Sunday, July 17, 2011

First Commandment Hymn

Here is the beginning of a 10-part project I have set for myself: a series of hymns on the Ten Commandments. Without further ado (and without a particular tune in mind), I give you the First Commandment, "You shall have no other gods before Me."

O Christ, the unknown God
Who makes God known to men,
Becoming man that men might know
A gracious God again:

You passed the tempter's lure
To rank idolatry,
Then bore our godless race's guilt
On the accursed tree.

What sweeter gift can be
Than to possess Your grace?
What loss more cruel than that You
Should turn from us Your face?

Henceforth be God to us!
Admit none else above:
Let naught divide our hearts from You
In fear and trust and love.

And so, Lord Christ, we pray,
Make God Your Father known,
That through the Holy Ghost we may
Him as our Father own.

1 comment:

revalkorn said...

I like that it's not an exxplicit, beat-you-over-the-head-with-catechism language yet still conveys the commandment. Well done, brother.