Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hymn-ful Sundays! "He Lifted Me"

This week's hymn is by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel, an American gospel songwriter from the turn of the 20th century. He was estimated to have written several thousand songs, including this one:

In loving-kindness Jesus came
My soul in mercy to reclaim,
And from the depths of sin and shame
Through grace He lifted me.

From sinking sand He lifted me,
With tender hand He lifted me,
From shades of night to plains of light,
Oh, praise His name, He lifted me!

He called me long before I heard,
Before my sinful heart was stirred,
But when I took Him at His word,
Forgiv’n, He lifted me.

His brow was pierced with many a thorn,
His hands by cruel nails were torn,
When from my guilt and grief, forlorn,
In love He lifted me.

Now on a higher plane I dwell,
And with my soul I know ’tis well;
Yet how or why, I cannot tell,
He should have lifted me.
Charles H. Gabriel

This song describes so well how our Savior came to earth to save us. It describes the message of the Gospel in such a personal way: In loving kindness Jesus came, and He called me long before I heard, are examples. Christ came in love and mercy to save us long before we even realized that we needed saving.

Be blessed and shine, lifted up!

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