The Lord is longing for His Bride
|The Lord is longing for His Bride,
All glorious within.
His heart will then be satisfied
When she is fit for Him.
|'Tis by the Word the church is made
Holy and pure as He;
All spots and wrinkles it removes
That she His Bride may be.
|We must redeem these golden days,
Eating the Word in prayer,
Amening every line and phrase,
And thus for Him prepare.
|Oh, how the Word doth penetrate,
Spirit and soul divide,
Revealing every hidden weight
For us to lay aside.
|Lord, how we thank Thee for Thy Word,
Living and operative.
Oh, for Thy coming, we are stirred
Ever by it to live!
|Lord, make us those who bring Thee back,
Who satisfy Thy heart.
Now by Thy Word supply our lack,
Make us Thy counterpart.
Indian River, Michigan, United States
Such a sweet hymn
Detroit, Michigan, United States
This is a beautiful and true hymn. I have previously sung this to a faster tune, but this tune is much more fitting, because being slower, it gives you time to think about the wonderful lines.
Peter says that we can hasten the Lord's return, which is wonderful, but to say we aim to be those who bring the Lord back transfers too much credit from God to us.
I would change the last stanza to:
Lord, may we hasten Your return,
satisfying your heart.
Now, by Your Word, give what we yearn
to be Your counterpart.
Dorchester, MA, United States
amening every line and phrase! that's right!