Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Comment on a Hymn

In Christ Alone

This is a striking hymn. And here's something to consider to help you sing it with greater understanding and therefore with greater feeling. Each verse has a theme, and the theme is stated in the last line of the verse.
Verse 1: the love of Christ.
Verse 2: the death of Christ.
Verse 3: the blood of Christ.
Verse 4: the power of Christ.
This is a literary device that the author included to help us grasp well the point of the song: we stand as Christians in Christ alone.

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song.
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe.
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied.
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain.
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me.
For I am His and He is mine -
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me.
From life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand.
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.