• A Sinner Saved by Grace
  • Faithful Lord
  • Grace Sought Me When I Was Astray
  • He Still Loves Me
  • Here We Witness Covenant Surety
  • Holy Spirit, Hear Us As We Pray
  • I Have Such a Gracious Father
  • I Long to Meet My Savior
  • I Nothing Add, I Nothing Take
  • Lamb, Precious Lamb
  • More than Conquerors
  • O Christ, the Holy God
  • O the Deep, Unbounded Riches
  • Our Advocate
  • Praise the Savior
  • The Glorious Exchange
  • The Road to Heaven
  • The Word Made Flesh
  • There Is a Place of Blessed Peace
  • Thy Mercy, Lord, Is What I Need
  • Trusting Only Christ My Savior
  • What Once Was Veiled

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A Sinner Saved by Grace

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8


“A sinner saved by grace”
My daily theme must be.
Arise, my soul, and now embrace
This all-sufficient plea. 

A sinner to my core
In Adam’s fallen race,
But in Christ Jesus something more—
“A sinner saved by grace!”

When Satan, sin, and shame
Accuse me to my face,
I shield myself behind this claim—
“A sinner saved by grace!”

No harm can now befall,
No evil can displace
My ransomed soul when this my call—
“A sinner saved by grace!”

And when before the throne,
The Judge reviews my case,
My peace will be He loves to own
A sinner saved by grace.

This is a phrase God's saints have held dear to their hearts for many years, and rightly so! In only five words we learn three important things about Christianity. First is that we are sinners. There is no getting around this and nothing will change that fact until we are glorified in Heaven. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God Romans tells us. But it's not all bleak. There's a way out: salvation is offered to us. This is the second great truth, and it goes hand-in-hand with the third, which answers "how are we saved?" The answer is a resounding, "by grace!" It is nothing that we have done, but is all of God. This should be of great comfort to all in Christ. When Satan accuses us, when we fear if we are good enough, when we one day stand before the judgment throne, our hope and peace is that, though we are sinners, we are saved by grace.

Faithful Lord

Your faithfulness endures to all generations. Psalm 119:90 LAUDAUTE DOMINUM, LYONS, HANOVER

O true, faithful Lord, we worship your name
And bring to your throne the highest acclaim.
Our voices now sounding with praises outpoured,
Our anthem resounding to You, faithful Lord.

Before the world was You fashioned the plan
In covenant grace to save fallen man:
The Son would first heal us from sin’s savage sword,
The Spirit then seal us to You, faithful Lord.

Lord, faithless are we and likely to fail,
And yet, even so, Your grace will prevail.
Not one promise spoken from Your binding Word
Could ever be broken, O true, faithful Lord!

Lord, now we belong completely to You
And shall always be Your safeguarded few.
For You’ve bound us ever by love’s lasting cord,
Which nothing can sever—Praise You, faithful Lord!

This hymn was written one summer as I taught a Sunday school course on Covenant Theology. Essentially, Covenant Theology explores the promises of God to his people throughout the Bible. If we really get down to the basics of Christianity, I'm not sure that there is anything much more comforting than knowing we have a God who does not break His promises. Although we have done everything to deserve God's punishment and displeasure, He promises us his love and mercy in Christ Jesus and all who have turn to Him can expect just that. 2 Timothy 2:13, "When we are faithless, He remains faithful." From Genesis to Revelation, from first breath to last, truly we can say we have a faithful Lord.

Grace Sought Me When I Was Astray

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9


Grace sought me when I was astray,
Entangled deep in sin,
And found me when I was away
From God and dead within.

Grace brought me from my wicked ways
And drew me near to God;
Awoke me from my fatal daze
And warned me of my load.

Grace bought me from the wrath of God
And full atonement made.
The price was Jesus’ precious blood
And this Grace gladly paid.

Grace caught me when I slipped again
Back to my sins before,
And gently prodded me with pain
So that I’d slip no more.

Grace taught me that, from first to last,
I never can embrace
A hint of pride since all that’s passed
Has been of God’s pure grace. 

