Tuesday, June 19, 2007

A Doxological Response to Romans 9

In his book "Interpreting the Pauline Epistles" Tom Schreiner points out that if our exegesis does not lead to a doxological response then our exegesis is incomplete. One of the best models in applying this principle is John Piper. A few years ago as he has preaching through Romans 9 his exegetical labors led to the penning of the following hymn. It is based on Romans 9:14-18 and is set to the tune of "O For a Thousand Tongues!"

Is there injustice with our God
When he decrees our ways?
No! This is but his righteousness
And root of all our praise.

Does he make mercy hang on this:
If we can will or run?
No! He has mercy on his own:
Before the world, it's done!

Did Pharaoh rise and make his name
Renown, and flaunt his mind?
No! He displayed his Maker’s fame,
And did what was designed.

O that we had a mind to grasp
The depths and riches of
The wisdom of the ways of God
And mysteries of love!

Now let no sin cause you to flee
Or make you suffer loss,
Our God is free, and Christ has died
Rejoice before his cross!

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