O Son Of God
(Hebrews 10 set to O Holy Night tune)
lyrics written by Vivian Wu
O Son Of God, the world awaits Your Advent.
The night is dark and our souls felt its worth.
"Hail King of king!" We mocked, spat, and scorned Thee;
Yet in God's name, You forgave all our sins.
Your crown was traded for a cross at Calvary.
You took Your last breath, the heavens shook the graves.
Fall on your knees embrace His grace amazing.
Emmanuel, Holy One, behold Your throne.
His power, His glory evermore proclaim.
Let us draw near to God in full assurance
with a sincere heart that faith brings.
Let us hold fast to the hope we profess
for He who promised is faithful.
And let us spur each other on to love.
Abide with us and make us wholly Thine.
By that will we have been made holy
through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all
Christ's blood redeemed our sins. O night divine.
Here's the story behind the lyrics for O Son Of God (Hebrews 10):
Friday, December 13, 2019.
As usual, we left church late after a full night of activities, having just finished practicing a few Christmas carols to sing for our church's Christmas Worship Service. When we sang through O Holy Night, thoughts began to seep into my mind that it would be great to have a theme song for this year's Grace Conference and if I could set our key verse from Hebrews 10:10 to a well known tune, it would help the attendees (myself included) to remember what we've learned.
Though it was past midnight when we got home, I started to pen Hebrews 10:10 to the melody of O Holy Night, word for word. Earlier that day, I had received notes from Dr. David Woodall that he prepared for Grace Conference. As I copied and pasted Dr. Woodall's notes into the G19 handbook, I was inspired to include large portions from Hebrews 10:22-24 into the melody, emphasizing the repeated phrase that began with "Let us...". Hebrews 10:10 was then shifted to the chorus. What is now Verse 2 and Chorus 2 above was the original verse and chorus.
As I sang the original lyrics from O Holy Night and connecting to the Hebrews 10 verse and chorus, I felt that the heaviness of the other Holy Night of Jesus Christ's crucifixion on Good Friday should also be included as a bridge along with the Hebrews 10 text.
As such, verse 1 and chorus 1 in the O Son Of God version (posted here) describes the second Holy Night and depicts what took place on Good Friday when Jesus was mocked, spat on, and scorned for our sins at Calvary.
Chorus 1 leads into Verse 2 which also ties in with our theme of how the Holy Spirit sanctifies us and makes us whole and holy.
I kept several phrases to tie in both the Advent and Good Friday but also to pay homage to the original O Holy Night.
"The night is dark and our souls felt its worth."
"Fall on your knees"
"His power, His glory evermore proclaim."
"O night divine."
The handprinted copy was done on late afternoon of Thursday, December 26, 2019, just before we began frantically packing all the things on our list in preparation to move into our new venue. I had written it out for the Grace Conference Music Team members to use due to some rhythmic changes but decided to also print out enough copies for the attendees to share so it's easier to teach. The PDF copy is what I wrote that afternoon.
Please feel free to use this hymn as long as you do not make a profit from it. Thank you and may God's truth dwell richly within you and make you holy and wholly His.
in God's amazing grace,