Saturday, February 27, 2016

Psalms, and Hymns and Spiritual Songs...

This Sunday, our congregation will be once again singing a hymn that is new to us, but was written centuries ago.  This hymn by Thomas Kelley in 1804.  Kelley, a dissenting minister gives us a wonderful gospel song to proclaim.  The Trinity Hymnal provides it for churches still today.  The last two lines have been engrained in my mind for over a week.    I need them...and I need to sing them:

"Stricken, smitten, and afflicted, see him dying on the tree!
‘Tis the Christ by man rejected; yes, my soul, ’tis he, ’tis he!
‘Tis the long expected Prophet, David’s son, yet David’s Lord;
by his Son God now has spoken: ’tis the true and faithful Word.

Tell me ye who hear him groaning, was there ever grief like his?
Friends thro’ fear his cause disowning, foes insulting his distress;
many hands were raised to wound him, none would interpose to save;
but the deepest stroke that pierced him was the stroke that Justice gave.

Ye who think of sin by lightly nor suppose the evil great
here may view its nature rightly, here its guilt may estimate.
Mark the sacrifice appointed, see who bears the awful load;
’tis the Word, the Lord’s Anointed, Son of Man and Son of God.

Here we have a firm foundation, here the refuge of the lost;
Christ’s the Rock of our salvation, his the name of which we boast.
Lamb of God, for sinners wounded, sacrifice to cancel guilt!
None shall ever be confounded who on him their hope have built."