08 November 2009

Sunday Morning Praise

By now you've noticed that I prefer the tried and true, theologically sound hymns over the flimsy repetitive praise songs that most churches sing these days. I am not, however, entirely against "contemporary" music...as long as it speaks the Truth of God in its lyrics. I believe this song does. "While You Were Sleeping" by Casting Crowns is usually only brought out at Christmastime, although I have no idea why! What an amazing song with an amazing message. So many will miss the return of Christ for His church  while they are caught up in the whirlwind of the world...while they're spiritually sleeping.




And for those of you who are used to seeing hymns here every week, I'd thought I'd continue the theme from Rapture to Second Coming. Here's a video of "Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending!" Originally written by John Cennick and later altered by Charles Wesley, it may not be the catchiest tune, but what a picture it paints! Lyrics are posted below.




Lo! He comes with clouds descending,
Once for favoured sinners slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending,
Swell the triumph of His train:
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
God appears on earth to reign

Every eye shall now behold Him
Robed in dreadful majesty;
Those who set at naught and sold Him,
Pierced and nailed Him to the tree,
Deeply wailing, deeply wailing,
Shall the true Messiah see.

The dear tokens of His passion
Still His dazzling body bears;
Cause of endless exultation
To His ransomed worshippers;
With what rapture, with what rapture
Gaze we on those glorious scars!

Yea, amen; let all adore thee,
High on thine eternal throne;
Saviour, take the power and glory;
Claim the kingdoms for thine own:
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Thou shalt reign, and thou alone.

Have a blessed Lord's Day!

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