There is no shortage of hymns written on theme of God’s grace, and I’m okay with that. What subject could better move us to praise? What I sought to accomplish in this hymn is to show how God’s sovereign grace is present at every stage in our spiritual journey. Grace sought us, brought us, bought us, caught us, and taught us. Realizing this should absolutely silence our thoughts of pride. Salvation belongs to the Lord, not to us. Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

He Still Loves Me

But God shows his love to us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

What God is this from Heaven’s realm,
Who loves me faithfully?
He is aware of all my sin,
My words and deeds, my thoughts within,
And yet He still loves me;
And yet He still loves me.

I’ve nothing pure to offer Him
Who loves beyond degree.
I only have a selfish heart,
And from God’s way I oft depart,
And yet He still loves me;
And yet He still loves me.

Although I try to change my ways,
Impure I’ll always be;
I’ve never done the good I should,
The wrong is all I’ve understood,
And yet He still loves me;
And yet He still loves me.

But God has made me right with Him,
His Son has set me free!
For while I was a sinner still,
Christ died for me, as was God’s will –
Such is His love for me,
Such is God’s love for me.

The words to this hymn came to me, unexpectedly, during a lecture in my junior year of college.  They were rapidly scribbled on the back of my notes and then refined in the days to follow.  The hymn is based on this great verse from Romans 5:8, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  The opening 3 verses explore the fact that no matter what we’ve done, no matter what sin we struggle with, no matter what transgression we are guilty of—God loves us anyway. The fourth verse explains why this is the case.  Simply put, the answer is: Jesus.  Despite my foulest sin, “God has made me right with Him, His Son has set me free.”

Here We Witness Covenant Surety

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4

Here we witness cov’nant surety
In the baptized, Lord Divine.
Here we witness true secur’ty,
And are strengthened by Thy sign.

Here we see our need of cleansing
From our every stain and sin.
Yet we, too, see Thou dispensing
Grace to wash us pure within.

Here we claim we are united
To Thy cov’nant-keeping Son,
And by faith we are delighted
To receive what He has won.

Here we share with that same Savior
In his death and rising, too.
We were dead, but by Thy favor
Have been raised to life anew.

Here we pray our sons and daughters
Will be ever safe in Christ.
For they’ve passed through judgment waters
And have entered cov’nant life.

Here we ask this sacred blessing
Close at heart will always be.
Hence may we lead lives professing,
Lord, that we belong to Thee.

I wrote this hymn on the occasion of the baptism of my niece. I was struck by the fact that many hymns sung at baptisms are dedication hymns. While, truly, there is an aspect of baptism that is about dedicating our lives to the Lord, that is not all it is. In this text, I sought to bring out the rich symbolisms associated with baptism throughout all of Scripture. Baptism represents our cleansing from sin, our passing through judgment, our being buried with Christ and then raised in newness of life. As Christians, we believe our baptism doesn't save us. But when we have faith in Christ, our baptism really and truly represents the fact that we belong to Christ and nothing will pluck us from his hands. What a powerful reminder. Think on your baptism, friends.

Holy Spirit, Hear Us As We Pray

Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. Romans 8:26a

Holy Spirit, hear us as we pray:
Fill us with Your life transforming pow'r.
Come indwell us; make our hearts Your home;
Let us feel Your presence every hour.
Stir within our souls a love for Christ;
Make Him first in all our lives.

Holy Spirit, help us to discern
And perform the Father's holy will.
Quickly vanquish any selfish thought,
So we grow to know Him greater still.
Great Revealer, point us to the Word,
Which from Heav'n has been outpoured.

 Holy Spirit, guide our wand'ring feet;
Help us walk the perfect, narrow way.
Keep us upright, hold us fast and firm,
Lest in sin we blindly slip or stray.
Helper, speed our steps to spread the Word:
Christ alone is Lord of Lords!

Holy Spirit, strengthen our weak frame;
Give us courage when we are afraid.
Fortify us daily in the cross
Where the aweful debt for sin was paid.
Help us boldy to the world proclaim
Christ the Savior\s glorious name! 

I Have Such a Gracious Father

His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning. Lamentations 3:22-23

I have such a gracious Father Who has saved me from my sin;
Cleansed me from my foul transgressions, made me pure without, within.
When I cried out for salvation, in His Word my God replied:
Child of mine, O look to Jesus, trust His mercies now applied.

I have such a loving Father Who enfolds me in His arms.
When I'm weak and scared and lonely, all my worries He disarms.
When I cry out for compassion, in His Word my God replies:
Child of mine, look, see new mercies breaking with the morning skies.

