Sunday, May 16, 2021

HYMN: O Christ, the Living Water

Vacation has been good for my writing production, I guess. I’m still working on the Easter Vigil project. This text is based on Isaiah 55, one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. The Lord says through the prophet Isaiah, For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” These words are a tremendous comfort when I’m tempted to think that the growth of my congregations is up to me.

Anyway, here it is. Feedback is love.

O Christ, the Living Water

for the Easter Vigil

Salvation Offered Freely to All—Isaiah 55:1-11

1. O Christ, the living Water

Who satisfies our thirst,

Who cleanses hopeless sinners

By sin and death accursed,

Oh, bathe Your whole creation—

A great baptismal tide—

Where holy blood is mingled

With water from Your side.

2. “Come, thirsty, to the waters!

Oh, come and drink for free.

Buy milk and wine in bounty

And eat abundantly.

Why waste your wealth and labor

And not be satisfied?

Eat richest food in plenty

And in His Word abide.

3. “A covenant He makes you

Of love that never ends.

Oh, seek the Lord and call Him;

On Him your hope depends.

Forsake your way, O wicked!

Unrighteous man, repent!

For God will have compassion.

Our God, He will relent.

“My thoughts and ways are higher

Than your ways,” says the Lord,

“For powerful in purpose

Shall be My holy Word.

Like rain to feed creation

From heav’n above shall spill,

My Word returns not empty,

But works My holy will.”

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