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Songs

8
Apr

And can it be

Len Sweet posted this hymn of Wesley’s on Facebook. As I watched, the years fell away and my soul was lifted up. My memory went back years to the Bridge Street Church in Leeds, Yorkshire singing this at the top of their lungs. Then I remembered from my time with interVarsity in Ann Arbor and my friend, Dave Collins leading the students to sing these amazing words whole heartedly. IV was known for almost preaching from the hymns. And there is so much here to underline. All the stanza’s rock. Because I took my gracefall, verses 3 & 4 in the video move me to tears — it is 4&5 from the lyrics below since this lyric sheet included verse two from the original that the video left out.

 

And can it be that I should gain
an interest in the Savior’s blood!
Died he for me? who caused his pain!
For me? who him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be
that thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be
that thou, my God, shouldst die for me? ‘Tis mystery all: th‘ Immortal dies!
Who can explore his strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
to sound the depths of love divine.
‘Tis mercy all! Let earth adore;
let angel minds inquire no more.
‘Tis mercy all! Let earth adore;
let angel minds inquire no more.

He left his Father’s throne above
(so free, so infinite his grace!),
emptied himself of all but love,
and bled for Adam’s helpless race.
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free,
for O my God, it found out me!
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free,
for O my God, it found out me!

Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
thine eye diffused a quickening ray;
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
my chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed thee.
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed thee.

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in him, is mine;
alive in him, my living Head,
and clothed in righteousness divine,
bold I approach th‘ eternal throne,
and claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Bold I approach th‘ eternal throne,
and claim the crown, through Christ my own.

 

If these words don’t give hope, I fear nothing will. May you know the reality of what Wesley wrote in your life this day.