I have given my opinion on what I think a “Great Hymn, Not So Great Tune” looks like and what a “Great Hymn, Great Tune” looks like. I thought from here on out I will just post the great hymns that I have discovered in using the Trinity Hymnal this past year, and let you decide if you think the tune is appropriate to and reinforces the words that are written (I’ll join the conversation if and when it get’s going). I like this hymn because of it’s balance between the first use of the law (to drive us to Christ alone for salvation) and the third use of the law (as a rule of love and gratitude for the Christian life). Here is the tune in the Trinity Hymnal (let me know if there are any other tunes floating around on the web). So what do you think, is this a “great tune” or a “not so great tune”?
The Law of God is Good and Wise
By Matthias Loy
The law of God is good and wise,
And sets His will before our eyes,
Shows us the way of righteousness,
And dooms to death when we transgress.
Its light of holiness imparts
The knowledge of our sinful hearts,
That we may see our lost estate
And seek deliverance ere too late.
To those who help in Christ have found
And would in works of love abound
It shows what deeds are His delight
And should be done as good and right.
When men the offered help disdain
And willfully in sin remain,
Its terror in their ear resounds
And keeps their wickedness in bounds.
The law is good, but since the fall
Its holiness condemns us all;
It dooms us for our sin to die
And has no power to justify.
To Jesus we for refuge flee,
Who from the curse has set us free,
And humbly worship at His throne,
Saved by His grace through faith alone.