We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer

Monday, March 21, 2011

O Church, Arise

Another great contemporary hymn is one we have on a CD, and yesterday was presented by a young couple as special music in church.  The writers of this one have put out several excellent hymns.
O church, arise and put your armor on;
Hear the call of Christ our captain;
For now the weak can say that they are strong
In the strength that God has given.
With shield of faith and belt of truth
We’ll stand against the devil’s lies;
An army bold whose battle cry is “Love!”
Reaching out to those in darkness.
Our call to war, to love the captive soul,
But to rage against the captor;
And with the sword that makes the wounded whole
We will fight with faith and valor.
When faced with trials on ev’ry side,
We know the outcome is secure,
And Christ will have the prize for which He died—
An inheritance of nations.
Come, see the cross where love and mercy meet,
As the Son of God is stricken;
Then see His foes lie crushed beneath His feet,
For the Conqueror has risen!
And as the stone is rolled away,
And Christ emerges from the grave,
This vict’ry march continues till the day
Ev’ry eye and heart shall see Him.
So Spirit, come, put strength in ev’ry stride,
Give grace for ev’ry hurdle,
That we may run with faith to win the prize
Of a servant good and faithful.
As saints of old still line the way,
Retelling triumphs of His grace,
We hear their calls and hunger for the day
When, with Christ, we stand in glory.
Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Copyright © 2005 Thankyou Music

2 comments:

Yvonne said...

Good morning, Glenn. Our family has started attending a church that often uses the Gettys music as part of worship. It has been a blessing.

I was first introduced to them via the song 'In Christ Alone' a couple of years ago at a women's retreat. I remember being struck by the clear presentation of the Gospel in that song. Since then I have purchased 2 of their cds and continue to be blessed by their biblical lyrics and music.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

We have one CD with this song on it. "In Christ Alone," "How Deep the Father's Love For Us" and this one are some of my favorites. I even transcribed "How Deep..." for my bagpipes and it goes really well.

It is so good to see modern hymn writers who understand what a hymn should be about.

(I also just noticed when I posted this the last word of my intro (hymns) was missing!)