Jesus said that those who do not “receive the Kingdom of God as a little child will not enter it.” Thomerson’s hymn is childlike: simple in rhetoric, profound in meaning. It is a confession of faith in Christ (st. 1), of love for him (st. 2) and of joy celebrating the promise of the joy of “the city of God” once revealed to the apostle John (st. 3). It sounds familiar because nearly every line is based on Scripture.
Sing! A New Creation
The Canons of Dort V, 13 explain that our assurance of eternal security and perseverance cannot “produce immorality or lack of concern for godliness in those put back on their feet after a fall, but it produces a much greater concern to observe carefully the way which the Lord prepared in advance” and it is “an incentive to a serious and continuous practice of thanksgiving and good works...” (Canons of Dort V, 12) Therefore, this sub-section contains songs which express both the desire and the commitment of the believer to walk in obedience for holy living. Woven throughout these songs are expressions of fervent desire for holy living, a dedication to follow God’s will, a surrender of one’s will, and prayers for the Holy Spirit to continue his sanctifying work.