Song title: Under The Sun
Music: Greg de Blieck
Lyrics: Greg de Blieck
CCLI no: 7127681

Under the sun
We sow and hope to harvest
We labour on
Until the evening darkness
Bids us cease
To rest in peace

 

Naked we come
Into a world that’s broken
Unworthy ones
But by the Word he’s spoken
Fed and dressed
Sustained and blessed

 

Under the sun
In vain we search for meaning
and much afraid
He made our restless souls for dreaming
Oh grant us grace
Oh God do not abandon us to fade
Under the sun

 

Under the sun
There is a time for laughter
And when it’s done
A time for grieving after
Joy to pain
Resolves again

 

Under the sun
The fall is all around us
We are undone
Let mercy come and find us
Sinking there
Beyond repair

 

Under the sun
In vain we search for healing
Unholy ones
How can our hearts regain their feeling?
Be born again
Oh God do not abandon us to fade
Under the sun.

 

His only son
In weakness he was willing
To overcome
The sentence of our soul’s rebelling
He gave himself
Our God did not abandon us to fade
Under the sun

 

His only son
In weakness he was willing
To overcome
The sentence of our soul’s rebelling
He gave himself
Our God did not abandon us to fade
Under the sun
Under the sun
Under the sun

The book of Ecclesiastes is a dramatic discourse from a character called the Teacher. He reflects on how life lived “under the sun” without reference to God is ultimately meaningless and arbitrary. We may carve out our living and perhaps find our pleasures in our time, but they will all fade under the sun, and satisfaction will elude us. God has planted eternity in our hearts.

 

Some regard this as an honest, even cynical glimpse of existential reality, as though a dose of that should help humble us and deflate our balloon of optimism – certainly it should, if we are placing our hope in anything other than God. The crucial message of scripture is that God has not abandoned us to life under the sun, and indeed, comes Himself into our world to point us to Himself, as our ultimate, unshakeable Hope.


 

Bible Passage:

Ecclesiastes

 


 

Themes:

  • Hopelessness
  • Meaning
  • Work
  • Vanity
  • Existential Angst
  • Wisdom Literature

 

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