“Not What My Hands Have Done”

Not What My Hands Have Done

Horatius Bonar

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“Not what my hands have done can save my guilty soul;

Not what my toiling flesh has borne can make my spirit whole.

Not what I feel or do can give me peace with God;

Not all my prayers and sighs and tears can bear my awful load.

Your voice alone, O Lord, can speak to me of grace;

Your power alone, O Son of God, can all my sin erase.

No other work but Yours, no other blood will do;

No strngth but that which is divine can bear me safely through.

Thy work alone, O Christ, can ease this weight of sin;

Thy blood alone, O Lamb of God, can give me peace within.

Thy love to me , O God, not mine, O Lord, to Thee,

Can rid me of this dark unrest, And set my spirit free.

I bless the Christ of God; I rest on love divine;

And with unfaltering lip and heart I call this Savior mine.

His cross dispels each doubt; I bury in His tomb

Each thought of unbelief and fear, each lingering shade of gloom.

I praise the God of grace; I trust His truth and might;

He calls me His, I call Him mine. My God, my joy and light.

‘Tis He Who saveth me, and freely pardon gives;

I love because He loveth me. I live because He lives.”

(a hymn)

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Horatius Bonar, 1808-1889, was a Scottish Presbyterian pastor and hymn writer.

 

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2 Comments on ““Not What My Hands Have Done””

  1. Marty Says:

    Hm.. First blog, I’ve come across, that has an entry of just a song/hymn/poem. It’s nice to see that people are trying to share what they think is cool.
    The hymn is good. I wonder how it would sound though.. Oh well!

    Keep it up!

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    Marty,

    Thanks for your comment. I do enjoy reading the old hymns of the preachers and hymn writers of the 17th, 18th, and 19th Centuries. There is alot of good theology in them that we, unfortunately, are missing in much of today’s contemporary Christian music.

    Horatius Bonar also wrote hymns such as “No, Not Desparingly”, “I Lay My Sins on Jesus”, and “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say”.

    Please visit again.

    Scott

  2. ole maw Says:

    WE OFTEN SING THIS OLD SONG IN OUR SMALL REFORMED S.B.C.CHURCH AND WE LOVE IT. I UNDERSTAND THERE IS A NEW TUNE THAT WAS SUNG AT “THE TRUE CHURCH CONFERENCE”, THIS MAY, THAT I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR. THE ORIGNAL VERSION WE SING IS FOUND IN THIS SMALL HYMNAL….IT IS SUCH A BLESSING http://www.founderspress.com/shop/store.php?crn=205&rn=392&action=show_detail


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