A 102). Words: Bill Weber, 2010.

v. 1
Jesus taught us His own people,
teaching us what we should pray.
Holy Father, may Your kingdom,
be our treasure all our days.
For Your Son has died and risen,
precious present, Jesus given.
He is King and Lord of all,
bend the knee and heed His call.

v. 2
Rule us by Your Word and Spirit,
more and more submit to You.
Father, keep us and protect us,
change our hearts and make them new.
Self condemning, sin repenting,
Christ believing, heart consenting.
Jesus Christ our risen King,
Praise to Him forever bring.

v. 3
Weak and sinful, we Your people,
how we need Your mercy now!
Sin confessing, give us blessing,
grace and strength our souls endow.
Jesus is a fountain flowing,
faith is drinking, faith is knowing.
Come to Jesus God’s dear Son,
let your heart by Him be won.

v. 4
God of justice, send Your judgments,
plunder forces of the foe.
For the devil seeks to murder,
stealing, killing precious souls.
Your church keeping, adding to it,
kingdom growing, by Your Spirit.
Send Your word that justifies,
turn from sin and turn to Christ.

Lord's Day 48

Q & A 123

Q. What does the second request mean?

A. "Your kingdom come" means,
Rule us by your Word and Spirit in such a way
that more and more we submit to you.^1

Keep your church strong, and add to it.^2

Destroy the devil's work;
destroy every force which revolts against you
and every conspiracy against your Word.^3

Do this until your kingdom is so complete and perfect
that in it you are
all in all.^4

^1 Ps. 119:5, 105; 143:10; Matt. 6:33
^2 Ps. 122:6-9; Matt. 16:18; Acts 2:42-47
^3 Rom. 16:20; 1 John 3:8
^4 Rom. 8:22-23; 1 Cor. 15:28; Rev. 22:17, 20

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