Tuesday Hymns: “Lord of the Sabbath, Hear Us Pray”

Philip Doddridge (1702-1751) was the youngest of twenty (yes, twenty) children to a man who dealt with “oils and pickles” in London, England. His grandfather had the Biblical and spiritual integrity to resign his pastorate when the Act of Uniformity was passed in 1662 and became a non-conformist minister.

Doddridge followed in his grandfather’s footsteps, becoming a non-conformist minister, educator, and author of books and hymns. He died of tuberculosis in 1751 in Lisbon, Portugal. This past Sunday night we closed our worship service with his beautiful hymn, “Lord of the Sabbath, Hear Us Pray,” which is our Tuesday Hymn for this week. The hymn speaks of the Christian Sabbath (the Lord’s Day); its blessing to man now, and its prophetic look at a future “nobler rest above.” It is sung to the tune, GERMANY.

Lord of the Sabbath, hear us pray,
In this Your house, on this Your day;
And own, as grateful sacrifice,
The songs which from Your temple rise.

Now met to pray and bless Your Name,
Whose mercies flow each day the same;
Whose kind compassions never cease,
We seek instruction, pardon, peace.

Your earthly Sabbaths, Lord, we love,
But there’s a nobler rest above;
To that our laboring souls aspire
With ardent hope and strong desire.

In Your blest kingdom we shall be
From every mortal trouble free;
No sighs shall mingle with the songs
Resounding from immortal tongues.

No rude alarms of raging foes;
No cares to break the long repose;
No midnight shade, no waning moon,
But sacred, high, eternal noon.

O long expected day, begin,
Dawn on these realms of woe and sin!
Break, morn of God, upon our eyes;
And let the world’s true Sun arise!


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