Those who are regular followers of this blog are aware that music plays a big part in my life, and that I love to share that with others. With that in mind, and as Holy Week approaches, I’ve had a hymn by Charles Wesley on mind a lot over the last few days, and 2 lines of it in particular are repeating over and over in my heart
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, My God, shouldst die for me?
So today, I’m going to share some hymns and choruses that we can sing ourselves, with our families or with our youth groups that reflect the amazing love our Saviour had for us when He went to Calvary to die for our sins.
And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Saviour’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?
You can hear the full hymn ♫here.
One of my favourite choruses at Sunday School and at Youth Camp was He Paid A Debt by Ellis J Crum. It’s such a simple chorus, but it packs a punch…and tells the story of every believer’s heart, how as a sinner I needed someone to wash my sins away but now I sing a brand new song because Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay. Even now, it’s a song that regularly plays in my heart. You can hear the chorus sung ♫here by a family (I’m assuming it’s a father and his sons).
Of course, there’s also the great verse John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” My favourite chorus that has this verse at the centre is this one ♫here by John Hardwick. I like how it emphasises His love for me, that I am the reason He died on the tree, that His forgiveness makes me free, and because of that I can enjoy being in His company.
Another hymn that I learnt as a child and still echoes in my heart today is At Calvary by William R. Newell. I’ll just share verse 4 and the chorus today as that’s the part I’ve playing in my heart at the moment, but you can hear the full hymn ♫here.
Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span
Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty,
And then there’s this wonderful hymn by British hymn writer Stuart Townend How Deep the Father’s Love for Us. The lines that always get me are “It was my sin that held Him there, until it was accomplished; His dying breath has brought me life – I know that it is finished” and then in the last verse “Why should I gain from His reward? I cannot give an answer; But this I know with all my heart – His wounds have paid my ransom.” You can hear the full hymn ♫here. This is a wonderful video clip someone has produced with Scripture to go with the words of the hymn. It’s a lovely clip to share with your family or with your youth group this Easter time.
Lastly, I want to share Jimmy and Carol Owens musical The Witness. You can buy a MP3 download of the album here and it is a recording I can highly recommend. You can also hear it online ♫here. This is a powerful retelling of Peter’s account of his life from the time Jesus called Peter to follow Him up to the Day of Pentecost, with Barry McGuire playing Peter. We had this on a lot in our house when growing up, and now each one of us has our own copies! It’s a musical you’ll enjoy listening to at anytime, but if you are looking for something special for over the Easter weekend, then I can definitely recommend this! I quite often have songs from this musical play in my heart too, especially the chorus from He Came In Love:
But we took Him and we nailed Him to a cross made of wood,
And we raised it high and dropped it in the ground where it stood;
And the blood that flowed to the earth below
Brought forgiveness for the world that had treated Him so.
I hope you have enjoyed my musical thoughts today.
What is your favourite hymn or song that reflects our Saviour’s great love for us?
~ Wendy Sparkes ~