April 26, 2010

give reviving

the current sermon series at Grace Pres. is on Spiritual Renewal and Revival. in response to yesterday's sermon called "What Renewal Is and Isn't", the music team sang "Give Reviving", which was a fitting meditation on Drew's guidance from Exodus 33, that we seek revival for ourselves and others through praying that God would "wake [his] slumbering children".

this is a hymn written originally by Albert Midlane (19th cent.), who wrote over 300 hymns for children (many great hymns were originally written for children, and were later picked up by the adults; cf. Horatius Bonar). Chelsey Scott updated the words and wrote music along with Aaron Sands. she recorded it for the 5th Indelible Grace album (embedded here), and Sandra McCracken recorded it for her latest hymn project In Feast Or Fallow (which releases 4/27 and I will post about shortly).



Give Reviving
1. Father for Thy, promised blessing,
Still we plead before Thy throne
For the times of, sweet refreshing,
Which can come from Thee alone
Blessed earnests, Thou hast given,
But in these we would not rest
Blessings still with, Thee are hidden,
Pour them forth and make us blest!

2. Prayer ascendeth to Thee ever,
Answer! Father, answer prayer
Bless oh bless each, weak endeavor,
Blood-bought pardon to declare
Wake Thy slumbering, children wake them,
Bid them to Thy harvest go
Blessings O our, Father make,
Round their steps let blessings flow

3. Let no people be forgotten,
Let Thy showers on all descend
That in one loud blessed anthem,
millions may in triumph blend
Give reviving, give refreshing,
Give the looked-for Jubilee
To Thyself may, crowds be pressing,
Bringing glory unto Thee
Words: Albert Midlane; Chelsey Scott, alt.
Music: Chelsey Scott; Aaron Sands
© 2007 Innocent Smith (admin by The Loving Company)/Petit Bateaux Music (ASCAP).