Tonight I am pondering my guilt, the punishment I deserve, the grace I received, and the One Who took my place.
Earlier, a friend on Facebook posted some of the lyrics to this old hymn. We sing this in our church, and I cannot make it through this song without crying. Every single time.
Satan does tempt us to despair and reminds us of the guilt within. But my sinful soul is counted free. My life is hidden with Christ, and God’s justice is satisfied.
Before The Throne Of God Above
by Charitie L. Bancroft, 1863
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!
Is your life hidden in Christ? Has your soul been purchased by His blood?