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Monday, July 08, 2013

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

We sang this in church the other day. Our church sings hymns and this is one of the more ancient and beautiful. This was written in the 400's. I love singing hymns that have been in the church for so long. It is taken from Habakkuk 2:20: "But the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.” If you take the time to read the words you will be humbled by the power of God and the glory of the Lord. It makes me think of the terrible yet wonderful sacrifice that the Lord made for His children.

As Philippians 2:8-12 says:

And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
And with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly minded,
For with blessing in His hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth
Our full homage to demand.

King of kings, yet born of Mary,
As of old on earth He stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture,
In the body and the blood;
He will give to all the faithful
His own self for heavenly food.

Rank on rank the host of heaven
Spreads its vanguard on the way,
As the Light of light descendeth
From the realms of endless day,
That the powers of hell may vanish
As the darkness clears away.

At His feet the six winged seraph,
Cherubim with sleepless eye,
Veil their faces to the presence,
As with ceaseless voice they cry:
Alleluia, Alleluia
Alleluia, Lord Most High!
(Trinity Hymnal, 193)