I have such a mighty Father Who is King and Lord of all.
He upholds me by His power, lest I stumble, faint, or fall.
When I cry out for protection, in His Word my God replies:
Child of mine, look, see new mercies breaking with the morning skies.

I have such a faithful Father Who abides in Heav'n above.
Though I wander, He is waiting and will welcome me with love.
When I cry out for direction, in His Word my God replies:
Child of mine, look, see new mercies breaking with the morning skies.

This hymn was inspired by the famous words from Lamentations 3:22-23, "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." No matter what hardship we face, these are the comforting words that God speaks to us to help us through. The final line of the first verse does not follow the pattern established in the last three. This was intentional, so as to establish that God's mercies are most specifically given to us in the person of Jesus Christ. His new morning mercy is His Son. Apart from the salvation mercy we find in Christ Jesus, nothing else would really matter.

I Long to Meet My Savior

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully. 1 Corinthians 13:12 EWING, NYLAND

I long to meet my Savior, to see Him face to face,
To live with Him forever within His heav’nly Place;
To touch His snow-white garment, to hold His nail-pierced hand.
I long to meet my Savior within my true homeland.

I long to meet my Savior, to walk the path He treads,
To follow Him wherever His wondrous presence leads;
To know His loving-kindness, His peace, His strength, His might,
To see Him in His splendor, arrayed in glorious light.

I long to meet my Savior, the King of pow’r and care.
Who in His resurrection has granted me to share.
With reunited loved ones I'll gladly take my place,
And bow before the throne of His never-ending grace.

I Nothing Add, I Nothing Take

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. Colossians 2:8


I nothing add, I nothing take
From Christ, the perfect One.
Always and only I will make
My anthem “Christ alone!”

Might I earn Heav’n by my own hand
Through works that I have done?
No! I could never hope to stand
Outside of Christ alone.

Could I find faith in worldly thought,
Or in some secrets known?
I blush to think I could be taught
Except by Christ alone.

Would all my worthless blood be spilt
It still could not atone
For all my sin, for all my guilt—
That must be Christ alone!

So may this ever be my claim
When found before the Throne,
That my salvation’s in the name
Of Jesus Christ alone.

Lamb, Precious Lamb

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain. Revelation 5:12

Lamb, precious Lamb, Whose blood was shed for me,
Spread on the frame of Calvary’s cruel tree.
Thy paschal sacrifice is all my stay,
Dear Lamb Who came to take our sins away.

Lamb, spotless Lamb, for naught is wrong in Thee!
No mark or blemish, no impurity.
From the world’s founding Thou wast truly slain.
Come, purge my sin and cleanse my every stain. 

Lamb, willing Lamb, Thou walked the suff’rer’s path,
Endured the shame, and drank our cup of wrath.
Stillvain and selfish, oft’ we disobey.
O faithful Shepherd, keep us in Thy Way.

Lamb, mighty Lamb, Who triumphed over sin;
Severed its chains to make us whole within.
Gentle in pow’r, both kind and strong Thou art;
O Lamb and Lion, conquer all my heart.

Lamb, worthy Lamb, Who reigns for endless days,
Maker, Redeemer, Thine be all the praise.
We join th’eternal choirs of Heav’n, great King,
“Glory and honor to the Lamb!” we sing.

The Bible refers to Jesus as the Lamb of God. What does this mean? The title has connections with the Old Covenant practice of Passover. In the very first Passover, the Israelites were instructed to spread the blood of a lamb upon their doorframe so that they would be passed over by Angel of Death. This is fulfilled at the cross where Christ, the perfect sacrifice, shed his blood for us that was then "spread on the frame of Calvary's cruel tree." Just as the Israelites were spared, we are spared the wrath of God if we rest under the cross. All the animal sacrifices of the Old Testament were done away with when Christ came as the "lamb without blemish or spot" (1 Peter 1:19). This was the climax of God's redemptive purpose--a perfect sacrifice to deal with sin once and for all. That's why in Heaven, for an eternity to come, we will sing, "Worthy is the lamb who was slain!" (Rev. 5:12).

More than Conquerors

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37 AURELIA, EWING, LANCASHIRE, NYLAND

All hail the mighty Conqueror, Christ Jesus, our great King!
All hail the glorious Warrior, to Whom our praise we bring.
May He be given honors by all His ransomed host:
We, too, are more than conquerors who make His name our boast.

