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In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: How Sweet and Awful


Hidden treasure: None of the hymns I have posted from this hymnal have ever been posted on this site before. Of those hymns (forty, so far), this is the first that I have previously known.

How Sweet and Awful Is the Place
ST. COLUMBA

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How sweet and awful is the place
with Christ within the doors,
while everlasting love displays
the choicest of her stores.

While all our hearts and all our songs
join to admire the feast,
each of us cries, with thankful tongue,
“Lord, why was I a guest?

“Why was I made to hear Thy voice,
and enter while there’s room,
when thousands make a wretched choice,
and rather starve than come?”

’Twas the same love that spread the feast
that sweetly drew us in;
else we had still refused to taste,
and perished in our sin.

Pity the nations, O our God,
constrain the earth to come;
send Thy victorious Word abroad,
and bring the strangers home.

We long to see Thy churches full,
that all the chosen race
may, with one voice and heart and soul,
sing Thy redeeming grace.

Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017).

Listen carefully, and you might hear my voice in the crowd:

The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.



Posted 2019·01·12 by David Kjos
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