Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Hymn of Prayer Based on a Petition from the Lord's Prayer

This song is mainly a song of prayer, although there are also elements of praise, confession, and instruction interspersed throughout.

Help Us, O God, to Really Know and Love You

To the tune: FINLANDI (Be Still My Soul http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/TT/68). Based on Lord’s Day 47 of the Heidelberg Catechism (related Westminster Shorter Catechism Q&A 101). Words: Bill Weber, 2010.

v. 1
Help us, O God, to really know and love You,
for all Your works to bless and praise Your name.
For Jesus taught Your precious name to hallow,
direct our ways that we may spread Your fame.
O Father, give the Spirit for we need You,
Your name to praise and live our lives anew.

v. 2
Help us reflect Your name, O holy Father,
help us to see Your glory in Your Word,
to see Christ’s face, the knowledge of Your glory,
Your Spirit send to open up Your Word.
O Jesus, give the Spirit for we need You,
Your name to praise and live our lives anew.

v. 3
Your works shine forth Your power, wisdom, kindness.
Your name conveys Your justice, truth and grace.
You are Creator and You are Redeemer,
in these Your works Your glory do we trace.
O God triune, help us to really know You,
to bear Your name and glory to pursue.

v. 4
One day this world will be filled with Your glory,
and Jesus’ name renowned throughout the earth.
So give us grace to honor You in living,
to spread Your name and seek Your kingdom first.
O Father, help Your children for we need grace,
and give us hearts to hallow Your great name.

Lord's Day 47

Q & A 122

Q. What does the first request mean?

A. "Hallowed be your name" means,
Help us to really know you,^1
to bless, worship, and praise you
for all your works
and for all that shines forth from them:
your almighty power, wisdom, kindness,
justice, mercy, and truth.^2

And it means,
Help us to direct all our living—
what we think, say, and do—
so that your name will never be blasphemed because of us
but always honored and praised.^3

^1 Jer. 9:23-24; 31:33-34; Matt. 16:17; John 17:3
^2 Ex. 34:5-8; Ps. 145; Jer. 32:16-20; Luke 1:46-55, 68-75; Rom. 11:33-36
^3 Ps. 115:1; Matt. 5:16

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