Saturday, January 05, 2013

"All your children shall proclaim Abba's love as shown in Jesus."

Catch a taste of this 19th Century hymn, pointed out to me on twitter by Olly Knight. Meter so it'd fit to the tune of Love Divine for example.

I love that it's Triune, it's relational, and overflowing in love. The closing lines: "All your children shall proclaim Abba's love as shown in Jesus" - there's a definition for Christian worship, for Christian preaching, for Christian living. Telling of the Father's love revealed - as it always has been - in the Son.


1 ABBA, Father, we approach Thee
In our Saviour's precious name;
We, Thy children, here assembling,
Now the promised blessing claim.
From our guilt His blood has washed us,
'Tis through Him our souls draw nigh;
And Thy Spirit too has taught us
"Abba, Father", thus to cry.

2 Once as prodigals we wandered
In our folly far from Thee;
But Thy grace, o'er sin abounding,
Rescued us from misery;
Thou the prodigals hast pardoned,
Kissed us with a Father's love;
Killed the fatted calf, and called us
E'er to dwell with Thee above.

3 Clothed in garments of salvation,
At Thy table is our place;
We rejoice, and Thou rejoicest,
In the riches of Thy grace.
"It is meet," we hear Thee saying,
"We should merry be and glad;
I have found My once lost children,
Now they live who once were dead."

4 Abba, Father, we adore Thee,
While the hosts in heaven above
E'en in us now learn the wonders
Of Thy wisdom, grace, and love.
Soon before Thy throne assembled,
All Thy children shall proclaim
Abba's love as shown in Jesus,
And how full is Abba's name!