Yesterday we heard a sermon on God speaking to us through his word. The hymn that followed this was “Powerful in making us wise to salvation” by Christopher Idle.
From the first verse, we are reminded of a vital function of God’s word from 2 Timothy 3 v 15 “…how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” The only reason that we know how to be made right with God is that it has been revealed to us in the Bible.
Not only that, continuing in God’s word is vital as we live our Christian lives and seek to find out what he wants us to do.
Incidentally, I hadn’t realised until yesterday that this can be sung to the tune of “Great is Thy faithfulness” (Verses only). Further research showed that someone has actually written an additional chorus so that the full tune can be used….
Powerful in making us wise to salvation,
Witness to faith in Christ Jesus the Word;
Breathed out for all by the life-giving Father
These are the scriptures and thus speaks the Lord
Hammer for action and compass for travel,
Map in the desert and lamp in the dark;
Teaching, rebuking, correcting and training –
These are the scriptures and this is their work.
Christopher Idle / Jubilate Hymns