Come praise and glorify

Come Praise and Glorify is written by Bob Kauflin (Sovereign Grace Music) and Tim Chester (The Crowded House, Sheffield). It is featured on the album ‘The Gathering’ which is a CD recorded live at Worship God 2011. A recording of the song can be found here and free resources (sheet music etc) can be downloaded here.

The song is a setting of Paul’s hymn of praise from Ephesians 1 and it’s great to see how faithful the song is to God’s word. Kauflin and Chester have skilfully and wisely crafted the lyrics so that we can sing from exactly the same hymn sheet as Paul. Some of the themes highlighted in both the passage and the song include: our spiritual blessings in Christ, our adoption in Christ, our redemption through Christ’s sacrifice and our inheritance in Christ guaranteed by the Holy Spirit. You can clearly see how this plays out with the passage split up around the lyrics below:

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ…

Come praise and glorify our God
The Father of our Lord
In Christ He has in heav’nly realms
His blessings on us poured
For pure and blameless in His sight
He destined us to be
And now we’ve been adopted through
His Son eternally

6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9 And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.

Come praise and glorify our God
Who gives His grace in Christ
In Him our sins are washed away
Redeemed through sacrifice
In Him God has made known to us
The myst’ry of His will
That Christ should be the head of all
His purpose to fulfill

13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

Come praise and glorify our God
For we’ve believed the Word
And through our faith we have a seal
The Spirit of the Lord
The Spirit guarantees our hope
Until redemption’s done
Until we join in endless praise
To God, the Three in One

To the praise of Your glory
To the praise of Your mercy and grace
To the praise of Your glory
You are the God who saves

We first introduced this song in 2012 and I must admit it has been a grower. At first hearing I thought it was a good song but it didn’t instantly grab my attention. However, since realising how blatantly biblical the lyrics are, I have grown to love it.

Musically, I think the song is excellent. I love the way that it uses refreshing chord progressions (the second bar jumps to chord VII of the relative minor!) and has a melody with a modal feel, supporting the words really well. We’ve found it really easy to sing congregationally, with people picking it up quickly and using it to encourage each other and praise God joyfully.

It’s a great song to sing at the start of a service as it is a call to corporate praise, reminding us of great truths about our God, with the chorus allowing his redeemed people to praise him for his mercy and grace, shown to us in Christ.

Matt Dennis
Christ Church Fulwood

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