Ancient Words

Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

This song expresses our confidence in the truth and power of the word, as taught in Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 32 and Belgic Confession, 7: These scriptures are sufficient for they contain the will of God completely and “everything one must believe to be saved is sufficiently taught in it.”

Additional Prayers

A Prayer of Acclamation
O God, your words are ever old, ever new. They go before us to lead us. They go behind us to guard us. They go beneath us to support us. They go beside us to befriend us. O God, your words are ever old, ever new. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

Tune Information

F Major or modal
Meter D refrain


Hymn Story/Background

I have a couple of songs that were written because the idea was so compelling to me, it wouldn’t go away. “Ancient Words” is one of those songs. As I state in the chapter on “Ancient Words” from my book: More Precious than Silver.
The longer I walk with the Lord, the more love and appreciation I have for the Bible and for those whom God has used throughout the ages to make it available to me. I suppose that was the true impetus for my writing  “Ancient Words.”
And I also really wanted to treat it as a contemporary hymn, so that’s how the music took shape.
— Laura de Jong

Author and Composer Information

Lynn DeShazo has been involved in local ministry as a songwriter, teacher, and worship leader for over thirty years. A songwriter for Integrity Music, she is best known for her songs “More Precious Than Silver,” “Be Magnified,” and “Be Unto Your Name.” Her songs have been performed by a wide array of artists, including Travis Cottrell, Graham Kendrick, and Michael W. Smith. She has produced ten recordings and one book, More Precious than Silver: the God Stories Behind the Songs of Lynn DeShazo. A native of Alabama and graduate of Auburn University and Christian Life School of Theology, DeShazo currently resides in Birmingham.
— Laura de Jong
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