Welcome!  Hymns have been and continue to be a real source of inspiration to me.  My desire in this blog is to share special hymns with my readers hoping that the words will minister to them, especially in times of great personal need.  If one of these hymns ministers to you, please take time to leave a comment so that I know that my blog is helping others as much as it helps me. Sometimes I will also provide a link where you can go to hear the hymn played.  So, please join me here each week and sing along as we praise God together.

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Last summer at Pinebrook one of the worship leaders introduced me to a song which has such solid God-centered theology with personal application. I loved the words and I loved the melody and I searched to find a copy of it. I thought it must be a new composition but I soon found out that it was actually written in 1869 by Charitie Lees Bancroft. I've since found out that it is very familiar to many older Christians who used to sing it as part of their worship. I've been unable to find out much about the author except that she was born in Ireland in 1841, married in Scotland in 1869, widowed twice, and buried in California in 1923. The beautiful music was written by Vikki Cook. One person has commented that the church will be singing this hymn one hundred years from now. It has that kind of message and melody that shouldn't be lost by true worshippers today. So there is little more that I can or should say about this hymn. Please take time this week to meditate upon the power and truth of the words ... Before the throne of God above I have a strong and perfect plea ... my soul is purchased by His blood. Praise the Lord for the truith of these words.

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea
A great High Priest whose name is love
Who ever lives and pleads for me
My name is graven on His hands
My name is written on His heart
I know that while in heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart
No tongue can bid me thence depart

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God, the Just, is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me

Behold Him there! The risen Lamb
My perfect, spotless, Righteousness
The Great unchangeable I AM
The King of Glory and of Grace
One with Himself I cannot die
My soul is purchased by His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ my Savior and my God
With Christ my Savior and my God

Listen to this beautiful hymn here. LISTEN

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