Alright, today we return to the true hymns! If you missed yesterday’s post click here: Hymn of the Day: All Glory Be To Christ.
The hymn for today is yet another hymn by Charles Wesley. I have written his story before so I will not go in-depth about it here. I find this hymn to be connected with the theme of my Who Is He? post this morning: Who Is He? He Does Not Yield to Temptation Part 1.
“Charles Wesley was converted in 1738, and wrote this hymn shortly thereafter; it was published under the title “In Temptation” in 1740 by the Wesley brothers in Hymns and Sacred Poems. John Wesley refused to publish it in his later hymnals on the grounds that its language was too pietistic and too intimate for public worship, concerns which other hymnal editors have shared. Nevertheless, it has survived and remains well-known.” – Worship notes on Hymnary.org
“Originally published under the title “In Temptation,” this hymn has as its theme the sufficiency of Christ to give comfort, power, and grace in any circumstance. It is a plea that Jesus will provide sanctuary to the tempted (st. 1), because there is no other refuge (st. 2). Christ is declared to be the sole desire of the Christian, who is undeserving (st. 3), while Christ’s grace is declared sufficient to cleanse the Christian from all his vile sins (st. 4).” – Bulletin Blurb on Hymnary.org
Psalm 17:8 (ESV)
8 Keep me as the apple of your eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings,
The last part of stanza three is probably my favorite part of this hymn when the first part of stanza four is sung right after it!
“I am all unrighteousness;
false and full of sin I am,
thou art full of truth and grace.
Plenteous grace with thee is found,
grace to cover all my sin;
let the healing streams abound,
make and keep me pure within.”