We are introducing a new song in our congregational singing this month (starting this Sunday). I would like to give special attention to this song because of it’s focus on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As we approach Easter Sunday, I pray the lyrics of this hymn text will encourage you to celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For without the resurrection, our faith is in vain (1 Cor. 15:14-17)
I greatly value hymns of the Christian faith for both personal and corporate worship. A couple of years ago, wanting to dig a little deeper into hymnody, I purchased Our Own Hymn Book compiled by Charles Spurgeon. I began reading it as a devotional, marking texts that caught my attention. One of those was Ye Humble Souls That Seek The Lord by Phillip Doddridge. It’s a hymn encouraging believers to look to the empty tomb of Jesus Christ and joyfully celebrate his victory over death. I thought, “We should be surveying the wondrous cross AND the empty tomb!”
So I got to work on an original melody and some added choruses. I wrote, re-wrote, prayed, and so on until completing the finished product. You can read the original text HERE. The following is the version we will be singing in our gatherings (Note that I didn’t change much!)
He Is Risen
Oh, humble souls, that seek the Lord,
Chase all your fears away;
And bow with joy your head to see
The place where Jesus lay.
Here, low the Lord of life was brought;
Such wonders love can do:
Here, cold in death his heart did lay,
Which throbbed and bled for you.
He is risen, He is risen
Weary souls rest in His name
He is Risen, He is risen
He has conquered the grave
So raise your eyes, and tune your songs,
The Savior lives again:
Not all the bolts and bars of death
Could Conqueror detain
Above angelic bands He rears
His once dishonored head;
And through unnumbered years He reigns,
Who dwelt among the dead.
The grave has no victory
death has no sting
Christ, the Lord is risen
He has set the captives free
With joy like His shall every saint
His empty tomb survey;
Then rise with His ascending Lord
To realms of endless day.
I’ll leave you with this quote from R.A. Torrey
“Gospel preachers nowadays preach the gospel of the Crucifixion, the Apostles preached the gospel of the Resurrection as well. (2 Tim. 2:8-Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead, according to my gospel.”) The Crucifixion loses its meaning without the Resurrection. Without the Resurrection the death of Christ was only the heroic death of a noble martyr; with the Resurrection it is the atoning death the Son of God. It shows that death to be of sufficient value to cover our sins, for it was the sacrifice of the Son of God.”
He is risen!
He is risen indeed!