4846. O Great God of Nations

1. O great God of nations, revive us, we pray,
Raise prodigal hearts to contrition today;
In pride have we turned from Your life giving Word,
Embracing the darkness while truth goes unheard.
Create deep within us a clean heart today,
Renew a right spirit, and teach us to say:
Awaken, my soul, and send anthems above,
To Him who is yearning to bless you in love.

2. Forsake not Your people though far we do roam,
As hedonists, spendthrifts, abandoning home;
But finally, throwing our folly aside,
We see You are waiting with arms open wide.
We plead Your forgiveness, our Father, we pray,
O heal prideful blindness and teach us to say:
How mighty the love that can conquer our sin,
And open the door to the banquet within.

3. In faith and in gratitude, then, must we share
The good news of Jesus with lands everywhere,
With peoples still groping and stumbling in night;
For them You command us to send out the light.
To shout from the rooftops, proclaim o’er the wave,
That Christ has redeemed from the depths of the grave:
Pour out, then, Your Spirit, afresh in this hour,
Enable our tongues to speak out with Your power.

Text Information
First Line: O great God of nations, revive us, we pray
Title: O Great God of Nations
Author: Richard W. Adams (2001)
Language: English
Copyright: Words & musical arrangement © 2001 Richard W. Adams. These lyrics & musical arrangement may be freely reproduced or published for Christian worshipor devotions, provided they are not altered, & this notice is on each copy. All other
Notes: Alternate tunes: CRADLE SONG, William J. Kirkpatrick, 1895; GORDON, Adoniram J. Gordon, 1876; PROTECTION, Joseph Funk, 1832; SANKEY, Ira D. Sankey, 1877; ST. DENIO, John Roberts, 1839
Tune Information
Composer: Jonathan Edwards Spilman (1880)
Arranger: Rich­ard W. Ad­ams (2001)
Incipit: 51117 11566 55523
Key: A Major
Copyright: © 2001 Richard W. Adams. Reproduce or publish freely for Christian worship or devotions.
Notes: Writ­ten while at the Tran­syl­van­ia Law School, 1837

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