The deep, dark secret of the church is that the beliefs and convictions of Christians are often shaped far more by the hymns we sing than the theological tomes gathering dust on our bookshelves. Songs are avenues for praising God, but they are also tools for imparting knowledge. Singing is a theological exercise, so the words printed in hymnbooks or flashed on screens deserve attention and reflection.

A Hymn We Sung Last Week


Redeemer of Israel

Redeemer of Israel, our only delight,
on whom for a blessing we call,
our shadow by day, and our pillar by night,
our King, our Companion, our All!

We know he is coming to gather his sheep
and plant them in Zion in love;
for why in the valley of death should they weep
or alone in the wilderness rove?

How long we have wandered as strangers in sin
and cried in the desert for thee!
Our foes have rejoiced when our sorrows they’ve seen,
but Israel will shortly be free.

As children of Zion, good tidings for us,
the tokens already appear;
fear not and be just, for the kingdom is ours,
and the hour of redemption is near.