Prayer For Wisdom

Prayer for Wisdom is choral work commissioned by the Presbyterian Church of Okemos and dedicated to the Reverend Dr. Robert Carlson in recognition of his 24 years of ministry at the Presbyterian Church of Okemos. We hope that you enjoy Prayer for Wisdom

The commissioned composer is Connor J. Koppin.

Composers Notes:

Prayer for Wisdom:

The basis of the composition is a scripture that Rob considers to be a core tenant of his preaching.

1st Corinthians 1:18-25.

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”

Prayer for Wisdom

Who is wise among us?
Let them stand here in awe
as each night God
lights candles in the vault of eternity.
Be still, be still, that your wisdom
may come from God’s heavens.

Who is learned among us?
 Let them stand here in awe
as continents shake
to laws God made
and we cannot break.
Be still, be still, that your wisdom
may come from God’s earth.

Who is wise among us?
 Let their hearts beat in awe
that God sees each, sees all
as beloved, as welcome, as whole.
Be still, be still, that your wisdom
may come from God’s love.

Brian Newhouse