Hymn Friday: O Great God

Why do I love hymns?  The best hymns whether they are ancient or modern are a coming together of theological truth and artistic beauty.  They also are meant for congregational singing.  I want to leave church with the truths that I just proclaimed in song to still be ringing in my heart and spilling over my lips throughout the week.  That is sometimes hard to do with some modern praise songs that are more performance driven.  The hymns also connect me to our rich Christian heritage and help to fight what C. S. Lewis called "chronological snobbery" (believing that whatever is newest is best).  "A Mighty Fortress" was written in 1527 by Martin Luther.  The Church has been singing this hymn for almost 500 years and unless Christ returns will sing it for 500 more at least!  

One of the most exciting developments in recent years is the movement of not only reviving these classic hymns but of Christian artist writing new ones.


Redeemed's worship team was introduced to just such a hymn at Worship God 2014.

O Great God

O great God of highest heaven
Occupy my lowly heart
Own it all and reign supreme
Conquer every rebel power
Let no vice or sin remain
That resists Your holy war
You have loved and purchased me
Make me Yours forevermore

I was blinded by my sin
Had no ears to hear Your voice
Did not know Your love within
Had no taste for heaven’s joys
Then Your Spirit gave me life
Opened up Your Word to me
Through the gospel of Your Son
Gave me endless hope and peace

Help me now to live a life
That’s dependent on Your grace
Keep my heart and guard my soul
From the evils that I face
You are worthy to be praised
With my every thought and deed
O great God of highest heaven
Glorify Your Name through me

Bob Kauflin © 2006 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)