12 February 2012

Sunday Morning Praise

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
This hymn, composed in 1707 by Isaac Watts, was originally written "for use at a communion service conducted by Watts. Its original title was 'Crucifixion to the World by the Cross of Christ'" (Kenneth Osbeck, 101 Hymn Stories, 278). Enjoy.


When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

His dying crimson, like a robe,
Spreads o'er His body on the tree;
Then I am dead to all the globe,
And all the globe is dead to me.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.


  1. Fabulous, one of my favorites, love when we sing it when we gather for worship Sunday am's.

  2. Subliminal

    This is why I love your site EBenz so.. It's not all about "defending the faith" which is vitally important but it also contains a variety of posts to take a break---that day of REST and enjoying the Lord..

    Good balance


  3. Praise God! Thank you for the encouragement, JM.

  4. Yes, EBenz...as much as most of us appreciate you making us aware of the many attacks against Biblical Christianity and the clear drift from Biblical truth taking place today, I also appreciate the hymns you post. They are like a breath of fresh air because they focus on the many truths of the Gospel, which most songs considered to be worship songs of this day do not. When we are reminded of how lost we are without Him because of our sin, and of His 'love so amazing so divine,' it fills us anew with deep appreciation and love for Him because of what He went through to pay the debt to sin that we could never pay. Living for Him and contending for the faith becomes even more important to us when we are reminded of the truth of the Gospel and His costly love...
    "This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins." 1 John 4:10

    Please keep these songs coming!
    God Bless You.


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