In connection with John Piper's sermon on the hardening of Pharaoh's heart (Feb. 9, 2003), he wrote the following hymn in order that we might publicly proclaim the glory and freedom and justice of God in this great mystery.
Based on Romans 9:14-18
To the tune of "O for a Thousand Tongues!"
Words by John Piper
Is there injustice with our God
When he decrees our ways?
No! This is but his righteousness
And root of all our praise.
Does he make mercy hang on this:
If we can will or run?
No! He has mercy on his own:
Before the world, it's done!
Did Pharaoh rise and make his name
Renown, and flaunt his mind?
No! He displayed his Maker’s fame,
And did what was designed.
O that we had a mind to grasp
The depths and riches of
The wisdom of the ways of God
And mysteries of love!
Now let no sin cause you to flee
Or make you suffer loss,
Our God is free, and Christ has died
Rejoice before his cross!
© John Piper