It isn’t often that we get to sing words like those in this great old hymn. Perhaps there are too few hymns/songs that enable us to express the reality of both our deepest sadness in the burdensome carrying of our cross for the sake of Christ, but also at the same moment express the security we can know in the arms of our loving heavenly Father.
4. Go, then, earthly fame and treasure,
Come disaster, scorn and pain
In Thy service, pain is pleasure,
With Thy favor, loss is gain
I have called Thee Abba Father,
I have stayed my heart on Thee
Storms may howl, and clouds may gather;
All must work for good to me.
We actually sang more modern lyrics on Saturday (see below). The music we used is a new tune that is so simple to play the only struggle is to maintain momentum and a variety in the dynamic through all 6 verses, but perhaps a song of such weight just needs simple backing – just let the words speak?
Sheet music is free to download here
Lyrics used at London Men’s Convention click here