Here from All Nations

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1 Here from all nations, all tongues, and all peoples,
countless the crowd but their voices are one.
Vast is the sight and majestic their singing:
"God has the victory: he reigns from the throne!"

2 These have come out of the great tribulation;
now they may stand in the presence of God,
serving their Lord day and night in his temple,
ransomed and cleansed by the Lamb's precious blood.

3 Gone is their thirst and no more shall they hunger;
God is their shelter, his power at their side.
Sun shall not pain them, no burning will torture;
Jesus the Lamb is their shepherd and guide.

4 He will go with them to clear living water
flowing from springs which his mercy supplies.
Gone is their grief, and their trials are over.
God wipes away every tear from their eyes.

5 Blessing and glory and wisdom and power
be to the Savior again and again.
Might and thanksgiving and honor forever
be to our God: Alleluia! Amen.

Versifier: Christopher M. Idle

Christopher Martin Idle (b. Bromley, Kent, England, 1938) was educated at Elthan College, St. Peter's College, Oxford, and Clifton Theological College in Bristol, and was ordained in the Church of England. He served churches in Barrow-in-­Furness, Cumbria; London; and Oakley, Suffolk; and recently returned to London, where he is involved in various hymnal projects. A prolific author of articles on the Christian's public responsibilities, Idle has also published The Lion Book of Favorite Hymns (1980) and at least one hundred of his own hymns and biblical paraphrases. Some of his texts first appeared in hymnals published by the Jubilate Group, with which he is associated. He was also editor of Anglican Praise (1987). In 1998 Hope Publishing… Go to person page >

Notes

Scripture References:
st. l = Rev. 7:9-10
st. 2 = Rev. 7: 14-15a
st. 3 = Rev. 7: 15b-17a
st. 4 = Rev. 7:17
st. 5 = Rev. 7:12

In Revelation 7:9-17 the apostle John records his vision of a great multitude of God's children "from every nation, tribe, people, and language" standing before the Lamb and singing doxologies. The text is a most comforting description of the end of human troubles: no more thirst or hunger, no more griefs or trials. Now the people live by streams of living water under the care of their Shepherd–the complete fulfillment of Psalm 23!

Christopher M. Idle (PHH 20) effectively captures this awe-inspiring vision in his paraphrase "Here from All Nations," written in London in 1972 and first published with O QUANTA QUALIA in the British collection Psalm Praise (1973).

Liturgical Use:
In worship focusing on the worldwide nature of the church; as words of encouragement ;and comfort for those in the midst of troubles and/ or martyrdom; as an exultant doxology; Advent; times when the church focuses on Christ's return and the new heaven and new earth; All Saints' Day; Reformation Day.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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