This is a true Advent hymn, expressing our longing for God.
J. I. Packer’s words: “Theologies that cannot be sung (or prayed for that matter) are certainly wrong at a deep level” has stuck with me since I first read it a few years ago. It’s also one reason why I’m posting hymns (and the doctrines they’re based on) every other Sunday from Grudem’s Systematic Theology.
Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it.
What is the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture and how does today’s hymn, How Firm a Foundation, express this vital teaching?
“The drama of the soul’s choice.” A quote from Dorothy Sayers in her introduction to The Divine Comedy.
The gospel is clear throughout the hymn, O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing. I was struck by Wesley’s mention of living “under the law” in the tenth stanza: “Sudden expired the legal strife, ’Twas then I ceased to grieve; My second, real, living life I then began to live.”