Yet how can we inherit this title “conqueror” too?
We have not earned the merit or fame that is His due.
For we have only failed Him by every sin and doubt.
Indeed, we cruelly nailed Him and cast the Conqueror out.

But rising up victorious He conquered death and sin,
And reigns in Heaven glorious, each conflict sure to win.
With those of His own choosing He shares the victory;
Says, “Though you once were losing, come conquer now through me.”

“You cannot be defeated by trials in this life.
The conquest is completed o’er Satan, sin, and strife.
No pain, no tribulation, no danger, famine, sword,
No—nothing in creation can conquer those in God.”

Now since our God is for us what have we left to fear?
Though enemies deplore us, we face them all with cheer.
For we will be triumphant: each foe will be trod down
Beneath the Christ exultant, who shares the Conqueror’s crown.

As the title gives away, this text is based on that glorious conclusion to the 8th chapter of Romans. As we look today at the world around us, we may be prone to despair. Any number of fears my pile up in our minds. But Paul's point in this passage is clear: none of these things that we fret over will ever separate us from Christ, so there is no need to worry! Indeed, in Christ we have conquered these fears and foes. That's the amazing thing about Christianity. Christ is the one who has conquered, Christ is the one who has crushed Satan, and yet by faith we become united to Him and we share in that victory. As Paul says later on in this same epistle, "The God of all peace will soon crush Satan underneath your feet." So what can cause us to fear? If we are Christians, than we are conquerors.

O Christ, the Holy God

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.  2 Corinthians 5:21 DARWALL, ARTHUR'S SEAT

O Christ, the Holy God,
Made lowly man for me:
He put on flesh and blood,
And chose mortality.
He knows our need:
He wears our frame
And bore our shame as God decreed.

O Christ, the Royal One,
Took servant form for me
And left His heav’nly throne
To live in poverty.
He healed the blind,
The sick, the lame;
And so He came to serve our kind.

O Christ, the Sinless Soul,
Made fully sin for me:
He bore our burdens whole
That we might holy be.
He was denied;
He was condemned
By wicked men, then crucified.

O Christ, the Living Lord,
Has suffered death for me:
His life and breath outpoured
Upon the blood-stained tree.   
Our pardon sealed,
Our guilt removed,
And by His wounds we have been healed.

O Christ, the Risen King,
Has conquered death for me!
Now saints and angels sing
The song of victory.
For endless days
He reigns on high,
And all will cry His matchless praise.

It can be said that this hymn traces the life of Christ. That life was one of humility and self-denial: the divine becomes human. The first two lines of the first four verses show the paradoxes of that life: The "Holy God" becomes "lowly man;" the "Royal One" takes on the form of a servant; the sinless is made sin; the "Living Lord" suffers death. And why? "For me!" He came to live that perfect life that I could never live, and die the death I could never die. Thus God was pleased to exalt Him after His completed work, to surround Him with the grateful songs of angels and glorified saints--the songs that even today I can join when I sing, "O, Christ, the Risen King, has conquered death for me!"

O the Deep, Unbounded Riches

For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:36

O the deep, unbounded riches
Of God deserve our praise!
How unsearchable His judgments,
How marvelous His ways!
For who His thoughts has fathomed,
Or counsel to Him giv’n?
And who could make a debtor
Of God, the Lord of Heav’n?
For from and through and to Him
Are all things, now and then.
To Him be all the glory
Forevermore. Amen.

Our Advocate

We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.  1 John 2:1b


Before the dreadful Judgment Throne
Of holiness and pow’r
A terrifying scene is shown
Of sinners’ fateful hour.
For there the Law reveals their guilt
And all will fall in shame,
Arrayed in only rags of filth
With nothing good to claim.

But hope remains, for near the Throne
An Advocate now stands.
He lives the precious ones to own
Whose names are on His hands.
Before the sentence comes to bear
He stays the Judge Divine,
And makes His strong petition there,
And calls the guilty “Mine.”

The penalty reserved for them
By Him is fully paid.
No longer can their debt condemn;
Atonement has been made.
He takes their filthy, tattered clothes
And gives them His own dress,
And with this spotless robe bestows
His perfect righteousness.

No longer bound by guilt or fear
Nor dreading punishment,
The ransomed raise their heads to hear
The verdict: “Innocent!”
To those He has defended well
Assurance now is giv’n
That since He knew their horrid Hell
They all will know His Heav’n.

