Tuesday Hymns: “Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast”

John Cawood was an Anglican curate in the first half of the nineteenth century in England whose hymns are not well known in the twenty-first century, yet have been built on a Biblical foundation. Our Tuesday Hymn for this week, Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast, is based on the parable of the sower in Matthew 13. It speaks of the power of the Word in changing the hearts of people.

This is one of the reasons why the Word of God should have a prominent place in Reformed Worship. As Terry Johnson, pastor of Independent Presbyterian Church (Yes, I recognize that the preceding phrase is an oxymoron), Savannah, Georgia, has so wisely written:

The simple, spiritual, reverent worship of the Calvinistic heritage [is] worship in which we read, preach, pray, and sing the Bible. It alone can sustain and nurture Reformed faith and piety. Here we have order without suffocation, freedom without chaos, edification without entertainment, reverence without rote. Reformed worship aims Soli Deo Gloria, and in so doing provides a format in which true worship may take place. God is the focus and not man. God’s word determines the order of worship and not the inventions and traditions of man. The glory then goes to God alone!” (Reformed Worship, page 68)

The hymn is most often sung to the tune, Dunfermline.

Almighty God, Your Word is cast
Like seed into the ground;
Now let the dew of Heav’n descend,
And righteous fruits abound.

Let not the foe of Christ and man
This holy seed remove,
But give it root in ev’ry heart
To bring forth fruits of love.

Let not the world’s deceitful cares
The rising plant destroy.
But let it yield a hundredfold
The fruits of peace and joy

Nor let Your Word so kindly sent
To raise us to Your throne
Return to You, and sadly tell
That we reject Your Son.

Oft as the precious seed is sown,
Your quick’ning grace bestow,
That all whose souls the truth receive,
Its saving power may know.

Great God, come down and on Your Word
Your mighty power bestow,
That all who hear the joyful sound,
Your saving grace may know.


1 Comment

  1. June 14, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    […] beautiful hymn based on the Parable of the Sower: “Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast” from  Pastor Clifton Rankin’s […]

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