Saturday, May 30, 2009

Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming

Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming from tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse’s lineage coming, as men of old have sung.
It came, a floweret bright, amid the cold of winter,
When half spent was the night.

This Flower, whose fragrance tender with sweetness fills the air,
Dispels with glorious splendor the darkness everywhere;
True Man, yet very God, from sin and death He saves us,
And lightens every load.

O Savior, Child of Mary, who felt our human woe,
O Savior, King of glory, who dost our weakness know;
Bring us at length we pray, to the bright courts of Heaven,
And to the endless day!

Just wanted to share one of my favorite hymns. =D
Singing the harmony on this is really fun (if you haven't heard it acapela, watch this), but most of all I just like the beautiful description of Christ it vividly paints, our precious Rose of Sharon.

I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys. As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters. (Song of Solomon 2:1-2)

I looked up this verse because I was wanting to find the verse that refers to Christ as a Rose of Sharon, and got sidetracked with verse two- just wanted to briefly share what I noticed.

We, as the bride of Christ are described as being His beloved and "as the lily among the thorns" immediately after He says that He is the Lilly of the Valleys. How great is His love for us! And may He transform us more into His image for His glory!

1 comment:

Esther Zimmerman said...

Very beautiful! I love it when it's sung like that...but, I've also heard some really pretty solo versions too. It's such a great song! Just added it to my blog playlist! =D