Songs/Hymns

And Can It Be?

Although I’m sure she doesn’t know it, a friend of mine challenged me a few years ago in regard to listening to contemporary Christian music.  I don’t remember her exact words, but the gist of what she said was that when we listen to and sing popular songs too often, we quit paying attention to the words that first drew us to that particular piece.  Her comment made me check my own habits – not just about the contemporary music but all of the music that I love and sing.  Since that time, I have tried to remain conscious of the lyrics in the  hymns, praise and worship, contemporary Christian music and, especially, any secular music I may be singing.

This past Sunday at church we sang a wonderful hymn that was written by Charles Wesley in the 18th century.  The entire song is wonderful, but as the Lord was dealing with me about sins in my life, He also reminded me through the last verse that if I will run to Him and truly repent (confession, turning away from the and turning to Christ), He does forgive (1 John 1:9).  Because of what the Savior has done on the cross, I am no longer under the condemnation that still plagues the world (Romans 8:1).  Read (sing) the following lyrics and allow them to be a balm for your soul.

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.

(chorus)

Amazing love! how can it be

That thou my God, shouldst die for me!

(Taken from The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration, 1986, pp. 203-204)

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