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O Lord I have heard the report of You Hab 3:2-19

1000 Songs

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Bessie Porter Head


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Verses 1,2,4,5:

O Breath of life, come sweeping through us, Revive Thy church with life and power; O Breath of life, come, cleanse, renew us, And fit Thy church to meet this hour.

O Breath of love, come breathe within us, Renewing thought and will and heart; Come, Love of Christ, afresh to win us, Revive Thy church in every part. O Heart of Christ, once broken for us, ’Tis there we find our strength and rest; Our broken, contrite hearts now solace, And let Thy waiting church be blest. Revive us, Lord! Is zeal abating While harvest fields are vast and white? Revive, us Lord, the world is waiting, Equip Thy church to spread the light.

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Joel Bloomquist Mary J Hammond (O Breath of Life, Come Sweeping Through Us)

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Biblical Text: Habakkuk 3

  1. A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth.
  2. O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.
  3. God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.
  4. And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.
  5. Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet.
  6. He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting.
  7. I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: and the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble.
  8. Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? was thine anger against the rivers? was thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses and thy chariots of salvation?
  9. Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers.
  10. The mountains saw thee, and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high.
  11. The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear.
  12. Thou didst march through the land in indignation, thou didst thresh the heathen in anger.
  13. Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.
  14. Thou didst strike through with his staves the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly.
  15. Thou didst walk through the sea with thine horses, through the heap of great waters.
  16. When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops.
  17. Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
  18. Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
  19. The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.

Habakkuk: The book of Habakkuk is set up as a series of oracles about the Babylonians, with the last chapter of the book (Habakkuk 3) originally being a song. An oracle is essentially a prophet; it is someone who has received a divine revelation. Habakkuk received this song from the Lord. The book of Habakkuk is written to the Chaldeans (Babylonians), and since the Chaldeans assumed power over Assyria in 612 BC, it is assumed that Habakkuk wrote this book during or shortly after that year. The hymn tune for this, DET AR ET FAST ORD in hymnal meter was written by Joel Blomquist. Blomquist wrote this tune in 1876, set to different text called (in Dutch) “It is a fixed word.” The hymn was actually written in 1914. Another hymn tune was written to go with this by Mary J. Hammond called SPIRITIS VITAE in 1920 (SPIRITIS VITAE means “(O) Breath of Life” in Latin). O Breath of Life on CyberHymnal Wikipedia article for Habakkuk Source for rise to power Source for Rise to Power Source for rise to power Elizabeth Head, Born January 1, 1850 (London), Died June 28, 1936

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