As in the days of Haggai when The Hebrews hewed from stone Jehovah’s temple, built again To serve their God alone, So too our hearts can be remade, From stone to flesh—the heav’nly blade Carves out an earthly home.
The temple of Zerubabel, Like that of Solomon Sustained attack, gave way, and fell To rise and fall again. But when God’s Temple died and rose He kept the promise giv’n to those Who built the temple then.
God shook the earth and Gentiles then Brought treasure to His store, But heaven and earth will shake again When our King comes once more. Then all that can be shaken will Be purged and dross removed until He clears His threshing floor.
Come, Thou long expected Jesus Born to set Thy people free; From our fears and sins release us, Let us find our rest in Thee. Israel’s Strength and Consolation, Hope of all the earth Thou art; Dear Desire of every nation, Joy of every longing heart.
Born Thy people to deliver, Born a child and yet a King, Born to reign in us forever, Now Thy gracious kingdom bring. By Thine own eternal Spirit Rule in all our hearts alone; By Thine all sufficient merit, Raise us to Thy glorious throne.
Desire of every nation, Light of the Gentiles, Thou! In fervent adoration Before Thy throne we bow; Our hearts and tongues adore Thee, Blest Dayspring from the skies. Like incense sweet before Thee, Permit our songs to rise.
Thou Herald of the morning, They who in darkness dwell Behold Thy brightness dawning O’er realms of Israel. With glorious beams unclouded, Thy all-transcendent light Dispels the gloom that shrouded Earth’s dark and dismal night.
Arise and shine in splendor, Thou bright and morning Star! The Gentiles come to render Their gifts from realms afar. The word by prophets spoken In truth is now fulfilled. And yearning hearts, once broken, With sweetest hope are filled.
Arise and bring salvation To all who dwell below, Let earth in jubilation Reflect Thy radiant glow. O long expected Savior, Thou Hope of Israel, Let Gentiles gain Thy favor, And of Thy glory tell.
Our Life and Resurrection, Lord Jesus Christ, Thou art; O shed Thy light’s reflection To earth’s remotest part; Let Gentile tongues confess Thee, Rejoicing in Thy light, The ransomed thousands bless Thee, Thou hast dispelled the night.