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I haven’t blogged at all recently, and don’t know when I’ll return to regular blogging, but I’ve always liked this old hymn and wanted to share it with you.  Even if you’re familiar with the hymn, you may not have heard this version of it.  Scroll down past the video clip below if you want to read the lyrics.

The original hymn is about 100 years old.  Phil Keaggy wrote and recorded his own version of it for his 1981 album Town to Town, which is now out of print.  (I wore out my cassette tape copy of it a long time ago.)  Here’s one of those YouTube videos-that-aren’t-really-videos featuring Keaggy’s rendition:


Rise up, O men of God

Rise up, O men of God!
Have done with lesser things.
Give heart and mind and soul and strength
To serve the King of kings.

Rise up, O men of God!
The kingdom tarries long.
Bring in the day of brotherhood
And end the night of wrong.

Rise up, O men of God!
The church for you doth wait,
Her strength unequal to her task;
Rise up and make her great!

Lift high the cross of Christ!
Tread where His feet have trod.
As brothers of the Son of Man,
Rise up, O men of God!

The message is simple, really.  Men need to do what men are commanded to do — act like men.  More on that in my next post…