I’m excited to introduce a new (old) hymn to our Gospel Life family in the morning. My first exposure was when we sang it this year at T4G and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since.
I tell our folks often that I’m not a young pastor with new ideas, I’m an ambassador from their great, great, great grandparents in the faith. It thrills me to see ancient texts “freshened up” and made congregationally friendly in a modern context. Such is the case with this hymn.
The lyrics originally written by Venantius Fortunatus (c.530-600) makes this one of the oldest hymns we have available.
We’re introducing an arrangement from Capitol Hill Baptist Church with alternate words, chorus lyrics, and music by Matt Merker, © 2014. Check out the congregational demo recording.
Below are the lyrics.
See the destined day arise! See a willing sacrifice!
Jesus, to redeem our loss, hangs upon the shameful cross;
Jesus, who but You could bear wrath so great and justice fair?
Every pang and bitter throe, finishing your life of woe?
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Lamb of God for sinners slain!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Jesus Christ, we praise your name!
Who but Christ had dared to drain, steeped in gall, the cup of pain,
And with tender body bear thorns, and nails, and piercing spear?
Slain for us, the water flowed, mingled from your side with blood;
Sign to all attesting eyes of the finished sacrifice.
Holy Jesus, grant us grace in that sacrifice to place
All our trust for life renewed, pardoned sin, and promised good.
Grant us grace to sing your praise, ‘round your throne through endless days,
Ever with the sons of light: “Blessing, honor, glory, might!”