I missed Wednesday’s Post and so I am, two days late, posting today the hymn I should have posted on Wednesday! This hymn was written by John Newton, one of my favorite hymn-writers. He is one of my favorite hymn-writers not only because he wrote the hymn “Faith’s Reveiw and Expectation” which later came to be known as “Amazing Grace” but for reasons of the other hymns he wrote like the one today and many, many more hymns of great doctrinal quality.
Wayne Grudem describes this hymn as “a hymn which thanks God for the blessings of being a member of God’s people in general, and therefore a citizen of the heavenly Mount Zion, the heavenly city where God’s people dwell.”
The hymn today is titled “Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken.”
Glorious things of Thee are spoken, Zion, city of our God;
He whose Word cannot be broken formed thee for his own abode:
On the Rock of Ages founded, what can shake thy sure repose?
With salvation’s walls surrounded, thou may’st smile at all thy foes.
See, the streams of living waters, springing from eternal love,
Well supply thy sons and daughters, and all fear of want remove:
Who can faint, while such a river flows their thirst t’assuage?
Grace which, like the Lord, the giver, never fails from age to age.
Round each habitation hov’ring, see the cloud and fire appear
For a glory and cov’ring, showing that the Lord is near:
Thus deriving from their banner light by night and shade by day,
Safe they feed upon the manna which he gives them when they pray.
Savior, if of Zion’s city I, through grace, a member am,
Let the world deride or pity, I will glory in thy name:
Fading is the worldling’s pleasure, all his boasted pomp and show;
Solid joys and lasting treasure none but Zion’s children know.