Rev. Larry E. Schultz conducts the Chancel Choir, orchestra, and congregation of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina, in singing "Come Now, O Wisdom" to a familiar hymn tune, with pictures from various artists.
Wisdom is the central divine symbol in this song. Wisdom is certainly not a new image of divinity, although She may seem new to us. The Hebrew Scriptures record Wisdom's saying, "From everlasting I was firmly set, from the beginning, before earth came into being" (Proverbs8:23). But Divine Wisdom has for the most part been stifled, demeaned, or ignored for centuries. Wisdom is a female name for God in the Bible. Wisdom is "Hokmah" in Hebrew Scripture and "Sophia" in the Greek language of Christian Scripture. Divine Wisdom symbolizes creative, redemptive, and healing power.
Wisdom brings power for change. She leads us on paths of peace. In a world of divisions and brokenness, wars and violence, Wisdom can bring peace and wholeness. In our world today with increasing violence against women and others considered "less than," increasing violence of all kinds, and increasing injustices, we are in deep need of Her peace and healing.
This video invites hope of peace, justice, wholeness, freedom, and new life. The book of Proverbs confirms the blessings of Divine Wisdom: "Happy are those who find wisdom, and those who get understanding, for her income is better than silver, and her revenue better than bold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. . . . Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called happy" (Proverbs 3:13-15, 17-18).
Come now, O Wisdom, we need your clear voice; speak and awaken our hearts to rejoice. Gracious Creator of more than we know, in your own image may we ever grow.
Come now, O Wisdom, abide in our souls; stir in us visions of life free and whole. Wisdom, our pathway to justice and peace, with you our dreams find their fullest release.
Wisdom, more precious than rubies or gold, with you our graces forever unfold. No fame or fortune with you can compare; pour out your blessings so rich and so rare.
Wisdom, your grace joins all heaven and earth, with you we labor, new life to give birth. Come now, O Wisdom, our Midwife and Friend, open our hearts to your world without end.