Two Songs of Grace

September 29, 2009 at 9:01 am | Posted in God's Love, Security and Assurance, Theology, Worship | Leave a comment

         Here are some links Stephen Pegler ( sent me with some videos of hymns that I didn’t know.  These are powerful, amazing songs of grace.  The first is an older hymn; in the video it is sung by the Stoneleigh Band, led by Stewart Townend — co-author of my all-time favorite “In Christ Alone” and author of “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us.”  This is a song as powerful as those.

The words were written in 1863 by Charitie Bancroft.  I love the second verse, since we all face the temptation to despair and the “guilt within.”

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea.
A great high Priest whose Name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in Heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free.
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.

Behold Him there the risen Lamb,
My perfect spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I AM,
The King of glory and of grace,
One in Himself I cannot die.
My soul is purchased by His blood,
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ my Savior and my God!


          The second song is a newer one called “The Power of the Cross.”  In the video, it is sung by Kristyn Getty.  Her husband Keith is the other co-author of “In Christ Alone” and, I believe, is playing the piano.  This is also a song he wrote.  Their ministry is to introduce the modern church to new hymns with great theological depth.  Most of their words are amazing.

The words can be found on the Getty’s site:

          Speaking of Keith and Kristyn Getty, here is their version of “In Christ Alone.”  I love her Irish accent and the way they present the third verse.

 Happy listening!  Thanks Stephen!


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