O Word of God Incarnate

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This powerful prayer penned by William How in 1867 brings themes to congregational worship that need to be sung. He emphasizes the Trinity, the Holy Scriptures, and the Church in this theologically-packed text. He appeals to the power and majesty of Christ (the Word of God incarnate) and more thoroughly, the inspired written Word of God to transform His people into the light of the world and the bearers of truth to the nations. Because it is written as a prayer, it allows the gathered congregation to pray passionately together for God to make this transformation happen in their midst.


O Word of God incarnate,
O Wisdom from on high,
O truth unchanged, unchanging,
O Light of our dark sky;
We praise Thee for the radiance
That from the hallowed page,
A lantern to our footsteps,
Shines on from age to age.

O make Thy church, dear Savior,
A lamp of purest gold,
To bear before the nations
Thy true light, as of old.

The church from her dear Master
Received the gift divine,
And still that light she lifteth
O’er all the earth to shine.
It is the treasure keeper,
Where gems of truth are stored;
It is the heav’n-drawn picture
Of Christ, the living Word.

The Scripture is a banner
Before God’s host unfurled;
It shineth like a beacon
Above the darkened world.
It is the chart and compass
That o’er life’s surging sea,
‘Mid mists and rocks and quicksands,
Still guides, O Christ, to Thee.

Final Chorus:
O teach Your wand’ring pilgrims
Thy Word, its path to trace,
Till clouds and darkness ended,
We see You face to face.

Words by William Walsham How, music by Jeff Bourque
© 2002 Manicotti Music (ASCAP). Admin by ThousandTongues.org


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