My favorite hymn is O Christ, Our Hope, Our Heart’s Desire. John Chandler translated the 8th-century Latin hymn into English in 1837. There are two different tunes, one arranged by Handel in 1751 (Bradford) and another by George Greatorex in 1851 (Manoah). I’m familiar with the latter because it’s far easier to sing (and I need all the help I can get!). Robust theology jam-packed into a simple, childlike tune makes a great combination for congregational and family worship.
Notice the progression of Christ’s glory: creation, cross, enthronement, our sanctification in him, the goal of salvation and eternal praise to our Trinitarian God. All of redemptive-history in six stanzas. It’s like stained-glass for your soul.
Although in The Baptist Hymnal (#414), I’ve never sung it in church except when I sneaked it a time or two in Texas. Perhaps you might listen and nudge your church’s music leader(s) to sneak it in, too. As usual, there are more original stanzas than often included in our hymnals.
O Christ, our Hope, our heart’s Desire,
Redemption’s only Spring!
Creator of the world art Thou,
Its Savior and its King.
How vast the mercy and the love
Which laid our sins on Thee,
And led Thee to a cruel death,
To set Thy people free.
But now the bands of death are burst,
The ransom has been paid,
And Thou art on Thy Father’s throne,
In glorious robes arrayed.
O may Thy mighty love prevail
Our sinful souls to spare;
O may we come before Thy throne,
And find acceptance there!
O Christ, be Thou our lasting Joy,
Our ever great Reward!
Our only glory may be it be
To glory in the Lord.
All praise to Thee, ascended Lord;
All glory ever be
To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
Through all eternity.