Wednesday, June 05, 2013

A Hole in Our Hymnody?

I will be preaching from the book of Proverbs shortly, so I went looking for hymns that sing of the fear of the Lord. Strangely, I did not find many that deal explicitly with this biblical truth. There are many hymns that touch on aspects of the fear of the Lord, to be sure, since such a deep truth cannot help but connect to so many facets of Christian existence. But I did not find many that meditate directly upon the fear of the Lord. If the fear of the Lord is truly "the soul of godliness," as it has been called, then why do we not dwell upon it in song? Surely the Psalms set a good pattern for us here, as they regularly bring up the fear of the Lord.

Does anyone have some good suggestions for hymns that sing of the fear of the Lord?


David said...

Perhaps "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence"?
In Hymns of Grace and Glory, perhaps two that come close are "God Moves In A Mysterious Way", and "O Worship the King". At least some of the imagery there evokes reverence and awe.

Jason Parker said...

Thanks so much, David. "Let All Mortal Flesh" is excellent.

Mark Snoeberger said...

How about "Come Children Learn to Fear the Lord," by Watts? You can substitute "people" or "Christians" for "children" for a context with adults present.

Jason Parker said...

THanks, Mark. I did some searches online and found that hymn on Wednesday. It was new to me, so we learned it together at our Wednesday evening meeting. Since it is common meter, we just used the familiar tune Azmon ("O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing"). Do you know of any other good tunes for that text?