Sunday, August 03, 2008

Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs ~ "How Sweet and Awful is the Place"

Trinity hymnal, #271

How sweet and awful is the place
With Christ within the doors,
While everlasting love displays
The choicest of her stores.

While all our hearts and all our songs
Join to admire the feast,
Each of us cry, with thankful tongues,
"Lord, why was I a guest?"

Why was I made to hear thy voice,
And enter while there's room,
When thousands make a wretched choice,
And rather starve than come?"

'Twas the same love that spread the feast
That sweetly drew us in;
Else we had still refused to taste,
And perished in our sin.

Pity the nations, O our God,
Constrain the earth to come;
Send thy victorious Word abroad,
And bring the strangers home.

We long to see thy churches full,
That all the chosen race
May, with one voice and heart and soul,
Sing thy redeeming grace.


Elle said...

I only first heard this hymn this year, at our church. I simply wept at the awesome doctrines taught within. And the sweet tune moved me to tears. This is a hymn of such glory.

Connie said...

elle: I too have been moved to tears while singing and/or thinking on the truths of this hymn. In my opinion, the truly 'great' hymns so engage our minds with the truth of Scripture that our only response can be humble and amazed thanks.