Friday, December 17, 2010

Hymn of Instruction, Petition, and Thanks Based on the Fourth Petition of the Lord's Prayer

O Lord, You’re Very Great

To the tune: MARION “Rejoice, O Pure in Heart” (http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/UMH/160). Based on Lord’s Day 50 of the Heidelberg Catechism (related Westminster Shorter Catechism Q&A 104). Words: Bill Weber, 2010.

v. 1
O Lord, You’re very great,
the Maker of all things.
Sustaining, ruling by Your pow’r,
You are the mighty King.

refrain:
Rejoice, rejoice,
rejoice, give thanks and sing.

v. 2
Dear Father, we ask you,
as children born of grace:
O give to us our temp’ral needs,
and favor of Your face.

refrain:
Rejoice, rejoice,
rejoice, give thanks and sing.

v. 3
Our Father, we depend
for ev’ry breath on You.
You give all skill and give all strength,
all thanks to You is due.

refrain:
Rejoice, rejoice,
rejoice, give thanks and sing.

v. 4
Our Father, help us trust
that we are Yours in Christ,
adopted children, Jesus bought
by His own sacrifice.

refrain:
Rejoice, rejoice,
rejoice, give thanks and sing.

v. 5
Your children look to You,
dear Father, please provide
the things we need in earthly life,
and with them Jesus Christ.

refrain:
Rejoice, rejoice,
rejoice, give thanks and sing.

v. 6
For Jesus is true bread,
without Him hearts will die.
In Him is blessing, favor, life,
by faith we find supply.

refrain:
Rejoice, rejoice,
rejoice, give thanks and sing.


Lord's Day 50

Q & A 125

Q. What does the fourth request mean?

A. "Give us today our daily bread" means,
Do take care of all our physical needs^1
so that we come to know
that you are the only source of everything good,^2
and that neither our work and worry
nor your gifts
can do us any good without your blessing.^3

And so help us to give up our trust in creatures
and to put trust in you alone.^4

^1 Ps. 104:27-30; 145:15-16; Matt. 6:25-34
^2 Acts 14:17; 17:25; James 1:17
^3 Deut. 8:3; Ps. 37:16; 127:1-2; 1 Cor. 15:58
^4 Ps. 55:22; 62; 146; Jer. 17:5-8; Heb. 13:5-6

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