This blog post is part of a series that I began for telling our story. You can read the first post here.
Another Lenten worship service, another hymn to dig into. This one is a super quick one, that despite having six verses, flies past before you realize it’s done! I adore the imagery in it, tying the blood of Jesus to the blood of Abel, the first murdered man. In verse 5 I love the words “exulting” and “wafts,” two that we don’t use in everyday speech. And then the voices swelling like a flood… I’ve been blessed to sing in huge groups of people before, and the way the music rolls through the crowd is very much like a flood.
I pray that as Lent turns towards Holy Week that you are blessed by Jesus’ infinitely kind compassion.
- Glory be to Jesus, Who in bitter pains
Poured for me the life-blood From His sacred veins!
- Grace and life eternal In that blood I find;
Blest be His compassion, Infinitely kind!
- Blest through endless ages Be the precious stream
Which from endless torment Did the world redeem!
- Abel’s blood for vengeance Pleaded to the skies;
But the blood of Jesus For our pardon cries.
- Oft as earth exulting Wafts its praise on high,
Angel hosts rejoicing Make their glad reply.
- Lift we, then, our voices, Swell the mighty flood;
Louder still and louder Praise the precious blood!
Next post coming tomorrow.