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A Family Worship Hymn

Saturday, March 28, 2009

I was recently guided to the Reformed Praise website. There they offer, “Reformed Praise is a music ministry dedicated to bringing together the rich tradition of hymnody, especially from the reformers or those directly influenced by them, with the modern worship song movement.” As well as, “We truly believe that an incredible wealth of worship music is being “lost” amidst a sea of often over-simplified contemporary praise choruses. Our worship songs should be full of biblical, rich, and powerful truth, truth that is all too often absent from modern worship songs. Hymns have long been a rich source of deep lyrics, but many traditional tunes used to sing these hymns hinder rather than help believers feel what they are singing. The modern worship styles (and there are many) offer a new arena to make these hymn texts come alive to new generations. When these classic and biblical texts are wed to contemporary tunes, the result is a truly powerful worship experience that enables God’s truth to settle deep in our hearts and minds.”

There I found this family worship hymn:

Family Worship Hymn

David L. Ward

Description

This song is designed for use in family worship, the time when the family (anyone living in a household) gathers to worship God together through reading His Word, prayer, and songs of praise. It serves to remind us of several important aspects of family worship. First, it reminds us that the only hope we have of coming before a holy and righteous God without fear of judgment is by trusting in Jesus’ work on the cross. Second, it recognizes the need for the Holy Spirit’s help to fix our attentions and affections on the Lord. And third, it states the aim of the worship time, that Jesus would become more dear and precious to us – not simply that we would learn the Bible better or understand theological concepts.

Lyrics

O God to whom all praise is due,
Our family bows to worship You;
We trust in Jesus’ work alone
To come before Your holy throne.
Come, Holy Spirit, now subdue
All that distracts our hearts from You;
Endear us to our glorious King
While now we read, and pray, and sing!

Tune: HE LEADETH ME (William Bradbury, 1864)

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