See the Lamb of God
Source: Singing the Faith: 281
Words: Edwin Brown
Music: Edwin Brown
You can hear how this hymn sounds by going to YouTube and typing in: “Edwin Brown See The Lamb of God”. (You’ll also discover some of Edwin’s other hymns including “Christ for me” and “Just the very thought of Thee”.)
Edwin Brown lives on the North Antrim coast of Northern Ireland, where he works as a teacher. He has also been a worship leader and songwriter for over 25 years. In 2009 some of his hymns and worship songs were published by Kingsway/Integrity Music and he released his debut worship album, Christ for me.
When that album was released, Andy Cooper reviewed it for CrossRhythms, noting that Edwin’s “gentle and pure” singing style “soothes rather than stirs, brings peace rather than power…” and that the songs themselves are “steady and hymn-like at times, easy enough for a congregation to pick up…” ‘See the Lamb of God’ is a good example of this style.
“I grew up in Northern Ireland in the 70s and 80s when there was no political stability; bombings and killings were common occurrences, and these tragic reports congested our local and national news bulletins. The Troubles had also affected me on a personal level: I lost my best friend after he was murdered by paramilitaries. As a young Christian growing up with this backdrop of violence, hatred and division always in the background, I was completely dependent and aware of God’s grace and protection. I would often escape from the realities of conflict by writing prayers and songs to express my gratitude and love for my peace-making Saviour.
In 1988, Edwin won what would be a life-changing scholarship to the Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas, where he developed his performing, composition and worship leading skills.
Since then, he has worked as a musical director for a Christian television broadcasting company, coordinated worship at events led by international evangelists and, between 2006 and 2008, was invited to sing at the National Prayer Breakfasts held in Stormont Castle and attended by politicians from a range of political persuasions.
Edwin says that, in his hymns, he wishes to convey a “God who is always constant and accessible; a God who does not live in a far-off distant place but, rather, wants to have a personal one-to-one relationship with us, and reside in our hearts.”