Today I am extremely busy. Actually, this whole week, month and summer will be a busy time for me. Because of this the hymn for today will be a repeat of Hymn of the Day: What Wondrous Love is This except I have added a video for your viewing pleasure.
If you missed Friday’s hymn, Hymn of the Day: I Love You, Lord.
The author of this text remains anonymous, but it’s known as a traditional American folk song, first published in 1811. The text has remained basically untouched since it was first made popular by the Sacred Harp shape singers in 1844. Some hymnals leave out the stanza: “When I was sinking down,” and others include a verse that repeats the first verse with the last two lines “That Christ should lay aside his crown for my soul –What wondrous love is this, O my soul!””
Free from death. This is what the cross has done. It has freed sinners from the clutches of death and transferred them into the Kingdom of God’s marvelous light! Even if you cannot sing well, this song should prompt your heart to sing for all it is worth. Christ has done a marvelous thing through his marvelous work from a marvelous love.
He has born the dreadful curse for our soul! He laid aside his crown for our soul! While millions join the theme, we will sing unto the King! Then, through eternity we’ll sing the praises of the Savior who shows his marvelous love to us on the cross!
The music is sung by Fernando Ortega. I find this video to be a helpful tool for my personal worship. It really allows me to visualize what was done on the cross on my behalf! With that being said, I must warn you that this video is somewhat graphic, but it is true. Christ bore the punishment we deserved. He took the wrath of God in full force in order that we would become sons and daughters of his Kingdom! So, while this video is graphic it displays what should have happened to us, but instead happened to our Savior. May this cause your hearts to sing to God and to the Lamb who was slain.
“It was not nails that held Jesus to that wretched cross; it was his unqualified resolution, out of love for his Father, to do his Father’s will-and it was his love for sinners like me.” – D.A. Carson