This hymn was largely inspired by the imagery of Zechariah 3. There we find the High Priest, Joshua, standing before the throne of God in rags of filth. This represents his unworthiness before an all-holy God, which Satan is sure to remind him. Yet just as he is about to despair, fully expecting condemnation, the Angel of the Lord appears, saying: Remove the filthy garments from him. And to him he said, Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments. This is of course a picture of what happens for us in our justification. And one day, when we too will stand unworthily before the throne of God, we shall have an Advocate pleading our cause, silencing the accusations of sin and Satan. This Advocate, Christ, will take our filthy rags and give us his pure vestments his very own righteousness.

Praise the Savior

At the name of Jesus every knee should bow. Philippians 2:10a NEANDER, LAUDA ANIMA, REGENT SQUARE

Praise the Savior's highest glory, we on earth our voices raise,
Singing out redemption's story, all His wise and wondrous ways.
Acclamation, adoration — we will praise Him all our days.

Christ came down from highest Heaven, our frail human frame to wear.
All our grief to Him was given, all our sorrow His to bear.
Empathizing, sympathizing — our High Priest knows every care.

He the bonds of sin has severed, by His death upon the tree.
Our transgressions not remembered: cast into the deepest sea.
Thought of never, gone forever — foulness turned to purity.

On that day of full profession Jesus' praise will clearly ring.
Every knee bow in submission, every tongue cry: "Christ is King!"
Voices raising, loudly praising — we our worship gladly bring. 

In four verses, this hymn takes a sweeping overview of the story of redemption. Christ came from Heaven to wear our human frame and know all of our grief and trouble. He then was our substitute on the cross, dying the death that was ours to die. But of course, He didn't remain in the grave. The final verse borrows from the grandiose language of Philippians 2, which says, "God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

The Glorious Exchange

“For our sake He made Him who knew no sin to be sin, that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21


I bless the Christ Who came from Heav’n
To wear my human frame,
To know my every earthly grief,
And own my worthless name.

I bless the Christ Who took my sin,
My pardon fully paid,
Then gave to me His righteousness—
An undeserved trade!

I bless the Christ Who pleads my cause
Before His Father’s throne;
Who makes my need His daily prayer,
And makes my care His own.

I bless the Christ Who guarantees
A future, heav’nly bliss:
Though once He shared in my estate,
Soon I will share in His.

Yet blessings from a thousand tongues
Are still a gift too small.
I can—I must—give o’er to Him
My heart, my life, my all.

2 Corinthians 5:21 speaks of what we call in theological terms the "double imputation." This means that what we have is given to Christ, and what he has is given to us. In the context of that verse, this is referring to our sin and His righteousness. But Christ took on much more than our sin, as this hymn highlights. He shared in our humanity, our grief, and our weakness, and the blessed hope of the Christian is that "though once He shared in my estate, soon I shall share in His." That's a glorious exchange indeed.

The Road to Heaven

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 1 Peter 5:10


The road to Heav’n is sorely marked
With earthly grief and pain.
Here trials and tragedy are parked
To block my upward gain.

“But no!” the Savior says to me,
“Each trouble here is giv’n
From my own hand and serves to be
A higher step to Heav’n.”

The effort would have been too much
And I would not have come,
Save for the Spirit’s guiding touch,
Which spurs my steps toward Home.

For now I see each earthly grief
Has served to teach me this:
In Heav’n is found my soul’s relief,
In Christ my only bliss.

So as I walk this weary road
I look to Paradise,
Where Christ will take my heavy load
And wipe my weeping eyes.

The Word Made Flesh

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14, DARWALL

The Word, our God, in flesh,
Came down from heav'n above,
To live among mankind
A life of selfless love.
On Him was laid
Our guilt, our sin, and by His blood our debt is paid.

This Word is Jesus Christ,
Both Son of God and man.
Before the worlds were made,
God formed this saving plan:
To send below
His only Son, and through His death sweet love bestow.

By Christ all things were made:
The earth, the sea, the sky.
In glory now He reigns,
Upon His throne on high.
He is true light,
Though man cared not and sat and sunk in blinded sight.

His glory now we see
Among our sinful race,
And from His fullness gained
An all-redeeming grace.       
So now believe
And from our God adoption as a son receive.

