Speak, O Lord, as we come to YouTo receive the food of Your Holy Word.Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,That the light of Christ might be seen todayIn our acts of love and our deeds of faith.Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us All Your purposes for Your glory.Teach us, Lord, full obedience,Holy reverence, true humility;Test our thoughts and our attitudesIn the radiance of Your purity.Cause our faith to rise; cause our eyes to seeYour majestic love and authority.Words of pow’r that can never fail—Let their truth prevail over unbelief.Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us—Truths unchanged from the dawn of timeThat will echo down through eternity.And by grace we’ll stand on Your promises,And by faith we’ll walk as You walk with us.Speak, O Lord, till Your church is builtAnd the earth is filled with Your glory.
One of Christianity’s distinctives is that we worship a God who has spoken - who is not silent. From God the Father, speaking the world into creation, to speaking through His Living word in Christ, to speaking by His Spirit through the written word. Throughout history the word of God has transformed the most proud leaders and the most hopeless victims, the greatest civilisations and the remotest of villages, in every age to every corner of the world - so incredible is its power.Often today however the preaching of the word has been diminished in value – from its prominence in a service to its passion, but most of all in our own expectation each time we sit down and ask God to speak to us. In Isaiah the people were performing many acts in the name of God and the Lord said “This is the one to whom I will turn my face – he who is humble and contrite and trembles at my word”. It is our prayer that through the power of the spirit, this hymn will prepare people to humbly listen to the Bible being taught and respond to the huge consequences it has on their lives. After “In Christ Alone” and “The Power of the Cross” this is the most requested Getty/Townend hymn on our website. It is used both to introduce the sermon and to introduce a service. We used it both before and after a sermon when we were with Anne Graham Lotz as a way of affirming the message. It also works well as a choral and solo piece.