Not What My Hands Have Done

“Not What My Hands Have Done”

Many of the great worship hymns that we sing in our churches on Sunday mornings were written by men who lived hundreds of years ago. Men such as Martin Luther, 1483-1546, (“A Might Fortress Is Our God’), John Newton, 1724-1807, (“Amazing Grace”), and Augustus Toplady, 1740-1778, (“Rock of Ages’).

Horatius Bonar is another man who penned many of the hymns that we sing today. Bonar was a 19th Century Scottish pastor and preacher (1898-1889) who wrote hymns such as “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say,” “I Lay My Sins on Jesus,” and “No, Not Despairingly.”

Another of Bonar’s hymns is entitled “Not What My Hands Have Done.” This hymn, like many, has been set to a more contemporary rhythm and sung by contemporary artists.

Below is a version of “Not What My Hands Have Done” by Indelible Grace that I pray will bless you as it has me.

“He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that being justified by His grace we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Jude 3:5-6)


For information on Bonar, see The Life And Works Of Horatius Bonar. For a list of his sermons, see here at Monergism.

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