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Abba, Father

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In his Dictionary of Hymnology, John Julian describes James Deck’s hymns as “marked by directness of aim, simplicity of language, and great earnestness. The rhythm is good, and an expressive tenderness pervades many of them.” That’s certainly true of “Abba, Father.” I wrote the music to enable a celebrative response that’s appropriate for those who, through the atoning death of Jesus Christ, have been forever adopted into God’s family. — Joel

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VERSE 1
Abba, Father! we approach You
In our Savior’s precious name
We, Your children, here assembled
Now Your promised blessing claim
From our sins His blood has washed us
Now we can draw nigh
By the power of Your Spirit
“Abba, Father” now we cry
“Abba, Father” now we cry

VERSE 2
Once as prodigals we wandered
Hating what was all our need
But Your grace o’er sin abounding
Rescued us from misery
You the prodigals have pardoned
Kissed us with Your love
Spread the feast and now You’ve called us
E’er to dwell with You above
E’er to dwell with You above

BRIDGE
You have found Your once lost children
They now live who once were dead
“It is right,” we hear You saying
“For my people to be glad”

VERSE 3
Abba, Father! all adore You
Shout Your praise in Heav’n above
While in us they learn the wonders
Of Your wisdom, grace, and love
Soon before Your throne assembled
Gladly we’ll proclaim:
“Glory, everlasting glory
Be to God and to the Lamb!
Be to God and to the Lamb!”


Credits:
Original words by James G. Deck (1841), music and additional words by Joel Sczebel
© 2012 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)

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from From Age to Age, released April 10, 2012

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