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Semi-Regular Hymn Reflection December 20, 2006

Posted by larrylaz in Quotes, Random Musings.
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Joe,

As I wrote a few weeks ago, I am trying to make use of the gift of music more in my private devotions, taking 15-20 minutes to listen to some hymns or modern worship songs. Well, this week my heart has been stirred by this great hymn, Jesus Paid it All:

I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.”

Refrain

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

For nothing good have I
Whereby Thy grace to claim,
I’ll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb.

And now complete in Him
My robe His righteousness,
Close sheltered ’neath His side,
I am divinely blest.

Lord, now indeed I find
Thy power and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone.

When from my dying bed
My ransomed soul shall rise,
“Jesus died my soul to save,”
Shall rend the vaulted skies.

And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete,
I’ll lay my trophies down
All down at Jesus’ feet.

As I reflected on this hymn it seemed to me that one of the reasons why I prefer hymns to contemporary songs is that the old hymns so vividly portray the riches of the gospel. In many contemporary songs, there are words about Christ dying for us and loving us, but they just don’t seem to be as complete as, Lord, now indeed I find Thy power and Thine alone, Can change the leper’s spots and melt the heart of stone.” That is a beautiful lyric, and a more beautiful truth! It is a great blessing that God has moved men and women to write such sweet words in song, both to educate us theologically and stir our hearts to love and worship the Savior.

 

Larry

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