We Are Heirs of God Almighty

We introduced Stuart Townend’s new hymn We Are Heirs of God Almighty to TCBC this morning. It is a tremendous text, rejoicing in each member of the Trinity and in our relationship to them. I especially love how it connects our worship of God with our every-day obedience–worship in all of life! We often praise God for what He has done, or we make promises to Him about what we will do. This hymn, however, rejoices in what God is continually doing in the life of the believer (especially in verses 2-3). We rarely sing praise to God for producing fruit in our lives or for helping us to deny our fleshly desires. I think Townsend is on to something!

The tune which Townend recommends and which we used is the majestic Austria by Franz Joseph Haydn. Glorious!

We are heirs of God Almighty,
Apple of the Father’s eye;
Free, forgiven, loved, accepted,
Clothed in righteousness divine.
Chosen to be pure and blameless
From before the world began;
Grace for every situation,
Sheltered in the Father’s hand.

We have Christ at work within us,
Shaping us to be like Him;
Resurrection power sustaining
Freedom from the snares of sin.
Saying no to flesh desires,
Saying yes to righteous ways;
Filled with passion and with power,
Lights that burn in darkened days.

We’ve the Spirit without measure,
Helper, Comforter and Guide;
One who brings the gifts of heaven,
One who comes to walk beside.
Taste of heaven’s endless pleasure,
Guarantee of what’s to come;
Causing fruit to grow in action,
Bringing glory to the Son.

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2 Responses

  1. I agree totally with you about the power of the word when married to Haydn’s well-known tune. I am a little puzzled by the syntax of line 7 in the first verse – it ought surely to be a participle, e.g “graced or braced for every situation” or something similar. I wondered if a misprint had occurred.

  2. Hi, Malcolm. Thanks for chiming in.

    I don’t think it’s a misprint, but it does seem that “graced” would make more since and maintain the consistency of the text up to that point.

    One of the great challenges of hymn writing is to maintain proper syntax rather than merely putting out a series of dangling statements. Normally Townend accomplishes this well, but the more I look at it, I think the line you mentioned (and even the entire 2nd sentence of v. 1) isn’t ideal.

    That said, (a) it’s been a blessing to us and (b) my critiquing Townend is probably like my four-year-old sidewalk chalk artist daughter critiquing Michelangelo. :)

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