Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery
Last week I (Mark) had the blessing of being in the presence of truly wonderful musicians and some of the best Bible teachers on planet Earth. John Piper, John MacArthur, Tim Keller, Alistair Begg to name a few. The conference in Nashville, TN was called SING! 2018. So many wonderful songs were sung, a focus on the Psalms was the theme. Keith and Kristyn Getty are the brains behind the conference. These modern hymn writers are on the cutting of edge of hymnody and have written stalwart songs of the faith for the church such as "In Christ Alone" and "The Power of the Cross". It is one thing to hear those songs on the radio or even being sung by 1000 people in our own church. 7500 people is another story. I tell you, it was a foretaste of heaven. Breathtaking.
Out of the myriad of songs we sung, one truly caught my attention. Come behold the wondrous mystery. Imagine my surprise when I got home and realized that Allen had included this very song in the set list for this week!
Written by Matt Papa, Michael Bleeker and Matt Boswell (also conference worship leaders and clinicians) this song uses words and phrases that we just don't sing anymore. Words like "condescended", and phrases such as "true and better Adam". It is the latter that I want to focus on for this edition of Song Talks.
The only other time I can recall a song using a phrase like "true and better Adam" is in the Christmas Carol, "Hark the Herald Angels sing". "Second Adam from above, reinstate us in Thy love." These phrases both are referring of course to Jesus. Sinclair Ferguson, Scottish Pastor and author in his book Preaching Christ from the Old Testament says this about Jesus:
Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery is about this Jesus. He "condescended" from heaven to earth in His incarnation to be the "theme of heaven's praises". The second stanza uses a variety of adjectives relating to Christ and His work, "great and sure fulfillment", and "true and better". The third stanza is a reflection on the mystery of the cross and connects to the final proclamation exalting the resurrected Christ. A beautiful picture of the gospel with a simply crafted melody, Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery should make it into your worship playlist today!
P.S. Keith and Kristyn Getty will be at Second on Nov. 10th at 6pm. With a mix of bluegrass, modern hymns and worship songs, you will not want to miss this. Take from someone who has seen them several times now, you will be blessed. Get your tickets here.
Check out the playlist for this week here. It includes a Getty song we are singing at the 9:30 service this week called "The Lord is My Salvation".
Blessings and happy singing!