Our Father Bless'd, To Us Bestows

Phil Ryken

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.