Thursday, January 13, 2011

There is therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus...Romans 1:8

I was having my devotions this morning and this precious hymn came to my mind. My heart was just overflowing at reading the words, I hope that it will bless you as well.

And Can it Be?

And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain—
for me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?...

’Tis mystery all: th’Immortal dies:
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
to sound the depths of love divine.
’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore,
Let angel minds inquire no more...

He left His Father’s throne above
So free, so infinite His grace—
Emptied Himself of all but love,
and bled for Adam’s helpless race:
’Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!...

Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray—
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee...

Still the small inward voice I hear,
that whispers all my sins forgiven;
Still the atoning blood is near,
that quenched the wrath of hostile Heaven.
I feel the life His wounds impart;
I feel the Savior in my heart...

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;
Alive in Him, my living Head,
and clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own...

~John Wesley

Truely, where would we be without this hymns of old that are so rich, incredibly rich. They minister to the heart like nothing today's Christian music can.

1 comment:

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

Thank you for sharing this hymn today - it is not one I know but the words are uplifting.

Have a blessed day,