Thursday, November 15, 2012

When This Passing World is Done - Endless Hallelujah


I've been listening to Matt Redman sing "Endless Hallelujah" when I recognized some of the lyrics.  I couldn't quite place them, so I looked at the little paper in the CD case.  There are several lines from "When This Passing World is Done" by Robert Murray McCheyne (1813-1843).  I do find it interesting that the man who wrote about "this passing world" died before his 30th birthday, only 6 years after writing this song.




Endless Hallelujah
by Matt Redman

When I stand before Your throne
Dressed in glory not my own
What a joy I'll sing of on that day
No more tears or broken dreams
Forgotten is the minor key
Everything as it was meant to be

[Chorus]
And we will worship, worship
Forever in Your presence we will sing
We will worship, worship You
And endless hallelujah to the King

I will see You as You are
Love You with unsinning heart
And see how much You paid to bring me home
Not till then, Lord, shall I know
Not till then, how much I owe
Everything I am before Your throne

[Chorus]
And we will worship, worship
Forever in Your presence we will sing
We will worship, worship You
And endless hallelujah to the King

No more tears, no more shame
No more sin and sorrow ever known again
No more fears, no more pain
We will see You face to face
See You face to face

[Chorus]
And we will worship, worship
Forever in Your presence we will sing
We will worship, worship You
And endless hallelujah to the King



When This Passing World is Done
by Robert Murray M'Cheyne in 1837
Click here to see the music.


When this passing world is done,
When has sunk yon glaring sun,
1 John 2:17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. 
When from off the mount of God
We review the path we've trod,
2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
Then, Lord, shall I fully know -
Not till then - how much I owe.
Ephesians 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

When I hear the wicked call
On the rocks and hills to fall,
Revelation 6:15-17 Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?"
When I see them start and shrink
On the fiery deluge brink, -
Revelation 20:15 And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
Then, Lord, shall I fully know -
Not till then - how much I owe.

When I stand before the throne,
Clothed in beauty not my own,
Philippians 3:9  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
When I see Thee as Thou art,
Love Thee with unsinning heart,
1 John 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.
1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 
Then, Lord, shall I fully know -
Not till then - how much I owe.

When the praise of heav'n I hear,
Loud as thunder to the ear,
Revelation 19:6 Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, " Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns."
Loud as many water's noise,
Sweet as harp's melodious voice,
Revelation 14:1-3 Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder, and the voice which I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps. And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth.
Then, Lord, shall I fully know -
Not till then - how much I owe.
2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we should [are indebted to] always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.

Chosen not for good in me,
Wakened up from wrath to flee,
Romans 9:11  for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God's purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls,
Hidden in the Saviour's side,
By the Spirit sanctified,
Colossians 3:3  For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
1 Peter 1:2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.
Teach me, Lord, on earth to show,
By my love, how much I owe.
1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought [owe] to love one another.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for posting this! Just this morning I was reading Spurgeon's Morning and Evening. He quoted a portion of this and I recognized it from Endless Hallelujah. From there, I found the hymn, and from there, your website. Thank you for the way you have shown the scriptures here. What a blessing!!

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  2. I miss hymns just for what you so clearly illustrated here - the amount of teaching and scripture that is in them. I am not against modern songs, but I miss hymns.

    I was also glad to hear Matt Redman's cd case at least credits the author of this song. I have a problem with the ethics of it in front of my kids in church with so many lines copied from another with no credit given to the other. I teach my kids not to plagerize, and yet it is done so often in songs recently.

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