So. Many. Good. Townend. And. Getty. Songs.
There is real craft to writing songs that express truths that Christians should be thinking and wanting to express. This is different from writing songs that attempt to make Christians feel what the writer believes they should be feeling.
This song recognises that when Christians gather it is God speaking through His Word that is central. Our transformation will not come from how we feel, but from the Holy Spirit taking the Bible and applying its truths to our being.
This song expresses that in purity, simplicity and humility. The only other modern song that I can think of that has a similar theme is Lynn DeShazo’s Ancient Words. This is probably a little more direct and a little less sentimental.
Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
To receive the food of Your Holy Word.
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,
That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us
All Your purposes for Your glory.
Teach us, Lord, full obedience,
Holy reverence, true humility;
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity.
Cause our faith to rise; cause our eyes to see
Your majestic love and authority.
Words of pow’r that can never fail—
Let their truth prevail over unbelief.
Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us—
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time
That will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we’ll stand on Your promises,
And by faith we’ll walk as You walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, till Your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory.
“Speak, O Lord”
Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Copyright © 2005 Thankyou Music
This youtube is long (8 minutes) but features Keith and Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend giving a tutorial on the song.