I’m preaching this year’s midweek sermons on the previous Sunday’s Old Testament reading. I wanted us to sing something based on Isaiah 2:1-5 but didn’t find anything in any of my Lutheran hymnals. So I turned to the Cyber Hymnal and found a few possibilities, including Behold! The Mountain of the Lord.
I found a problem, however. In each of the three versions, faithful confession of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone was weak. But because the author died in 1767, there were no copyright issues. So I reworked the song, also rearranging the 2nd – 4th stanzas and adding stanza 8 as a doxology. I also picked a tune I liked better. The result follows.
Behold! The Mountain of the Lord
C M (Common Meter — 86 86)
Text: Michael Bruce 1746–1767
Revised: Walter P. Snyder, 1957–
Suggested tune: Richmond (Chesterfield)
Thomas Haweis, 1734–1820
Also available as a copier ready PDF in 8.5x11" half sheet.
- Behold! The mountain of the Lord
Ascends on judgment day.
The eyes of mankind draw unto
Its bright, eternal ray.
- The beam that shines from Zion’s hill
Sheds light upon all lands;
Our King who reigns in Salem’s towers
Now all the world commands.
- All mortal flesh before Him stands,
His word of judgment hears:
“To Me, My faithful flock, ascend;
Away, you rest, in tears.”
- Those saved by grace through faith in Christ
From ev’ry land and clime
He raises up from earthly dust
Unto His courts sublime.
- No strife now vexes Jesus’ reign,
Not Satan, death, nor fears;
To plowshares He has turned our swords,
To pruning hooks our spears.
- No longer hosts in battle dress
Their slaughtered troops deplore;
They hang their trumpets in the hall
And study war no more.
- Not yet arisen do we live,
Nor with full glory shine.
By faith His Word and Spirit lead
Us ’til the end of time.
- Then shall our song united rise,
O Christ, before Your throne,
Where with the Father You remain
And Spirit ever One.
—© 2007 by W. P. Snyder. Permission is granted to copy, save, reproduce, and otherwise use in unaltered form and with notice of copyright attached. Please contact the author to let him know how and when you use this hymn.
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