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Sunday, July 24, 2011

John Calvin's Hymn

Grace Sight #5 is John Calvin's Hymn.

The Words to the Reformation period hymn, I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art, are attributed to John Calvin.  While it is uncertain if Calvin actually wrote the words, they are consistent with his teachings and are a good representation of the period of the Reformation.  It is known as Calvin's Hymn despite the uncertain authorship.  The words penned in 1545 point to the redemption of Christ, power of God, sovereignty of God, protection of God, unity of believers, and finally the perseverance of the saints.

I greet Thee, who my sure Redeemer art,
My only trust and Savior of my heart,
Who pain didst undergo for my poor sake;
I pray Thee from our hearts all cares to take.

Thou art the King of mercy and of grace,
Reigning omnipotent in every place;
So come, O King, and our whole being sway;
Shine on us with the light of Thy pure day.

Thou art the life, by which alone we live,
And all our substance and our strength receive;
Sustain us by Thy faith and by Thy power,
And give us strength in every trying hour.

Thou hast the true and perfect gentleness,
No harshness hast Thou and no bitterness;
O grant to us the grace we find in Thee,
That we may dwell in perfect unity.

Our hope is in no other save in Thee;
Our faith is built upon Thy promise free;
Lord, give us peace, and make us calm and sure,
That in Thy strength we evermore endure.

Below is a YouTube performance of Zachary Harris performing what is known as John Calvin's Hymn.


For more information on John Calvin's hymn you may wish to check out the Cyber Hymnal page for this hymn or the explanation of this hymn by Rev. Kyle Sorensen on Sermonaudio.com.

To read other posts on the blog about John Calvin search for the John Calvin Label

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