Word of God

Word of God, O sacred treasure

Author: William M. Runyan
Tune: [Word of God, O sacred treasure]
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1. Word of God, O sacred treasure!
Sage and shepherd, king and priest,
Moved by God’s own Holy Spirit,
Brought to men thy wondrous feast.

Word of God, Word of God,
Heaven’s light abides in thee;
Through sin’s darkness all abroad,
Word of God, shine gloriously,
Word of God, shine gloriously.

2. Folded in thy sacred pages,
Where the eyes of men may see,
Is the wisdom of the ages
Given for our liberty. [Refrain]

3. Word of God, thy theme is Jesus,
Jesus and His dying love,
How from sin He fully frees us,
How He points to realms above. [Refrain]

4. Word of God, thy open pages
Call to service, banish fear;
None can idle be, or listless,
If thy great commands they hear. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #7614

Author: William M. Runyan

Showing early musical promise, William Marion Runyan (b. Marion, NY, 1870; d. Pittsburg, KS, 1957) was a substitute church organist by the age of twelve. He became a Methodist minister in 1891 and served several churches in Kansas but turned to evangelism in 1903; he worked for the Central Methodist Conference for the next twenty years. Following that service, Runyan became pastor at the Federated Church at John Brown University, Sulphur Springs, Arkansas. Editor of Christian Workers Magazine, he also served the Moody Bible Institute and was an editor for Hope Publishing Company until his retirement in 1948. Runyan wrote a number of hymn texts, gospel songs, and hymn tunes. Bert Polman Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Word of God, O sacred treasure
Title: Word of God
Author: William M. Runyan
Refrain First Line: Word of God, word of God, heaven's light abide in the
Publication Date: 1919
Copyright: Public Domain


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