There Is a Place of Blessed Peace

In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? Matthew 18:10


There is a Place of blessèd peace
Prepared above for me,
Where earthly trials and troubles cease,
And burdened souls are freed.
God’s watchful eye and tender care
Will surely lead me there.

There is a Realm of calm repose
Where anxious hearts are stilled,
Where weary ones rest from their woes,
As God the Father willed.
Where none shall ever toil again,
Or suffer any pain.

There is a Land of sacred love
Where Christ sits on His throne,
And from this righteous seat above
He cares for everyone.
To God He daily intercedes
For His beloved’s needs.

There is a Home of holy joy
Where saints all sing God’s praise,
Where every heart and soul enjoys
The wonders of His grace.
There is no tear, no grief, no strife,
No death, just endless life.

Thy Mercy, Lord, Is What I Need

But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” Luke 18:3

Thy mercy, Lord, is what I need to save my sinful soul.
My earnest plea I pray Thee heed, and make my spirit whole.
Lord, turn away Thy righteous wrath,
Please spare my soul’s deserving death:
Be merciful to me.

Thy peace is what my conscience longs—a respite from my woes:
Thy peace to quiet former wrongs and silence sland’rous foes.
Lord, calm from Thee would soon displace
My guilty fears, so please now place
This peace within my soul. 

Thy grace is what I truly yearn to change my ways within.
For grace alone can make me turn to Thee and far from sin.
Thy grace is all-sufficient, yes,
My heart to change, my soul to bless:
Lord, give this grace to me. 

Thy love shall surely watch me now, and guard my heart and mind.
For all-compassionate art Thou, benevolent and kind.
Lord, what repayment can I give?
There’s nothing, save this life I live,
So let me live for Thee.

This hymn's first line was inspired by the sinner's prayer from Luke: "But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!'" This is the prayer that every individual must make their own, knowing that by doing so they will receive full forgiveness from God. But as this prayerful hymn explores, more than needing God's mercy, we also need God's peace, grace, and love. An honest reflection of our utter need for all things good from God in heaven can produce only one response: "Lord, let me live for Thee."

Trusting Only Christ My Savior

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” John 14:1

Trusting only Christ my Savior,
O, that this might be my claim!
Trusting only in His power,
Trusting only in His name.

Hoping only in Christ Jesus—
He has saved me from disgrace;
Hoping only in His living
And His dying in my place.

Seeking only after Jesus
And not any earthly toy;
Seeking Him in all my doings
Will fulfill my every joy.

Resting only in my Savior
And not fragile worldly things;
Resting only in the shadow
Of His all-protecting wings.

Trusting only Christ my Savior,
O, that this might be my claim!
Why should I not trust Him fully?
He forever stays the same.

What Once Was Veiled

But in these last days he has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed the heir of all things, through whom also He created the world. Hebrews 1:2


All praise and glory be to God for giving us His Word.
What once was veiled is now revealed in Jesus Christ Our Lord.
For God has spoken by his Son, through whom all things were made,
In Christ alone, the Righteous One, is our foundation laid.

He is the source of Heaven’s light, yet in our world has shone.
He is true God by every right, yet made our frame His own.
He took our guilt, our sin, our shame, for these He bled and died,
And having cleansed us by His blood, has now been glorified.

To Christ, that Name above all names, to Him we gladly sing.
Enthroned on high, he rules and reigns—Our Prophet, Priest, and King!
All praise and glory be to God for giving us His Word.
What once was veiled is now revealed in Jesus Christ Our Lord.

This hymn was written to compliment the chapel series of one of my professors in seminary. The series, like this hymn, was on the first four verses of Hebrews 1, which exalts Christ as our Prophet, Priest, and King. "Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son" (v. 1). In days of old the Israelites could only hear from God as His word was mediated through the prophets. But Christ has come as the Word Incarnate, the one who perfectly reveals God. More than being our Prophet, Jesus is also our great High Priest. The tip comes in verse 3: "After making purifications for sins." As was the role of the priest in Ancient Israel, Jesus came to make atonement for our sins. He has purified us and cleansed us so that we can draw near to God. Finally, Christ is our great King. You can hear the royal imagery in verse 3, "he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high." He is now filling the throne that has always been rightfully His, for indeed Christ has been and will be the King of the universe from everlasting to everlasting. As we see in verse 2, He is the heir of all things and the creator of the entire cosmos--King indeed!