Don’t Think So Fast (for the 5th Sunday in Lent)

I wasn’t by ancestry or by ceremony saved.

Nor did some piety or zeal afford me any place.

That’s all been lost (it was just dross) through what our Lord has done.

My world has been turned on its head by gaining God’s own son.


Such righteousness as I may have is nothing of my own.

It comes from God, not from some law. It’s based on faith alone.

I want to know the pow’r of re- surrection from the dead. 

This goal has not yet been attained, it’s still out there ahead. 


Since Jesus Christ has done it all, and I am now his own,

I do one thing: forget the past, and strain for what will grow.

I press on toward the goal that’s set, a coming heavenly prize

Ignore all other sounds and heed the call of God in Christ.


Photo:   Arbre généalogique d’Elisabeth Françoise de DOBBELSTEIN   Public Domain

Source:   Philippians 3:4-14

Text:  David Alexander, 2022, CC BY-NC SA 4.0

Tune:   Haydn, Public Domain


Audio:  Used by Permission  

2 Replies to “Don’t Think So Fast (for the 5th Sunday in Lent)”

  1. I think the tune and the accompaniment are about 2/3 of its likability, and it’s based on a strong text to start with. These Lent lessons pack a punch. It’s fun to lift them from the verbiage in which we find them in the bible, and strip off the dross so that they can be sung.


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