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Let This Be My Supreme Desire

Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

The Canons of Dort V, 13 explain that our assurance of eternal security and perseverance cannot “produce immorality or lack of concern for godliness in those put back on their feet after a fall, but it produces a much greater concern to observe carefully the way which the Lord prepared in advance” and it is “an incentive to a serious and continuous practice of thanksgiving and good works...” (Canons of Dort V, 12) Therefore, this sub-section contains songs which express both the desire and the commitment of the believer to walk in obedience for holy living. Woven throughout these songs are expressions of fervent desire for holy living, a dedication to follow God’s will, a surrender of one’s will, and prayers for the Holy Spirit to continue his sanctifying work.

Additional Prayers

O God, our Judge and Redeemer, we want to build our house on the rock.
Grant us wisdom to anchor our lives in your love
and the perseverance to live each day in joyful obedience,
no matter what challenges may come.
We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

To Shun All Evil Ways: A Litany
Gracious God, we want no longer to welcome bad news about big citizens,
but to receive it with sorrow and humility. 
Help us shun all evil ways
We want no longer to resent good news about citizens and friends,
but to receive it with joy and thanksgiving. 
Help us shun all evil ways
We want no longer to be fascinated with the idols of this age,
but to resist them with conviction and resolve. 
Help us shun all evil ways.
Holy God, hater of wrong and lover of right, you shun all evil ways.
We want to image you by imaging Jesus Christ, in whom we pray.  Amen.
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

Tune Information

Name
WINCHESTER OLD
Key
F Major or modal
Meter
8.6.8.6

Hymn Story/Background

WINCHESTER OLD is a famous common-meter psalm tune, presumably arranged by George Kirbye from a melody in Christopher Tye's Acts of the Apostles and published in T. Este's The Whole Book of Psalmes (1592) set to Psalm 84. Kirbye was responsible for most of the harmonizations in that psalter.
— Bert Polman

Author Information

Initially studying mathematics and physics at Dulwich College, Michael A. Perry (b. Beckenham, Kent, England, 1942; d. Tonbridge, Kent, England, 1996) was headed for a career in the sciences. However, after one year of study in physics at the University of London, he transferred to Oak Hill College to study theology. He also studied at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and received a M.Phil. from the University of Southhampton in 1973. Ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1966, Perry served the parish of St. Helen's in Liverpool as a youth worker and evangelist. From 1972 to 1981 he was the vicar of Bitterne in Southhampton and from 1981 to 1989, rector of Eversley in Hampshire and chaplain at the Police Staff College. He then became vicar of Tonbridge in Kent, where he remained until his death from a brain tumor in 1996. Perry published widely in the areas of Bible study and worship. He edited Jubilate publications such as Hymns far Today's Church (1982), Carols far Today (1986), Come Rejoice! (1989), and Psalms for Today (1990). Composer of the musical drama Coming Home (1987), he also wrote more than two hundred hymns and Bible versifications. 
— Bert Polman

Composer Information

George Kirbye (b. Suffolk, England, c. 1560; d. Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England, 1634) was an English composer who lived in Suffolk in the retinue of Sir Robert Jermyn. He was probably acquainted with the similarly employed John Wilbye. A contributor to East's and Ravenscroft's psalters, he published madrigals, many in a serious and Italianate style, in First Set of English Madrigals (1597). He is known to have owned many volumes of music by his leading Italian contemporaries. He contributed a madrigal With angel's face to The Triumphs of Oriana.
— http://www.hoasm.org/IVM/Kirbye.html
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