O Thou that camest from aboveThe pure celestial fire to impartKindle a flame of sacred loveOn the mean altar of my heartThere let it for Thy glory burnWith inextinguishable blazeAnd trembling to its source returnIn humble prayer and fervent praiseJesus confirm my heart's desireTo work, and speak, and think for TheeStill let me guard the holy fireAnd still stir up Thy gift in meReady for all Thy perfect willMy acts of faith and love repeatTill death Thine endless mercies sealAnd make the sacrifice complete-Charles Wesley
Brother Joe,This is an awesome hymn. I love the reference to the celestial fires of sacred love on the altar of the heart. I've never heard a contemporary Christian worship song even attempt go that deep. Charles Wesley's hymns are unique in that almost every single verse opens up some aspect of the eternal majesty of God. He also wasn't afraid to plumb the depths of the mysteries either! One hymn has a verse that goes something like: All praise to Him Who dwells in bliss,Who made both day and night;Whose throne is darkness, in th’abyssOf uncreated light.Now, that verse is just tremendous. The first time I read it, my eyes just glazed over and I didn't catch the awesomeness. I read it again and suddenly saw that Wesley is going back even before Genesis 1:1, before God spoke creation! And for the sake of a standard hymn (not even a sermon)! What titans these men were. Our modern efforts seem so pale and weak when measured up against the genius and anointing of the holy saints of old.Brother Paul
_________________Paul Frederick West
Still let me guard the holy fire
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
Our modern efforts seem so pale and weak when measured up against the genius and anointing of the holy saints of old.