One of my favorite hymn tunes of all time is named EBENEZER, and one of the first hymns I wanted to learn as a kid. I think the first reason I wanted to learn this hymn is because the music has a dark mood to it, but even if taken a little slowly the rhythms push the music forward, or drives. I also remember that it was an easier hymn to sing in church because most of the main line moves by steps. Also, it sounded like a battle march, which made it sound really neat to me as a kid.
Growing up, the title of the hymn was called “Thy Strong Word,” and how we’re thankful for the different stories found in the Bible, as well as how it tells us to walk in our faith in God. In the United Methodist Hymnal, it appears twice. The first is “God Hath Spoken by the Prophets” (UMH 108), and the other is “Let My People Seek Their Freedom” (UMH 586). In “God Hath Spoken by the Prophets” it talks about God’s trinity. The first verse talks about God the Almighty, the second verse talks about Jesus as Lord, and the last speaks about God the Spirit. “Let My People Seek Their Freedom” takes a paraphrase of Deuteronomy 8:14-18 to connect our struggles and triumphs with where we are to those of the Hebrews that escaped Egypt. All three stories are powerful, and I love each one.
In my research this week, I desired to stay with the United Methodist Hymnal, and with “God Hath Spoken by the Prophets.” I hope this hymn gives you what you need this week. My constant prayer is that you and your family stay safe and healthy through the pandemic.
With the Spirit of the Triune God,