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Paraphrase 30…

24/09/2011

I’ve just been listening to a recording of Paraphrase 30, ‘Come let us to the Lord our God, with contrite hearts, return…’  Sung to the lovely tune KEDRON.

It takes me back in mind to Albert Bridge, where the church choir would sing the paraphrase as an anthem, and it never failed to bring a tear to my eye, as I thought upon the impact of the words, so beautifully expressed.  The paraphrase is from Hosea chapter 6, a call to Israel to repent and return to the Lord.

Come, and let us return to the LORD; For He has torn, but He will heal us;  He has stricken, but He will bind us up.  2 After two days He will revive us;  On the third day He will raise us up,  That we may live in His sight.  3 Let us know,  Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD.  His going forth is established as the morning;  He will come to us like the rain, Like the latter and former rain to the earth.

Written by John Morison and published in 1781, the hymn reminds us that if we return to the Lord, confessing our sins, he will forgive us and restore us.  Here’s a few verses of the paraphrase.  use them in your prayers today…

Come, let us to the Lord our God
With contrite hearts return;
Our God is gracious, nor will leave
The desolate to mourn.

His voice commands the tempest forth
And stills the stormy wave;
And though His arm be strong to smite,
’Tis also strong to save.

Our hearts, if God we seek to know,
Shall know Him, and rejoice;
His coming like the morn shall be,
Like morning songs His voice.

So shall His presence bless our souls,
And shed a joyful light;
That hallowed morn shall chase away
The sorrows of the night.

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