Speak, O Lord

I enjoy reading hymns, especially those that have become all-too-familiar. That’s because many of their melodies are so enjoyable and so well-known that I fail to connect with the words that I am actually singing. You know what I mean, yes? When you find that the hymn has somehow managed to skip your brain stem on the way out of your mouth. Reading them is devotional.

For me one such hymn is Keith Getty and Stuart Townend’s “Speak, O Lord.” The song has been around for a decade now, and  it is one that I have heard many times. Yet it wasn’t until this week, as I have been studying for a sermon on “Supernatural Wisdom,” that many of its words came into focus.

I’m now preoccupied with this simple and profound truth: God speaks to us through His written Word; planting it deep within to transform and conform us into His likeness.

Press play and listen to the song while following along with the lyrics below.

Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
To receive the food of your holy word.
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,
That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us
All Your purposes, for Your glory.

Teach us Lord full obedience,
Holy reverence, true humility.
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity.
Cause our faith to rise
Cause our eyes to see,
Your majestic love and authority.
Words of power that can never fail;
Let their truth prevail over unbelief.

Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us.
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time,
That will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we’ll stand on Your promises;
And by faith we’ll walk as You walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, ’til your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory.

This song1 is found in the new Hymns of Grace. As I have written before, I love this resource, use it as a devotional tool, and would encourage you to pick up a copy.

1 Hymns of Grace (Los Angeles: The Master’s Seminary Press, 2016). 368-369.