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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?

A Verse for Meditation

Lay aside immaturity, and live, and walk in the way of insight. Proverbs 9:6

  • Think of something you have done recently that you thought was immature. What do you think you can do to grow beyond that immature behavior? 
  • What is the way of insight?
  • The verses immediately before this one talk about Wisdom’s preparations for a banquet to which you are invited. If you could attend Wisdom’s banquet, what would you hope to take away with you?
  • Is wisdom something you can learn or grow into, or must you be born wise?
  • What three traits would you expect a wise person to demonstrate in his life? Do you have those traits?