Monday, July 14, 2008

My Name Is Written On His Hands

One of the devotional books I check out every weekday (at my office) is The One Year Book of Hymns, compiled by Robert K. Brown and Mark R. Norton. The devotionals are written by William J. Petersen and Randy Petersen. The book is published by Tyndale House.

The following hymn with such powerful lyrics was written by Charles Wesley. All the verses are majestic but it was the first verse which ministered to me this morning.

Here's that hymn that was so mightily used of the Lord to bring many to Himself.

Arise, my soul, arise; shake off thy guilty fears;
The bleeding sacrifice in my behalf appears:
Before the throne my surety stands,
Before the throne my surety stands,
My name is written on His hands.

He ever lives above, for me to intercede;
His all redeeming love, His precious blood, to plead:
His blood atoned for all our race,
His blood atoned for all our race,
And sprinkles now the throne of grace.

Five bleeding wounds He bears; received on Calvary;
They pour effectual prayers; they strongly plead for me:
“Forgive him, O forgive,” they cry,
“Forgive him, O forgive,” they cry,
“Nor let that ransomed sinner die!”

The Father hears Him pray, His dear anointed One;
He cannot turn away, the presence of His Son;
His Spirit answers to the blood,
His Spirit answers to the blood,
And tells me I am born of God.

My God is reconciled; His pardoning voice I hear;
He owns me for His child; I can no longer fear:
With confidence I now draw nigh,
With confidence I now draw nigh,
And “Father, Abba, Father,” cry.

~ Charles Wesley

Posted by David Fisher, the Pilgrim


hebrews 11:1 said...

That is a beautiful hymn; I have never heard it before.

How are you doing Pilgrim? How's your van?

Praying for you,

Terry said...

Dear Pilgrim David...I have never heard this before either. I is beautiful! What true words...Love Terry

Felisol said...

Dear Pilgrim Father David,
What depth in that hymn.
Sometimes I wonder, would there ever have been written hymns, were it not
for the trials we meet and the comfort we seek.
Good that the great ones, the Church Fathers also had their share of worldly and spiritual problems.
We are not alone.
All have been tried, and what pearls came thereof.
From Felisol

Vicki said...

Hymns are so powerful and filled with truth. I've wanted to read that book, David. Excellent. It encourages me to learn the stories behind each hymn, too.