The Light and Heat

Just a brief post this morning.

This is a hymn by William Cowper (1731-1800), perhaps best known as the author of “There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood” and “God Moves in a Mysterious Way”. As Kenneth Osbeck says in his introduction to the hymn, “This hymn teaches an important truth: The same Spirit of God who authored the Bible is the One who enlightens it for our understanding and guidance…”

The Spirit breathes upon the Word, and brings the truth to sight;

Precepts and promises afford a sanctifying light.

A glory gilds the sacred page, majestic like the sun:

It gives a light to ev’ry age; it gives but borrows none.

The Hand that gave it still supplies the gracious light and heat;

His truths upon the nations rise; they rise but never set.

Let everlasting thanks be Thine for such a bright display

As makes a world of darkness shine with beams of heav’nly day.

My soul rejoices to pursue the steps of Him I love,

Till glory breaks upon my view in brighter worlds above.

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