For the majority of my life, I've spent every Advent season in United Methodist Churches. So when Advent would roll around, we would sing the same familiar hymns each year. Advent is perhaps my favorite time of year. And I love the songs of Advent.
For the past year and a half, however, we've been involved in the life of Hope Fellowship of Waco, which is not a United Methodist Church. This is our second Advent season with Hope Fellowship. During this season, I've missed some of the familiar (to me) songs of Advent, and singing from the United Methodist Hymnal (one of the best hymnals there is, if you ask me!).
But along the way, I've picked up some new favorites. Including this one, Hark The Glad Sound! This year's Advent theme at Hope Fellowship, is Jesus, Our Jubilee, with Isaiah 61 as our main text for these 4 weeks. It has been a meaningful time of growth and anticipation already, and I love this Advent hymn below, as it reminds us that Jesus is in fact, our jubilee.
Hark the Glad Sound!
Hark, the glad sound! the Savior comes,
The Savior promised long;
Let every heart prepare a throne,
And every voice a song.
On Him the Spirit, largely poured,
Exerts His sacred fire;
Wisdom and might, and zeal and love,
His holy breast inspire.
He comes the prisoners to release,
In Satan’s bondage held;
The gates of brass before Him burst,
The iron fetters yield.
He comes the broken heart to bind,
The bleeding soul to cure;
And with the treasures of His grace
To enrich the humble poor.
His silver trumpets publish loud
The jub’lee of the Lord
Our debts are all remitted now
Our heritage restored.
Words: Philip Doddridge, December 28, 1735.