This morning I’m sharing a hymn which I’m pretty sure I’ve never sung in any meeting. My friend Leanne pointed it out to me quite a while ago, and I love it so much!! Many of you may already be familiar with it. On the internet I found a link with a group of men singing it (with a short message before by a young woman). I’ve posted it so that you can hear the tune (in case you don’t already know it). The message is powerful, beautiful, and thought-provoking. Enjoy!
O SAVIOR, THOU WHO WEAREST A CROWN
- O Savior, thou who wearest A crown of piercing thorn,
The pain thou meekly bearest, Weigh’d down by grief and scorn.
The soldiers mock and flail thee; For drink they give thee gall;
Upon the cross they nail thee To die, O King of all.
- No creature is so lowly, No sinner so depraved,
But feels thy presence holy And thru thy love is saved.
Tho craven friends betray thee, They feel thy love’s embrace;
The very foes who slay thee Have access to thy grace.
- Thy sacrifice transcended The mortal law’s demand;
Thy mercy is extended To ev’ry time and land.
No more can Satan harm us, Tho long the fight may be,
Nor fear of death alarm us; We live, O Lord, thru thee.
- What praises can we offer To thank thee, Lord most high?
In our place thou didst suffer; In our place thou didst die,
By heaven’s plan appointed, To ransom us, our King.
O Jesus, the anointed, To thee our love we bring!
Text: Karen Lynn Davidson, b. 1943. (c) 1985 IRI
Music: Hans Leo Hassler, 1564-1612; adapted by J. S. Bach, 1685-1750
(So you’ll know how the tune goes; you’ll recognize it – A little introduction first)