Old Abram Was Blest
LYONS 10.10.11.11 (“O Worship the King, All Glorious Above!”)
Old Abram was blest and Sarai was, too,
When God called their names and said, “I choose you!”
I’ll give you descendants like stars up above—
Too many to count, and a sign of my love.”
That old couple laughed at what God might do.
Was what they had heard impossibly true?
For they had no children to carry their name—
Yet God promised nations would rise out of them.
God promised to them a life that was new:
A new set of names, a new future, too.
They faithfully trusted—that husband and wife;
Soon Sarah and Abraham found a new life.
O God, in your love, a whole nation grew;
You called them to be a blessing for you.
You sent them, you send us, to be this world’s light.
Your promise still shines like the stars in the night
Biblical Reference: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16.
Tune: Attr. Johann Michael Haydn (1737-1806);
arranged by William Gardiner, Sacred Melodies (London: 1815).
Text: Copyright © 2012 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.