Many of the hymns that we sing are expressions of thanksgiving for what God has done for us in Jesus. The best of them remind us of the sacrifice that was made on our behalf, and the rescue that God brought through it.
One such hymn is I will sing the wondrous story by Francis H. Rowley. He goes through Jesus death on the cross, the way that it brought us to faith in him, and that he is able to keep us through dark days until the day when we will be in heaven with him. Great reasons to “sing the wondrous story.”
I will sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ who died for me;
How He left His home in glory
For the cross of calvary.
I was lost, but Jesus found me,
Found the sheep that went astray,
Threw His loving arms around me,
Drew me back in to His way.
I was bruised, but Jesus healed me;
Faint was I from many a fall;
Sight was gone, and fears possessed me,
But He freed me from them all.
Days of darkness still come o’er me,
Sorrow’s paths I often tread;
But the Saviour still is with me;
By His hand I’m safely led.
He will keep me till the river
Rolls its waters at my feet;
Then he’ll bear me safely over.
Where the loved ones I shall meet.
Yes, I’ll sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ who died for me,
Sing it with the saints in glory,
gathered by the crystal sea.
Francis H. Rowley