This blog post is part of a series that I began for telling our story. You can read the first post here.

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Yesterday, the sermon hymn was my favorite song in our hymnal. I love singing it every year during Lent, because the words are so powerful and the melody so beautiful. It walks through the story of Holy Week in poetry, and probably my favorite point in the song is verse 3, where you see the crowds turn from praising Jesus on Palm Sunday to calling for His execution. But by far, the best verse is the final one, looking ahead to the promise of eternal life.

Please enjoy!

  1. My song is love unknown,
    My Savior’s love to me,
    Love to the loveless shown
    That they might lovely be.
    Oh, who am I
    That for my sake
    My Lord should take
    Frail flesh and die?
  2. He came from His blest throne
    Salvation to bestow;
    But men made strange, and none
    The longed-for Christ would know.
    But, oh, my friend,
    My friend indeed,
    Who at my need
    His life did spend!
  3. Sometimes they strew His way
    And His sweet praises sing;
    Resounding all the day
    Hosannas to their King.
    Then “Crucify!”
    Is all their breath,
    And for His death
    They thirst and cry.
  4. Why, what hath my Lord done?
    What makes this rage and spite?
    He made the lame to run,
    He gave the blind their sight.
    Sweet injuries!
    Yet they at these
    Themselves displease
    And ’gainst Him rise.
  5. They rise and needs will have
    My dear Lord made away;
    A murderer they save,
    The Prince of Life they slay.
    Yet cheerful He
    To suff’ring goes
    That He His foes
    From thence might free.
  6. In life no house, no home
    My Lord on earth might have;
    In death no friendly tomb
    But what a stranger gave.
    What may I say?
    Heav’n was His home
    But mine the tomb
    Wherein He lay.
  7. Here might I stay and sing,
    No story so divine!
    Never was love, dear King,
    Never was grief like Thine.
    This is my friend,
    In whose sweet praise
    I all my days
    Could gladly spend!

Next post coming tomorrow.