God is working his purpose out #4thofJuly

God is working his purpose out #4thofJuly July 4, 2016

american-flag-795307_640For some reason this song is stuck in my head this Fourth of July, even though it was written by a British guy.  The Psalter Hymnal Handbook says it’s appropriate for occasions when we want to emphasize “the public task or kingdom work of Christians in the world.” May it be so.


1 God is working his purpose out
as year succeeds to year:
God is working his purpose out,
and the time is drawing near;
nearer and nearer draws the time,
the time that shall surely be,
when the earth shall be filled
with the glory of God
as the waters cover the sea.

2 From utmost east to utmost west,
wherever foot hath trod,
by the mouth of many messengers
goes forth the voice of God;
give ear to me, ye continents,
ye isles, give ear to me,
that earth may filled
with the glory of God
as the waters cover the sea.

3 March we forth in the strength of God,
with the banner of Christ unfurled,
that the light of the glorious gospel of truth
may shine throughout the world:
fight we the fight with sorrow and sin
to set their captives free,
that earth may filled
with the glory of God
as the waters cover the sea.

4 All we can do is nothing worth
unless God blesses the deed;
vainly we hope for the harvest-tide
till God gives life to the seed;
yet nearer and nearer draws the time,
the time that shall surely be,

when the earth shall be filled
with the glory of God
as the waters cover the sea.


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