“LORD, WE COME BEFORE THEE NOW”

Wayne S. Walker

“O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel befor the Lord our
maker” (Psa. 95.6).

     INTRO.:  A hymn which talks about our coming before the Lord in
worship and prayer is “Lord, We Come Before Thee Now” (#68 in “Hymns for
Worship Revised”).  The text was written by William Hammond (1719-1783).
Originally in eight stanzas, it was first published in his “Psalms,
Hymns, and Spiritual Songs” of 1745.  Later it was reduced and amended in
“A Collection of Psalms and Hymns” of 1760 by the editor, Martin Madan
(1726-1790).
     The tune (Hendon) was composed by Henri Abraham Cesar Malan
(1787-1864).  A native of Geneva, Switzerland, he became a preacher first
with the National Reformed Church of Switzerland, and then with his own
independent chapel at Vandouvres.  This melody may have been produced as
early as 1823 and seems to have been first published in 1827.  It was
brought to America, arranged, and published in the 1841 “Carmina Sacra”
by Lowell Mason (1792-1872).
     this hymn mentions several things asociated with our coming before
the Lord.
I. In stanza 1, we ask God not to disdain our suit so that our seeking
Him is not in vain
 A. God will disdain the prayers of those whose lives are evil: 1 Pet.
3.12
 B. Also, He’ll disdain those prayers which are purely selfish in nature:
Jas. 4.1-3
 C. However, if we live in harmony with God’s word and ask according to
His will, we can be thankful that He has promised to hear and answer our
prayers: Matt. 7.7-8
II. In stanza 2, we express our total reliance and trust in God
 A. Some people trust in the things of this world: Matt. 116.26
 B. Others trust in themselves: Prov. 3.5
 C. But Goid’s people must learn to depend solely upon Him: Psa. 20.7
III. In stanza 3 we seek God’s blessings on us and on all mankind
 A. Our God has provided for all the physical needs of mankind on earth:
Jas. 1.18
 B. In addition, He has provided for all our spiritual needs in Christ:
Eph. 1.3
 C. It shouild be our desire that everyone would seek the Lord so that
each one could come before Him with rejoicing: Acts 17.24-27
     CONCL.:  There is a general sense in which everyone is always in the
Lord’s presence.  But when Christians assemble for worship or approach
God in prayer, there is a special sense in which we come into His
presence.  This song helps us to focus our minds upon the things that are
most important at such times, as we say, “Lord, We Come Before Thee Now.”
   

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