By Request, ‘Thy Strong Word’

Thy Strong Word, requested by “thewhiterabbit,” is a hymn about God as our Creator and our source of life and righteousness. It’s sung by “The Lutheran Warbler,” and I wish I could give her due credit, but I couldn’t find her name anywhere. Lots of Lutherans in my family.

3 comments on “By Request, ‘Thy Strong Word’

  1. Thank you, Lee and whiterabbit. I hadn’t heard this one before. It’s beautiful – and so is this woman’s voice!

  2. Here are the wonderful words of this inspiring hymn (Lutherans don’t use the word “alleluia” during the Lent season).

    THY STRONG WORD

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    the vine
    Thy strong word did cleave the darkness;
    At thy speaking it was done.
    For created light we thank thee
    While thine ordered seasons run.
    Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise to thee who light dost send!
    Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia without end!

    Lo, on those who dwelt in darkness,
    Dark as night and deep as death,
    Broke the light of thy salvation,
    Breathed thine own life-giving breath.
    Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise to thee who light dost send!
    Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia without end!

    Thy strong Word bespeaks us righteous;
    Bright with thine own holiness,
    Glorious now, we press toward glory,
    And our lives our hope confess.
    Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise to thee who light dost send!
    Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia without end!

    From the cross thy wisdom shining
    Breaketh forth in conqu’ring might;
    From the cross forever beameth
    All thy bright redeeming light.
    Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise to thee who light dost send!
    Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia without end!

    Give us lips to sing thy glory,
    Tongues thy mercy to proclaim,
    Throats to shout the hope that fills us,
    Mouths to speak thy holy name.
    Alleluia! Alleluia! May the light which thou dost send
    Fill our songs with alleluias, Alleluias without end!

    God the Father, light-creator,
    To thee laud and honor be.
    To thee, Light from Light begotten,
    Praise be sung eternally.
    Holy Spirit, light-revealer, Glory, glory be to thee.
    Mortals, angels, now and ever Praise the holy Trinity!

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