Mercy and Rule (on Psalm 110)
[Continuing the idea of a hymn for Sundays]
Where is the kingdom of the Lord?
the victory divine?
accomplishing by powerful Word,
Mysterious mercy: mutineers
transformed invisibly –
a multitude of volunteers
now serve Christ willingly.
Astonishing and splendid grace
that gives the blind true sight
to gladly turn and leave the ranks
of hostile, hopeless night.
The Son is promised Priest and King,
and perfect Sacrifice.
He’s at Jehovah’s side to bring
his help for my distress.
Enthroned in heaven, his rule extends
amidst his enemies –
he saves, but when forbearance ends,
he’ll crush his foes with ease.
Magnificent display of power,
his final Day of war;
Christ will not faint in conquest’s hour,
– we’ll praise him evermore
The LORD says to my Lord: ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.
… Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of your power, …' (Psalm 110:1,3)
Tune: DCM eg tunes of ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ – Forest Green (English
Traditional Melody arr by Ralph Vaughan Williams ) or Christmas Carol by H W Davies