Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Hymn of Instruction and Prayer Based on Matthew 6:10

The Father Sent His Son, He Gave a Model Prayer

To the tune: SOUTHWELL (http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/PsH/380). Based on Lord’s Day 49 of the Heidelberg Catechism (related Westminster Shorter Catechism Q&A 103). Words: Bill Weber, 2010.

v. 1
The Father sent His Son,
He gave a model prayer.
The Father’s will on earth be done,
in heaven it’s done there.

v. 2
The essence of our crime
is to reject God’s will,
to follow our own heart and eyes,
it’s this that makes us ill.

v. 3
So Father help us please,
our own wills to reject.
In heaven angels do Your will,
your beauty they reflect.

v. 4
Your will alone is good,
O Father, help us see
the glory shining in Your book,
the way that’s best for me.

v. 5
For Jesus is the way,
Your will He came to do.
The cross Your justice, grace display,
Your glory shining through.

v. 6
O Father, give us faith
to come to Your dear Son,
for faith gives glory unto You,
for grace that Jesus won.

Lord's Day 49

Q & A 124

Q. What does the third request mean?

A. "Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven" means,
Help us and all people
to reject our own wills
and to obey your will without any back talk.
Your will alone is good.^1

Help us one and all to carry out the work we are called to,^2
as willingly and faithfully as the angels in heaven.^3

^1 Matt. 7:21; 16:24-26; Luke 22:42; Rom. 12:1-2; Tit. 2:11-12
^2 1 Cor. 7:17-24; Eph. 6:5-9
^3 Ps. 103:20-21

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