Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How, Before All Time Began

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will..."  (Ephesians 1:3-5)  
Text written in 2005 to the tune ANGELUS AD VIRGINEM.

How, before all time began,
Before the world’s creation,
Could the Lord conceive His plan
Of mercy and salvation?
Yet, from that high and timeless place,
God chose to save our death-bound race:
Emmanuel—as prophets tell the story
In Scripture as we know,
Would veil in flesh His glory                        
And dwell with us below!

To the darkness of our night
And to our need attending,
Came the Word as Light of Light
Beyond our comprehending—
Radiant within the virgin’s womb;
Dawning as day upon our gloom.
Hail, Jacob’s Star!  For all You are now shining
Your beam of grace on earth,
Your royal might confining
Within such humble birth.

As the presence of a king
Brings honor to a city,
Bethlehem, be glad and sing                               
Your Sov’reign’s tender pity;
Join all the angels who rejoice;
Let ev’ry creature raise its voice—               
Sing “Glory be to God!” For He is solely
The God who comes to save
And to our world unholy,
The Prince of Peace He gave.

Tarshish lords from distant shore,
Come pay your tribute to Him;
Kings of Sheba, kneel before
The One with worship due Him.
Rise up, O nations!  See!  Your Lord!   
Long may He live and be adored!        
Oh may His fame and holy Name, transcending
Each name upon this sphere,   
Be sung with praise unending
For love so pure and near!