1 As newborn stars were stirred to song
when all things came to be,
as Miriam and Moses sang
when Israel was set free,
so music bursts unbidden forth
when God-filled hearts rejoice,
to waken awe and gratitude
and give mute faith a voice.
2 In psalms that raise the singer’s sense
to universal truths,
in prophet’s dark-toned oracle
or hymn of three brave youths:
the song of faith and praise endured
through those God called to be
a chosen people bearing light
for all the world to see.
3 When God’s redeeming Word
took flesh to make salvation sure,
unheeding hearts attuned to strife
refused love’s overture.
Yet to the end the song went on:
a supper’s parting hymn,
a psalm intoned on dying lips
when sun and hope grew dim.
4 But silence won no vict’ry there;
a rest was all it scored
before glad alleluias rose
to greet the risen Lord.
The church still keeps that song alive,
for death has lost its sting,
and with the gift of life renewed
the heart will ever sing.
|First Line:||As newborn stars were stirred to song|
|Title:||As newborn stars were stirred to song|
|Author:||Carl P. Daw Jr. (b. 1944)|
|Scripture:||Exodus 15:1; Exodus 15:21; Job 38:7; Matthew 26:20; Matthew 27:45; Mark 14:26; Mark 15:34; John 1:11; John 1:14; 1 Corinthians 15:55; 1 Peter 2:9|
|Topic:||Hymns and Spiritual Songs: Praise|
|Copyright:||© Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission. You must contact Hope Publishing Co. to reproduce these words.|
|Composer:||John Karl Hirten|
|Copyright:||© 1995 San Francisco Chapter, American Guild of Organists.|