Infinite, the Trinity's Loving: 2 Pentecostal Songs on the Trinity, the Eternal Purpose, and the Covenant of Redemption (by D.P. Williams)

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There aren't all that many contemporary worship songs about the Trinity, the Eternal Purpose, or the Covenant of Redemption. To be honest, there aren't many older choruses either, and most people would be surprised to discover they were incredibly important themes in the early Pentecostal worship of the Welsh-speaking Apostolics. So, here are two Trinitarian hymns that take in these themes which I've translated from the Welsh of D.P. Williams. I've made rough recordings and attached PDFs of the lyrics and chords as well, so that if anyone wants to they can get an idea of the tune. (For one I've used the tune suggested in Molwch Dduw, our Welsh hymnbook, but I couldn't find the suggested tune for the other one, or one that seemed appropriate or usable today in the right metre, so I came up with one myself.)

Infinite the Depths is one of my favourites of D.P. Williams' hymns, taking in the wonder of Christ's atoning work, God's free justification of sinners through what Jesus has done for us, God's purpose to fill the church with Christ's fullness, the vastness of the love of the Triune God for His people, and unshakable Covenant and Purpose of the Trinity, and the unending praise of the God of the Cross. (And I hope the tune I came up with for it doesn't ruin it!)

O the Great Eternal Purpose is a hymn about the Three-in-One God and His Covenant of Redemption. It starts off with this "covenant to save" made "long before the birth of time" and goes from there to the Incarnation of the Word Divine, and the work of the outpoured Holy Spirit who lifts our eyes to Christ, taking in Christ's reconciling work and crushing of the Serpent beneath His feet through His death on the cross, ending with the worship of "blood-bought saints from every nation" in heaven. 

Infinite the Depths of Christ's of Merit


1.       Infinite, the depths of Christ’s merit
For us rendered up unto God;
Unnumbered, the hosts who sing praises
For unending pow’r of the Blood:
By Calv’ry, God justifies justly,
For there His wrath was satisified,
And we are filled up with His fullness,
Which our Triune God does provide.


2.       Infinite, the love of our Saviour
Love reaching the heights of God’s Throne;
Vast oceans of fullness from heaven,
For our Jesus calls us His own!
God’s Love from before the beginning,
And lasting for age without end,
Christ’s Love rich in infinite mercy,
On which all sinners can depend.


3.       Infinite, the Trinity’s loving,
As vast as the Essence Divine;
Unchanging, the Three-in-One’s Cov’nant,
The purpose begun before time.
From this love springs all God’s great purpose
From this love, Christ’s merit for us;
For this love, eternally praising,
We’ll sing of the God of the Cross.


O the Great Eternal Purpose



1.     O the great eternal purpose
Springing from the depths Divine,
Planned in love, by God immortal,
Long before the birth of time;
Steadfast purpose of redemption,
By Christ’s blood, defeat the grave;
Three-in-One in Heavenly Council
Made a Covenant to save.
  
2.       Word Divine, the Son eternal
In the Father’s heart above;
True Sustainer of Creation,
He true grace and heavenly love;
Light from Light, and Life eternal,
Filling heav’n and earth, He shines
Word made flesh, Only-Begotten
Here transfigures Bread and Wine.

3.       Holy Spirit, Lord, Life-Giver,
Opening eyes, their Christ to see;
Father, Word, and Spirit saving –
Cov’nant of the Trinity.
In the Father’s love He chose us;
Son, for love, was crucified,
By His blood and righteous merit
Reconciled us as He died.

4.       Christ, the Head of all the Powers!
Christ, the Conqueror of hell!
All dominion’s to Him given;
In Him all God’s Fullness dwells.
Church’s Head through endless ages,
Serpent crushed beneath His feet;
Blood-bought saints from every nation
Gather at His Mercy-Seat.

(By the way, for a few more translations I've posted of D.P Williams' early Welsh Pentecostal hymns, you can have a look here for 4 hymns for the Breaking of Bread, and here for an Easter hymn.)

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