Monday, February 02, 2004

Favorite hymn #2

How Good, Lord, to Be Here
By: Joseph A. Robinson
Hymn #89 from Lutheran Worship
Composer: J.S. Bach
Tune: Potsdam
1st Published in: 1904

How good, Lord, to be here!
Your glory fills the night;
Your face and garments, like the sun,
Shine with unborrowed light.

How good, Lord, to be here,
Your beauty to behold
Where Moses and Elijah stand,
Your messengers of old.

Fulfiller of the past
And hope of things to be!
We hail your body glorified
And our redemption see.

Before we taste of death,
We see your kingdom come;
We long to hold the vision bright
And make this hill our home.

How good, Lord, to be here!
Yet we may not remain;
But since you bid us leave the mount,
Come with us to the plain.

This hymn is based on events recorded in Matthew 17:1-2, Mark 9:1-3, and Luke 9:27-29. I like this hymn because it deals with "mountaintop experiences". We all have events in our lives that stand out because we're having such a great time that we hate to see the event come to a close: like a reunion with old friends or a wonderful vacation. I like to think that's what heaven will be like. One big long mountaintop experience that will have no end!!

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