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.
A stand-alone lyric to use with a number of hymn tunes
This is the first time I’ve written a lyric without an accompanying melody, for use specifically with hymn tunes fitting the metrical pattern 18.104.22.168 D. I originally imagined it with the Haydn tune “Austria” – best known as the tune for “Glorious things of Thee are spoken” and the German National Anthem – but it will work with other tunes (including “Hyfrydol”).
Each verse of the lyric focuses on one Person of the Trinity. Modern worship songs are often criticized for their vagueness in addressing God – often using generic terms like “Lord” and jumbling together a random selection of attributes of Father, Son and Spirit! And in so doing we can miss out on the richness of the worshipping Godhead of the Trinity. My hope is that this lyric can help us to recover some of that depth and richness in our worship.