A HYMN FOR TODAY – O LORD Whose Law Is My Delight

From the “New Hymns vs. Old Hymns” Front: Here is a prime example of a “new” (recently written) hymn — yet filled with “old” (Biblical) imagery and phrasing. And paired with a great tune which, oh-by-the-way, is a mere 230 years old (that’s nearly a quarter-millennium for those of us who think in such terms). Hymns written in this manner have every right and expectation to survive and thrive in the repertoire of Christian hymns — especially when fitted to an enduring and musically sound tune. This is another of the hymns recently recorded in Tampa for the forthcoming third Sumphonia CD.

A HYMN FOR TODAY – O LORD Whose Law Is My Delight

O LORD, whose law is my delight,
My meditation day and night,
I have found peace through years of strife
By holding fast the word of life.

Though frail my soul and faint my song,
“When I am weak, then I am strong.”
If struggles now or sorrows new,
I have no strength but strength from You.

I need not see the pathway bright;
“We walk by faith and not by sight”:
No cloud by day, no fire by night,
But You, my God, my inward light.

Should I depart or long remain,
“To live is Christ, to die is gain.”
So help me, God, with every breath
To honor Christ by life or death.

LM – C.A. Roberts, 2009

Tune: WARRINGTON – Ralph Harrison, 1784, alt.

#276 in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, 2012

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A HYMN FOR TODAY – Still The Cause Before Us

Still The Cause Before Us

Let all who stand with Christ the Lord,
Each good and faithful servant,
Take up the shield and bear the sword,
With heart and spirit fervent.
Behind the Rock of Ages,
And armed with holy pages,
If God be for us, who can fear?
Oh, let us be courageous!

The early saints held fast indeed,
And One would soon reward them;
For mounted on His battle steed,
“The Word of God” came toward them.
And through the slaughter glorious,
His army rode victorious!
Their cause, now aged two thousand years,
Is still the cause before us.

Almighty God, whose outstretched arm
Is certain to defend us,
We pray, where’er the present harm,
“Into the conflict, send us!”
By calling and election,
With power and protection,
Our cross of duty leads from here
To crowns of resurrection.

O God, we know by pressing on,
A field is ever nearing;
Where all our mortal strength is gone,
We lie down in the clearing.
Should nightfall overtake us,
The morning hymn will wake us!
And when our Life and Light appears,
Immortal Father, take us.

8.7.8.7.7.7.8.7 – C.A. Roberts, 2002                                                                                                                                                                    Tune: EAKIN – Robert Schumann, arr.                                                                                                                                                                    arr. C.A. Roberts and Sarah Roberts Jenkins                                                                                                                                                      #521 in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, 2012