Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Concluding Hymn on the Heidelberg Catechism

Praise the Lord, the God of Glory

To the tune: UPP, MIN TUNGA (http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/PsH/400 or http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/CCEH/1240). Based on Lord’s Day 52 of the Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 128 (related Westminster Shorter Catechism Q&A 107). Words: Bill Weber 2011.

v. 1
Praise the Lord, the God of glory,
for His justice, mercy, grace.
Sent His Son to earth to save us,
Jesus died and took our place.
To His Father He brought glory,
on the third day He was raised.

v. 2
When we see the Lord of glory,
Jesus preached and lifted high.
See Him suff’ring, see Him dying,
see the cross before our eyes.
For our sin and guilt He suffered,
died for us a sacrifice.

v. 3
In the light of God’s great glory,
we confess our sinful state.
Angels call out, “Holy, Holy,”
without Christ our judgment waits.
Flee the wrath that’s due to sinners,
Jesus is salvation’s gate.

v. 4
We’ve not loved the God of glory,
in our sin we’ve turned away.
God is just to judge, condemn us,
for like sheep we’ve gone astray.
In our sin we’ve worshipped idols,
come to Christ without delay.

v. 5
Mercy, goodness, grace and kindness
fill the heart of God in Christ.
Find in Jesus grace and comfort,
and a Father reconciled.
Ev’rything is yours in Jesus,
joined to Him you’re justified.

v. 6
Praise the Father for His giving
of His one and only Son.
Grace and truth are seen in Jesus,
glory of the righteous One.
Jesus, richest fount of blessing,
if to Him do we belong.

Q & A 128

Q. What does your conclusion to this prayer mean?

A. "For yours is the kingdom
and the power
and the glory forever" means,
We have made all these requests of you
because, as our all-powerful king,
you not only want to,
but are able to give us all that is good;^1
and because your holy name,
and not we ourselves,
should receive all the praise, forever.^2

^1 Rom. 10:11-13; 2 Pet. 2:9
^2 Ps. 115:1; John 14:13


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