Music Monday: Love, Grace, and Missions

Trinity Psalter Hymnal GCP, Great Commission Publications cover image

The hymn “How Sweet and Awesome Is the Place” is one of those songs that touch the hearts of many Christians. It covers the great themes of God’s redeeming love, his sovereign grace, and the prayer for others to come and enjoy God’s great feast. Isaac Watts wrote this song in 1707. The tune is St. Columbia C.M., and it’s #425 in the Trinity Psalter Hymnal. This song is certainly one of my favorites! Here are the words:

 How sweet and awesome is the place
with Christ within the doors,
while everlasting love displays
the choicest of her stores.

While all our hearts and all our songs
join to admire the feast,
each of us cries, with thankful tongue,
“Lord, why was I a guest?

“Why was I made to hear your voice,
and enter while there’s room,
when thousands make a wretched choice,
and rather starve than come?”

‘Twas the same love that spread the feast
that sweetly drew us in;
else we had still refused to taste,
and perished in our sin.

Pity the nations, O our God,
constrain the earth to come;
send your victorious Word abroad,
and bring the strangers home.

We long to see your churches full,
that all the chosen race
may, with one voice and heart and soul,
sing your redeeming grace.

Shane Lems
Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Hammond, WI, 54015