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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 heav’n He stands.
No tongue can bid me thence depart.
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.
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 with 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.
With Christ my Savior and my God.

Yes, this newish hymn is another of those old, old ones.  I wasn’t familiar with it in its old form but I came across it recently.  The tune was rather non-descript which is probably why this song has been brought to the forefront with some really beautiful music!

A friend of mine who had been a believer for a long time, told me that when she heard the words to this song, she understood more about the doctrine of salvation and justification than she had understood in all those years of listening to sermons!

We must understand that each of us “hears”, understands, and processes in different ways and for many, the words they sing touch their hearts and souls at a place that much of the preaching they have heard doesn’t.

No, I’m not suggesting we get all our theology from songs.  Just that we not be threatened by them or tunes that make them more singable and thus more memorable.  It’s an aid to memory.  We want to maintain all the aids we can to keeping GOD’s Word in our hearts.

As long as I get to hear some of the music I like, and the music isn’t disruptive (I’ll talk more about that later)…I don’t mind that I don’t love all of the tunes…as long as the lyrics are good.  I realize that for many, this is their language.  It is the language of their soul!  It is how they sing out their faith.

Frankly, it is how I sing out mine too.  I am just familiar with different songs and often different tunes.  However, this newish song to me is a real favorite.  I love the words AND the music.

To know that I have my High Priest advocating for me at the throne of GOD; that at those times (like recently) when Satan tosses accusation after accusation at me, tempting me to despair…often successfully!  I know that He had paid for all of it…already!  I am hid with Christ…in His death and His resurrection. There is a time coming when I will be with him because of His grace to me!  This topic is woven through many of Paul’s epistles so clearly!

How delightful!  Join me in rejoicing as you sing along with this singer on YouTube.

Original words by Charitie Lees Bancroft (1841-1892), alternate words and music by Vikki Cook

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