A Hymn for Meditation

God of Grace and God of Glory 

God of grace and God of glory,
On your people pour your power;
Crown your ancient church’s story;
Bring its bud to glorious flower.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage
For the facing of this hour.

Cure your children’s warring madness;
Bend our pride to your control.
Shame our wanton, selfish gladness,
Rich in things and poor in soul.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage
Lest we miss your kingdom’s goal.

Save us from weak resignation
To the evils we deplore;
Let the gift of your salvation
Be our glory evermore.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
Serving you whom we adore.

Harry Emerson Fosdick

  •  In the second verse the hymnwriter speaks of  “warring madness.” What behavior and attitudes does he believe to be at the root of  “warring madness?”
  • How can someone be “rich in things and poor in soul?” Can you think of an individual in the gospel stories who demonstrated such an attitude?  (See Luke 18:18-30)
  • On what biblical basis does the hymnwriter pray, “Grant us wisdom”?  (see James 1:5)
  • What is an example of behavior or attitude that constitutes “weak resignation to the evils?”
  • What do you think God’s “kingdom’s goal” is?