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23/05/2010 / John Hanna

O Church Arise

Yesterday at DBC’s Morning Service we sang the above hymn; “O Church, Arise” by Keith and Kristyn Getty again.

The hymn has formed part of DBC’s worship many times over the past year. These are the lyrics:

O church, arise and put your armor on;

Hear the call of Christ our captain;

For now the weak can say that they are strong

In the strength that God has given.

With shield of faith and belt of truth

We’ll stand against the devil’s lies;

An army bold whose battle cry is “Love!”

Reaching out to those in darkness.

Our call to war, to love the captive soul,

But to rage against the captor;

And with the sword that makes the wounded whole

We will fight with faith and valor.

When faced with trials on ev’ry side,

We know the outcome is secure,

And Christ will have the prize for which He died—

An inheritance of nations.

Come, see the cross where love and mercy meet,

As the Son of God is stricken;

Then see His foes lie crushed beneath His feet,

For the Conqueror has risen!

And as the stone is rolled away,

And Christ emerges from the grave,

This vict’ry march continues till the day

Ev’ry eye and heart shall see Him.

So Spirit, come, put strength in ev’ry stride,

Give grace for ev’ry hurdle,

That we may run with faith to win the prize

Of a servant good and faithful.

As saints of old still line the way,

Retelling triumphs of His grace,

We hear their calls and hunger for the day

When, with Christ, we stand in glory.

~ “O Church, Arise”

Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend

Copyright © 2005 Thankyou Music

I first heard the hymn last year when IBC’s Training Director, Nigel Younge, led Devotions. Since then I’ve used the hymn many times when organising meetings as well as in personal worship because of it’s focus on a call for the church to ‘arise and put it’s armor on’, the church’s ‘call to war’, Christ’s ‘victory march’, and the Spirit’s strength. These four things both praise God and inspire us to praise God more. Sheet music is available below. Get praising!

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