A special Hymn as we enter lockdown

Nov 5, 2020 | Artistry and Poems, Song Presentations, Soundcloud Prayers

God is working His purpose out

One evening recently the Lord spoke these words very clearly to me: ‘All that we do is nothing worth unless God bless the deed.’ The words are taken from a great hymn, God is working His purpose out as year succeeds to year. The theme is based on the verse in Habakkuk about the Earth being filled with the knowledge (yada) of the glory (kabod) of God as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)(1)

Almost everyone I have shared this hymn with in the last couple of days has commented on how it has reminded them of school assemblies and brought the words and melody back to life again for them. The tune – Benson – is a stirring one, but it is as mature adults that the words come into their own. But aren’t we blessed to have this repository of great hymns ‘lodged’ way down inside us?

It is sad to think that the present generation will not have this precious and godly heritage to draw on in later years. Today’s songs may be better packaged and highly attractive but I very much doubt that they will impact the heart and memory in quite the same way.

Being so close to lockdown of course there is no way we could record this with live musicians, so for the first time in all our many years of releasing musical tracks, we have had to work differently this time, with Colin taking a starting midi file for pipe organ, and then extracting the parts to turn them into musical instruments. What wonders of technology!! We were greatly blessed that Carol was free to come and sing and record it for us ‘just in time’. We are confident that this lockdown offering will bless you just as it did us in preparing it!

Carol and Colin sing it beautifully, and we ended up including not only a Yamaha concert piano and strings, but also an oboe, a clarinet, a Chinese flute, an Irish harp, a Fender Rhodes, French horns, a trumpet, a tuba, a cymbal, and – most importantly of course – a recorder(!) We discarded other sounds that we sampled, including a snare drum and a set of bagpipes! It goes without saying that the better the speakers you listen to this through the more you will be able to hear those parts.

May the Lord bless you at time when so many are feeling stressed, anxious and sad, and when prayer and godly endurance has never been more important.

When you think how often you will have sung it at school, do take the chance to listen more than once and to forward it on to others. The words are below for you to feast on, taken from https://hymnary.org

 

God is working his purpose out,
as year succeeds to year,
God is working his purpose out,
and the time is drawing near;
nearer and nearer draws the time,
the time that shall surely be,
when the earth shall be filled with the glory of God
as the waters cover the sea.

From utmost east to utmost west,
wherever feet have trod,
by the mouth of many messengers
goes forth the voice of God,
‘Give ear to me, ye continents,
ye isles, give ear to me,
that the earth may be filled with the glory of God
as the waters cover the sea.’

What can we do to work God’s work,
to prosper and increase
the love of God in all mankind,
the reign of the Prince of peace?
What can we do to hasten the time,
the time that shall surely be,
when the earth shall be filled with the glory of God
as the waters cover the sea

March we forth in the strength of God,
with the banner of Christ unfurled,
that the light of the glorious gospel of truth
may shine throughout the world;
fight we the fight with sorrow and sin,
to set their captives free,
that the earth may be filled with the glory of God
as the waters cover the sea.

All we can do is nothing worth
unless God blesses the deed;
vainly we hope for the harvest-tide
till God gives life to the seed;
yet nearer and nearer draws the time,
the time that shall surely be,
when the earth shall be filled with the glory of God
as the waters cover the sea.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #646

 

Footnote: 1) ‘Yada’ – ‘with the knowledge.’
This is not the kind of knowledge one gains from studying text books; it means to know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); and is used in the Scriptures in a great variety of senses, including figuratively, literally, and inferentially; ‘to know from experience and relationship’ in other words. May the whole earth be filled with people experiencing God through ever deepening personal relationship.

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