The Lord our God in mercy spokeAuthor: Isaac Watts (1707, alt.)
Published in 1 hymnal
Audio files: MIDI
1 The Lord our God in mercy spoke:
"A God to you I'll be;
I'll bless your numerous race, and they
shall be a seed to me."
2 That promise Abraham believed
and pledged his child to God,
but water seals the blessing now
that once was sealed with blood.
3 How faithful are the ways of God;
his love endures the same.
He keeps the promise of his grace,
preserves his children's name.
4 So to the parents and their seed
shall God's salvation come,
and numerous households meet at last
in one eternal home.
st. 1 = Gen. 17:7
st. 2 = Gen. 22
st. 3 = Acts 2:38-39
Isaac Watts (PHH 155) first published this baptism hymn in his Hymns and Spiritual Songs (1707). The Psalter Hymnal has omitted Watts's original third stanza and has altered the text considerably to update the language. Originally the first line read 'Thus saith the mercy of the Lord."
The song's four stanzas in the Psalter Hymnal are a "sung theology" of God's covenant with Abraham and his descendants (Gen. 17:7) expressed in the context of baptism. Stanza 4 offers an unusual apocalyptic view of the meaning of baptism.
Most often for infant baptism.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (1 - 1 of 1)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #275||The Lord Our God in Mercy Spoke||The Lord our God in mercy spoke||ARDEN||Isaac Watts||CM||Genesis 17:7; Acts 2:39; Genesis 15:3||1987||Biblical Names & Places | Abraham; Family | ; Baptism | ; Covenant | ; Faithfulness of God | ; New Creation | ; Promises | ; Temptation & Trial ||