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Hymn: Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder

Introduction

Group"Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder" was written in 1774 by John Newton, author of the beloved hymn "It Is Well." Tony Reinke of Desiring God recently released an incredible new biography about John Newton, which you can order on Amazon.

Hymn Text

Let us love and sing and wonder,
Let us praise the Saviors Name!
He has hushed the law
s loud thunder,
He has quenched Mount Sinai
s flame.
He has washed us with His blood,
He has brought us nigh to God. 

Let us love the Lord Who bought us,
Pitied us when enemies,
Called us by His grace, and taught us,
Gave us ears and gave us eyes:
He has washed us with His blood,
He presents our souls to God. 

Let us sing, though fierce temptation
Threaten hard to bear us down!
For the Lord, our strong Salvation,
Holds in view the conqueror
s crown:
He Who washed us with His blood
Soon will bring us home to God. 

Let us wonder; grace and justice
Join and point to mercy
s store;
When through grace in Christ our trust is,
Justice smiles and asks no more:
He Who washed us with His blood
Has secured our way to God. 

Let us praise, and join the chorus
Of the saints enthroned on high;
Here they trusted Him before us,
Now their praises fill the sky:
Thou hast washed us with Your blood;
Thou art worthy, Lamb of God!
 

Hark! the Name of Jesus, sounded
Loud, from golden harps above!
Lord, we blush, and are confounded,
Faint our praises, cold our love!
Wash our souls and songs with blood,
For by Thee we come to God.

Theological Emphasis

Few hymns marry the practice of revelation and response like Newtons Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder. This text is laid with care and intentionality as Newton calls us to worship God with the first line of each verse. In each call to worship he fuels the flame of devotion by setting before us what God has done on our behalf. He clearly reminds us both of Gods upheld justice and also of our justification in Him alone. Our God is the God who calls us, washes us, brings us near, secures us, and liberates us.  

Newtons theology is fixed on his heart. There is no room in his understanding of theology that it would not rest in his affections. Let us love, let us wonder, let us sing--he shepherds his own soul along with ours as he recalls the goodness of God.  We often feel our hearts grow cold and our minds unaffected. We hear the loud thunder of the law, and feel the echoes of Egypt ringing in our bones, but the approval of God is louder than the whisper of the curse. His mercy triumphs over judgment.

Matt Boswell (@mattboswell) is the worship pastor at Providence Church in Frisco, Texas, and is the founder of Doxology & Theology.

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