Speak, O Lord

Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
To receive the food of Your Holy Word.
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,
That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us 
All Your purposes for Your glory.

Teach us, Lord, full obedience,
Holy reverence, true humility;
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity.
Cause our faith to rise; cause our eyes to see
Your majestic love and authority.
Words of pow’r that can never fail—
Let their truth prevail over unbelief.

Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us—
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time
That will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we’ll stand on Your promises,
And by faith we’ll walk as You walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, till Your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory.

This song by Keith Getty and Stuart Townsend is new to me, but it is quickly becoming a favorite.  I like that it is intentionally corporate and communal; the personal pronouns in it are plural.  Also, each verse includes reference to both vertical (God-us) and horizontal (people-us) relationships, emphasizing that our vertical relationship motivates change and direction through our horizontal relationships.  

This song also cultivates our dependence on God and His Word.  The implication is that if He doesn’t speak, we will not and cannot be who He calls us to be.  This dependence flies in the face of natural human desires to manage difficulty and to organize the messiness and beauty of growth.  Humility must be cultivated, and these words are a good tool.  

What a prayer to pray as a people, and what a reminder of what God longs to do in and through us: fulfill His purposes for His glory, see His truth prevail over unbelief, and fill the earth with His glory!


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