Words by Isaac Watts (1707), sung here by Bob Kauflin and thousands of pastors at T4G.
Beautiful!!! I’m also impressed that they kept the “Aweful” and didn’t change it to “Awesome” like many do! Though, when we sing it as a church, usually the hymn leader will say something about awful meaning “full of awe.”
number 469 in the trinity hymnal
thank you Lord :’
Wow!! That was beautiful. I need this on my phone so I just checked and this and many other songs from T4G are in iTunes. I had no idea. Thanks for sharing.
Was it originally set to St. Columba? I really like that tune, but the meter of the words in many places doesn’t match the meter of the tune. Just wondering — and not finding help at my usual web sources.
Missing a stanza:
Here every bowel of our God
With soft compassion rolls;
Here peace and pardon bought with blood
Is food for dying souls.
Wonder why they didn’t include that one? lol
A new appreciation for #469
Yes, I’ve seen this set to another tune–“On Jordan’s Stormy Banks”– with the last two lines of each stanza repeated.
DUNDEE and QUEBEC are also used with this hymn.
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Kevin DeYoung is senior pastor of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, near Michigan State University. He and his wife Trisha have six young children. You can follow him on Twitter.