Friday, March 17, 2017

Hymn Commentary: Blest Be the Tie That Binds

Blest Be the Tie That Binds

This hymn is all about the fact that we are Christian friends. It begins by asking for God’s blessing on the bonds that we have with each other. The rest of the hymn points to different ways in which these bonds hold us together. Notice how words like ‘we’ and ‘our’ and ‘us’ are repeated.

Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.

Before our Father’s throne
We pour our ardent prayers;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one
Our comforts and our cares.

We share each other’s woes,
Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows
The sympathizing tear.

When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.

This glorious hope revives
Our courage by the way;
While each in expectation lives,
And longs to see the day.

From sorrow, toil and pain,
And sin, we shall be free,
And perfect love and friendship reign
Through all eternity.

This is something I wrote for the church I pastor since we will be singing this hymn this Sunday.

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