[Continuing the idea of a hymn for Sundays]
As rain comes down on earth
and causes plants to grow,
God’s word accomplishes the things
he’s saying will be so.
Th’eternal God reveals,
declares his mind, decrees:
he spoke – and light and life were born
with supernatural ease.
Christ stood before the tomb,
told Lazarus to come out,
though four days dead, his life returned:
Christ’s call and power don’t doubt.
His gospel promise heard
can open up the mind
to understand, and truth believe,
with power his peace to find.
When Israel groaned as slaves,
God’s promise clear they heard –
he’d rescue them from Egypt’s land:
he then fulfilled his word.
When exiled far away
in Babylon, God said
he’d bring them back in seventy years,
and that is what he did.
He promises to come,
renew this damaged earth;
we know his promises have power
to bring their plans to birth.
Tune: SM eg Franconia by J B König (tune of 'Blest are the pure in heart') or Trentham by Robert Jackson or Carlisle by Charles Lockhart (tunes of 'Breathe on me, breath of God') or Venice by W Amps (tune of 'When God begins a work')
As the rain and snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10,11