O Great God

This hymn written by Bob Kauflin of Sovereign Grace is based on a prayer from The Valley of Visions: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions called ‘Regeneration’. The prayer asks God to occupy and reign supreme in the heart, to lay low every rebel power, and to let no vile passion resist His holy war. Speaking of this hymn, Kauflin writes “I wanted to set that prayer to music because of how often I’m asking God to do whatever He needs to do to make me love and glorify Him more”1.

O great God of highest heaven
Occupy my lowly heart
Own it all and reign supreme
Conquer every rebel power
Let no vice or sin remain
That resists Your holy war
You have loved and purchased me
Make me Yours forevermore

I was blinded by my sin
Had no ears to hear Your voice
Did not know Your love within
Had no taste for heaven’s joys
Then Your Spirit gave me life
Opened up Your Word to me
Through the gospel of Your Son
Gave me endless hope and peace

Help me now to live a life
That’s dependent on Your grace
Keep my heart and guard my soul
From the evils that I face
You are worthy to be praised
With my every thought and deed
O great God of highest heaven
Glorify Your Name through me

1page 254 – Leeman, D. and Leeman, B., 2022. Our Hymns, Our Heritage: A Student Guide to Songs of the Church

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