Alas and did my Saviour bleed... Here, Lord, I give myself away -
'Tis all that I can do. - At this point in the hymn, Fanny Crosby felt her 'very soul was flooded with celestial light'.
The above incident took place while this hymn was sung on the evening of November 20th, 1850 at a revival meeting at the Broadway Tabernacle. Fanny Cosby was there at the revival meeting seeking for a deeper experience with God. She felt herself terribly lacking in her spiritual walk and went to the meeting at least two times before this event took place.
She called this her 'November Experience' and said that "for the first time I realized that I had been trying to hold the world in one hand and the Lord in the other."
How is our walk with the Lord today? Do we like Fanny Crosby need to align ourselves with the Lord's will and be fully consecrated to Him and His service? Do you want have a 'November Experience' too?
I believe that we are all unique and God know us and treat us according to our uniqueness. So it might not be an experience like hers. But if we seek after God, He promised to be there for us.
May this consecration hymn by Isaac Watts brings us to a closer walk with our Lord and God. For indeed, 'Christ, the mighty Maker' did died 'for man the creature's sin'.
Alas! and did my Savior bleed?
And did my Sov'reign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I?
Was it for crimes that I have done,
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! Grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!
Well might the sun in darkness hide
And shut its glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker, died
For man the creature's sin.
Thus might I hide my blushing face
While His dear cross appears;
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
And melt mine eyes to tears.
But drops of grief can ne'er repay
The debt of love I owe;
Here, Lord, I give myself away -
'Tis all that I can do.
There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all men.
1 Timothy 2:5-6
Meditate upon this verse and as you sing Alas and Did My Saviour Bleed, may the words of this Christian hymns bring you closer to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
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Praise the LORD.
How good it is to sing praises to our God,
how pleasant and fitting to praise Him!
~ Psalm 147:1