Hymn from Revelation 5
Tune: “St Petersburg,” by Dimitri Bortniansky, died A.D. 1825; public domain. Or other 188.8.131.52.8.8. tune (six lines of 8 syllables each). One place to find it is #535 in the old “Trinity Hymnal;” another is 73B in “The Book of Psalms for Singing.” (73A and 73C are other great 184.108.40.206.8.8.tunes, though I don’t think they’d fit these words very well.)
God’s wondrous law has seven seals
Its perfect wisdom who reveals?
Shall we weep for God’s hidden law?
No let us all bown down in awe
of Christ, God’s Lamb for sinners slain
who kept God’s law and rose again.
Elders and beasts and angel host
praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
All creatures join the glorious strain
and round th throne it roars again:
“The Lamb is Worthy to receive
all blessings God and we can give.”
On hearts of men from every tribe
God’s Spirit will his law inscribe.
The Father gives them to the Son
in countless millions, one by one.
The Son has washed them with his blood
and made them kings and priests of God.
This was sung once by New City Fellowship Chattanooga, I think during the 1980s, and once at a Biblical Horizons conference, possibly A.D. 1999 (the conference on eschatology, I’m pretty sure.)
Look at the Bible, and look at the song, and sing it if it’s good. If you want to change “will” to “doth” in the last stanza and/or “them” to “us,” or “hearts of men” to “people’s hearts,” go ahead.
The book (other than the Bible) that probably most influenced me when I wrote this was PARADISE RESTORED, by David Chilton of mostly blessed memory. When I first learned about eschatology (the doctrine of Jesus coming back to earth), I hardly heard about anything but pretrib premillenialism, the Hal Lindsey Tim LaHaye school of thought. When I learned, in doctrine class under Dr. John M. L. Young of blessed memory, that devout, thoughtful Christians had been known to hold widely different positions, I advanced into uncertainty, and remained there for several years without studying the matter.
And it came to pass that I got an ad in the mail for some stuff about eschatology, and I decided, hmmm, maybe it’s time for me to look at this again. And one of the things I ordered was Chilton’s PARADISE RESTORED. I was ready for it. It helped me tremendously. It showed me Bible symbolism; there’s plenty of stuff to take literally, but there are good Biblical examples of some things that paint pictures. It showed me that the destruction fo Jerusalem and the Temple in A.D. 70 was an important event in New Testament prophecy–a worldshaking event for the NT church, well worth their attention. It simplified eschatology. After further study and thought there are details I might disagree about, but it’s a good book, short, fun to read, teachng important truths. (Chiton’s big fat commentary on Revelation stuck me as largely PARADISE RESTORED blown up from 200 pages to 600.)