38. O God of Truth, Whose Living Word

1 O God of truth, whose living word
upholds whate'er hath breath,
look down on thy creation, Lord,
enslaved by sin and death.

2 Set up thy standard, Lord, that we
who claim a heav'nly birth,
may march with thee to smite the lies
That vex thy groaning earth.

3 We fight for truth? we fight for God?
Poor slaves of lies and sin!
They who would fight for thee on earth
must first be pure within.

4 Then, God of truth, for whom we long,
thou who wilt hear our prayer,
do thine own battle in our hearts,
and slay the falsehood there.

5 Yea, come: then tried as in the fire,
from ev'ry lie set free,
thy perfect truth shall dwell in us,
and we shall live in thee.

Text Information
First Line: O God of truth, whose living word
Title: O God of Truth, Whose Living Word
Author: Thomas Hughes (1857)
Publication Date: 1985
Meter: CM
Scripture: Proverbs 17:3; Psalm 33:6
Topic: Warfare, Spiritual; Hymns with Descants; Who Pardons All Your Iniquities
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: MARTYRS
Composer (desc.): Erik Routley
Meter: CM
Key: d minor or modal
Source: Scottish Psalter, 1635



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