New Hymns for the Lectionary
1st Sunday of Lent Year A - Gospel

The Sun Beat Down Upon His Head
TEXT: Mark Ryman (2005) based on Matthew 4:1-11
Truro,” by Thomas Williams (1789).

The sun beat down upon His head
In the wilds where he had been led.
He had been there beneath those rays—
Eating no food for forty days.

The tempter came to him and said,
If you’re His Son then make stones bread.
Man shall not live on bread alone—
But on words that come from the throne.

Jump from the rooftop without fear
God's angels will render their care.
Let My God be forever blest;
I shall not put Him to the test.

Behold realms of humanity
Are yours if you will worship me.
My worship you do not deserve
Only God I worship and serve.

But I will worship God only
And I will serve the King of kings.
Oh, no! This knee will never bend
I will adore Him to the end!

© 2004, Mark E. Ryman

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