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Humbly In Your Sight

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

A Prayer to Affirm that We Are Not Our Own
O God, we have not made ourselves, cannot keep ourselves, could never redeem ourselves, and so we turn to you, our Maker, Keeper, and Redeemer.  Our hearts, ears, and eyes are yours; use them for good, O God.  Our hands, tongues, and feet are yours; use them for good, O God.  Our whole selves are yours; use them for good, O God.  We have not made ourselves, cannot keep ourselves, could never redeem ourselves.  And so we turn to you, our Maker, Keeper, and Redeemer, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

Tune Information

Name
HUMBLY IN YOUR SIGHT
Key
F Major or modal
Meter
5.6.11

Author and Composer Information

Thomas Colvin (b. 1925; d. 2000) was trained as an engineer and worked in that profession in Burma and Singa­pore from 1945 to 1948. After studying theology at Trinity College, Glasgow University, he was ordained in the Church of Scotland in 1954. He served as missionary in Nyasa­land (now Malawi) from 1954 to 1958, in Ghana from 1958 to 1964, and again in Nyasa­land from 1964 to 1974. His work there included preaching, education, and community development. After completing his missionary work, Colvin became a minister in the United Reformed Church of England and served an inner-city church in London. He returned to Africa in 1984 as a development consultant to the Zimbabwe Christian Council. Colvin's writings include Christ's Work in Free Africa (1964) and three collections of hymns, many written in collaboration with African Christians—Free to Serve (1966), Leap My Soul (1976), and Fill Us with Your Love (1983), named for his best known song, “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love.”
— Bert Polman

Geoff Weaver is an internationally known church musician, having worked for the Church Mission Society in Hong Kong and in Selly Oak, Birmingham, from where he undertook teaching assignments in the Philippines and Nigeria, and published two volumes of World Praise. He was Director of Music at Bradford Cathedral, and from 1994-2002 was Director of Studies and of Outreach at the Royal School of Church Music.
 
In 1998 he directed the music at the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury, in 1999 was in charge of the music for the CMS bicentenary, and in 2000 directed a choir of 200 schoolchildren at the National Millennium Service at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
 
He has a passion for teaching, and has taught in theological colleges and ministerial training schemes, as well as diocesan training programmes. Overseas teaching and conducting assignments have recently taken him to Canada, USA, Australia, Cyprus and Switzerland.
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