Almighty laughs as nations rage!
Our self-proclaimed "enlightened" age
May scorn and cast off sacred rules,
But God derides delusive fools.
His reign depends not on our whim;
We neither aid nor threaten Him.
Almighty bids us, "Kiss the Son,
Or by His anger be undone."
Almighty lives and cannot change;
Men rise and fall like crashing waves.
Their boasting is but vanity;
Man is no match for Deity.
The righteous live in endless day,
But fools, like chaff, blow soon away.
Almighty rules unruly men,
Who, though they scoff, will answer Him.
Almighty loves the sinful soul
And yearns to make the broken whole.
He came to rescue, not condemn—
The sinless Son, the sinner’s Friend.
He suffered in the rebel’s place
To take God’s wrath and give God’s grace
Almighty loves, and so must we,
That fellow sinners may go free.
Words by Chris Anderson; Music by Paul Keew
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I was struck by this poem from Pastor Chris Anderson that I saw on Facebook just after the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage in the summer of 2015, and was prompted by a friend to write a tune for it. I came up with one that I thought was fitting — a little somber or sober-feeling, starting and ending in the minor key, but not necessarily sad. I offered the tune to Chris, and he liked the match. After some back-and-forth, tweaking text and tune, we released our first hymn collaboration, "God Supreme."
Chris has written some doctrinal notes about his text which you can read here.