Friday, June 24, 2011

Hymn Lyrics for Mark 3:7-12

A lot of these hymns that are based on the Gospels have a limited use in public worship. Most could be used as Amen hymns, the hymns that are sung after the sermon in order to reinforce some of the truths just preached. A few of them might be used before the sermon to get people thinking about the passage before or after it is read. Fewer could be used as opening hymns of praise or thanksgiving hymns.

A strong case can be made from the Old Testament that there is a close tie between the written Word of God and that same word sung. In Deuteronomy 31-33, Moses gives the people the covenant they are to keep in written form, but also a song that enables the people to sing of the covenant so that they will better learn and remember it. I believe this same pattern could and should be applied to the new covenant or testament, and that is part of what I am trying to do with these hymns based on the Gospels.

But, of course, we can always sing in private or with our families, so these hymns can be sung in conjunction with the passage read in individual or family devotions.

In the following hymn, based on Mark 3:7-12, we are dealing with murderous Pharisees, from whom Jesus withdraws; excited crowds from even Gentile areas, who although they may not be seeking him with the best of motives, Jesus teaches; and frightened demons from the invisible world who know the true identity of Jesus long before the crowds or even the disciples have come to understand that this is the Son of God.

The key question is who do we think Jesus is? Verse 4 answers that question and alludes to Isaiah 2 where new covenant believers come to the Lord on his holy mountain in heaven to learn of Him. May we ourselves be the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy as we come to him on his heavenly mountain and city (Heb. 12:22-24):

1The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2 It shall come to pass in the latter days
that the mountain of the house of the LORD
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and shall be lifted up above the hills;
and all the nations shall flow to it,
3and many peoples shall come, and say:
"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths."
For out of Zion shall go the law,
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
The Crowds Excited Followed

To the tune: ST. THEODULPH All Glory, Laud, and Honor. Based on Mark 3:6-12. Words: William Weber, 2011.

v. 1
The crowds excited followed
the Lord through Galilee,
for miracles and healing
from Jesus they did seek.
But Jesus came to teach them,
He had a Shepherd’s heart,
to teach the way to heaven,
salvation to impart.

v. 2
When evil spirits saw him,
before the Lord they fell.
The demons feared His power
to cast them into hell.
They cried in fear confessing
the Son, the Holy One.
But Jesus shut their voices,
they knew just who He was.

v. 3
From Pharisaic plotting
our Lord would e’er depart.
But people from the nations
would seek Him with their hearts,
to see the pow’r and glory
of God’s most Holy One,
to come unto salvation,
to learn of God the Son.

v. 4
And still our Lord is teaching
all those who come to Him.
In Him we learn salvation,
forgiveness of our sins.
For He’s the Lord ascended,
the resurrected King,
who by His Word and Spirit
our hearts He makes to sing.

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