to shrink His sprawling mystery…

Lately, I’ve been really getting into the updating of old songs, due in no small part to my recent discovery of a band called Page CXVI.

Then along came this email, with the words to an old hymn that I had never heard before…  Needless to say, these 100+ year old words moved me in a way that most modern music fails to.  I immediately knew that I needed to put them to song.

So I did.

It’s just me and the piano, and it’s somewhat rough and very live-sounding… But I think that simplicity lets the beauty of the words shine through brightly. Give it a listen:

Here are the words:


The truth of God is greater far

 

The truth of God is greater far

Than our poor human mind,

Than any doctrine, creed, or sect,

All partial and confined.

His treasures hold uncounted wealth

That hearts have never heard.

Our boundless God has yet more light

To shine out from His Word.

 

Who dares to limit God Himself

To what we understand,

To shrink His sprawling mystery

And hold it in our hand?

Immensity of purest love!

An ocean unexplored!

Our boundless God has yet more light

To shine out from His Word.

 

O Lord, Your Word is Jesus Christ,

Your truth in us begun,

But O the depths of all He is

And all that He has done!

Let faith and love each day increase

The hunger You have stirred:

May more and more of Christ our Light

Shine brightly from Your Word!

 

Words by Ken Bible and George Rawson (1807-1889)

Music by The Tension (2011)

 

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