Thursday, November 17, 2005

I've heard the song "In Christ Alone" many times, but always assumed that it was a hymn, probably written in the 1800s, since it has that feel. However, I learned today that it was penned in 2001 by Stuart Townend. That it was written in this century surprises me, that it was written by Townend does not. He is the author of "How Deep the Father's Love" and other such meaningful and thought provoking songs. The lyrics of "In Christ Alone" are by far some of the best I've heard in a very long time. Laden with scripture and doctrine, these lyrics boldly proclaim the Gospel and the ultimate sovereignty of God.

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! - who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied –
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine –
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand!
posted by Christie