Tuesday, September 13, 2016

HYMN: The Man of Flesh is Earthly-Minded

It seems like, every time I get sick, something in my brain says, "It's time to write a hymn." The first time it was my Litany hymn; this time, it's bringing me out of my unintentional hiatus from hymn writing. I had a mad dash of productivity in February, and then...pretty much nothing. It's nice to be back. Anyway, here's a hymn for the Eighth Sunday After Trinity. (I'm very far ahead for next year!) The appointed Gospel is Matthew 7:15-23, where Jesus warns us to beware of false prophets. Let me know what you think. Feedback is love.

The Man of Flesh is Earthly-Minded

1. The man of flesh is earthly-minded.
With itching ears he seeks to hear
From teachers and false prophets, blinded
By love of wealth and mortal fear.
They speak a word to please the crowd:
Self-righteous, haughty, vain, and proud.

2. All heresy is formed and founded
By human pride and Satan's spite.
The saint on every side is hounded
By those who will not teach aright,
Who seek to blaspheme and profane
God's Word and His most holy name.

3. O Father, send Your Holy Spirit
To keep Your children steadfast, true.
Your Word is truth; oh, let them hear it
And always seek the truth from You.
Send prophets whose delight will be
To preach the Gospel faithfully.

4. O Christian, cling to Christ, your Savior!
Be diligent in word and deed
To test the prophets. Never waver!
Reject each fruitless, Christ-less creed
So, when the wolf seeks you as prey,
God's Word shall hold the beast at bay.

© 2016 Alan Kornacki, Jr.
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Occasion: Trinity VIII

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