*God’s Words. Our Voice: Singing the Songs of Faith – June 17, 2018Jun 16, 2018
“I am not ashamed to confess publicly that next to theology there is no art which is the equal of music…” Martin Luther, in a letter (1530) to Catholic composer, Ludwig Senfl
Hymns are often the first way we learn to give voice to our faith as children and even those who are not great singers have favorite hymns that they know by heart. You are invited to reflect on this stanza in the week ahead. Use it for prayer, meditation, or in daily devotion. Our prayer and hope is that these hymn stanzas will lift and deepen your faith and encourage your living of that faith in daily works of love and acts of mercy.
O Savior, Precious Savior ELW 4820, stanza 1
Tune: ANGEL’S STORY
O Savior, precious savior, whom yet unseen we love;
O name of might and favor, all other names above;
We worship thee; we bless thee; to thee alone we sing;
We praise thee and confess thee, our holy Lord and King.
Written by Frances R. Havergal (1836-1879), each verse is filled with devotion to Jesus. The hymn ends with a prayer for fulfillment, when the faithful will sing our adoration in the very presence with our Savior, Lord, and King. This hymn celebrates the name of Jesus and gives thanks for God’s salvation given to us through him. It also recalls an early hymn of the church that Paul included in his letter to the Philippians, which reminds us that Christians have sung hymns of praise to Jesus since the beginning of the church. We join our hymns of praise to theirs!
Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11)
Acknowledgements: Weekly hymn selections have been adapted from Singing the Songs of Faith: 52 Great Hymn Stanzas created in 2011 by Isobel Davies, Thatcher Lyman, Paul E. Shoop, and Jeremy Shoop. The selection reflects their views and priorities and is a teaching tool in their settings. The original resource is available in electronic form at http://immanuelwebster.org/lutheran/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/52-Great-Hymns_web.pdf