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Litany of Praise: Our Covenanting God

Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

This song affirms that, as children of God, our identity comes from God who calls us his own. Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 2 speaks of God’s promise which first came to Abraham (paragraph 21) and gives even more firm assurance when it says that “from the beginning through all the crises of our times, until the kingdom fully comes, God keeps covenant forever...”

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Litany of Praise: Our Covenanting God

Words of Praise

Sung or Spoken Refrain:
I am your God; you are my people.
We bless and thank you, Lord our God,
for the promise you spoke to Noah:
“I establish my covenant with you:
Never again will all life
be destroyed
by the waters
of a flood.”
(Gen. 9:11)
With joy,
your people heard the sure promise:
Refrain
For the promise you spoke
to Abraham and Sarah:
“I will establish my covenant
as an everlasting covenant
between me and you
and your descendants
after you
for the generations
to come,
to be your God and the God
of your descendants
after you.”
(Gen. 17:7)
With joy,
your people heard the sure promise:
Refrain
For the promise you spoke to Moses, Miriam,
and the people of Israel:
“If you obey me fully
and keep my covenant,
then you will be
my treasured possession.
You will be for me a kingdom of priests
and a holy nation.”
(Ex. 19:5-6)
With joy,
your people heard the sure promise:
Refrain
For the promise you spoke to David:
“I will raise up your offspring
to succeed you,
your own flesh and blood,
and I will establish the throne
of his kingdom forever.”
(2 Sam. 7:12-13)
With joy,
your people heard the sure promise:
Refrain
For the promise
you spoke through Jeremiah:
“This is the covenant I will make
with the people of Israel:
I will put my law in their minds
and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.”
(Jer. 31:33)
With joy,
your people heard the sure promise:
Refrain
For the promise you spoke through Jesus:
“This is my blood
of the new covenant,
which is poured out for many
for the forgiveness of sins.”

(Matt. 26:28/Luke 22:20)
With joy,
your people heard the sure promise:
Refrain
Heirs of the promise, called by your Spirit,
we hear again these gracious promises.
With joy and trust we declare:
You are our God; we are your people.

Other biblical references to God’s covenanting love can be added as appropriate to a given service.
— Lift Up Your Hearts (http://www.liftupyourheartshymnal.org)
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Litany of Praise: Our Covenanting God

Tune Information

Name
JANNA (fragment)
Key
D Major
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Litany of Praise: Our Covenanting God

Hymn Story/Background

The sung refrain is taken from the hymn “You Are Our God; We Are Your People” (see LUYH 35). 
 
 

Composer Information

David A. Hoekema (b. Paterson, NJ, 1950) is currently an professor of philosophy at his alma mater, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received a Ph.D. from Princeton University, taught philosophy at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota (1977-1984), and was executive director of the American Philosophical Association while teaching philosophy at the University of Delaware (1984-1993). In addition to many journal articles on philosophical issues, he has published Rights and Wrongs: Coercion, Punishment and the State (1986).
— Bert Polman
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