Our Father Bless'd, To Us Bestows
During Sunday evening (!) worship a few weeks ago, I was refreshed to hear again a hymn by Derek Thomas and Paul Jones. The hymn is entitled "Our Father Bless'd, To Us Bestows." I believe we may have posted it before, but Lord willing someone from the ref21 staff will make it magically appear on this blog soon.
The hymn is based on Ephesians 1 and is notable for including several themes that are often under-represented in the church's hymnody: election, covenant, suffering, and adoption. It is a good example, then, of the benefit of hymns that are closely tied to the words of Scripture, and therefore help to give us a diet of biblical doctrines in their biblical proportions.