Hymn of the Month

MAY, 2022


COME PRAISE AND GLORIFY

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By Bob Kauflin, Tim Chester


Come Praise and Glorify

Verse 1

Come praise and glorify our God

The Father of our Lord

In Christ He has in heav’nly realms

His blessings on us poured

For pure and blameless in His sight

He destined us to be

And now we’ve been adopted through

His Son eternally

 

Chorus:

To the praise of Your glory

To the praise of Your mercy and grace

To the praise of Your glory

You are the God who saves

 

Verse 2

Come praise and glorify our God

Who gives His grace in Christ

In Him our sins are washed away

Redeemed through sacrifice

In Him God has made known to us

The myst’ry of His will

That Christ should be the head of all

His purpose to fulfill

 

Verse 3

Come praise and glorify our God

For we’ve believed the Word

And through our faith we have a seal

The Spirit of the Lord

The Spirit guarantees our hope

Until redemption’s done

Until we join in endless praise

To God, the Three in One


                                                                                                                       

About this Hymn

Our Hymn of the Month, Come Praise and Glorify, is based on Ephesians 1:3-14.  Originally introduced in 2011 and included on the Sovereign Grace album, Together for the Gospel Live II, Bob Kauflin says of this hymn:


“I wrote this with Tim Chester, a pastor in Sheffield, UK, who has written over 20 books (including Total Church, You Can Change, and A Meal with Jesus). The fact that I wrote a song with Tim is purely providential.


“I was leading the music at the New Word Alive conference this past April and happened to stay in a flat with Tim and his wife, Helen. I thoroughly enjoyed a couple late night chats with Tim and after I got home he sent me some of the songs he had written that they sang at his church. One of them based on Ephesians 1, stood out to me as ideal for the project we were working on, The Gathering. I fooled around with different melodies (with a little help from my friends), and finally landed on one we liked. I sent it to Tim and he graciously gave us permission to record it with my melody.


“One of the things I appreciate about the lyric is the way it incorporates so many of the truths in Ephesians 1. Those include our blessings in Christ, God’s predestining us to be blameless in his sight, our adoption in Christ, our redemption in Christ, God’s purposes in Christ, receiving the Word of the gospel, and our inheritance in Christ being sealed by the Spirit. A veritable theological feast! I edited Tim’s original chorus slightly to draw attention to the fact that the God’s glory and grace are revealed through his being the God who saves.”

Bob KauflinWorship Matters: Come Praise and Glorify, December 14, 2011; https://worshipmatters.com/about/


                                                                                                                       

About the Songwriter

Bob Kauflin is director of Sovereign Grace Music. He equips pastors and musicians in the theology and practice of congregational worship and serves as one of the elders at Sovereign Grace Church in Louisville, Kentucky.



He writes at worshipmatters.com and is author of True Worshipers: Seeking What Matters to God.

                                                                                                                       


We are commanded to, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs." (Colossians 3:16). Accordingly, we incorporate hymns into our regular Sunday morning worship at Pacific Hope Church. We firmly believe in equipping God's people with the knowledge of His Word through sound teaching in our classes, Bible studies, and even in our Sunday morning worship. Our worship will always be with the purpose of exalting the Lord to His proper place; it is never man-centered or seeking to create an emotional experience.