Sunday, June 7, 2020

Arise, My Soul, Arise

What do I write on a week that was personally busy and fulfilled, but contained so much pain for our nation? 

I have no words. Only cries. 
For understanding. 
For forgiveness. 
For restoration.

Then I remember Jesus, our Intercessor, who stands before the throne, pleading with His blood for our forgiveness.

I was in my early twenties when I first heard this song, and I'll never forget the joy-filled message of these words. 

I have no answers for the crisis in our nation except to turn to the Lord and plead His forgiveness for all the human race and the many ways we have walked our own roads instead of His way of love.

Arise, My Soul, Arise
by Charles Wesley
Hymns of the Church #296

Arise, my soul, arise; shake off thy guilty fears;

A bleeding Sacrifice in my behalf appears;

Before the throne my Surety stands,

Before the throne my Surety stands,

My name is written on His hands.

He ever lives above, for me to intercede;

His all redeeming love, His precious blood, to plead:

His blood atoned for all our race,

His blood atoned for all our race,

And sprinkles now the throne of grace.

Five bleeding wounds He bears; received on Calvary;

They pour effectual prayers; they strongly speak for me:

"Forgive him, O forgive," they cry,

"Forgive him, O forgive," they cry,

"Nor let that ransomed sinner die!"

My God is reconciled; His pardoning voice I hear;

He owns me for His child; I can no longer fear:

With confidence I now draw nigh,

With confidence I now draw nigh,

And “Father, Abba, Father,” cry.


  1. I love this song! One Sunday morning the preacher shared a heavy message focusing on judgement and I was dreading the "Great Judgment Morning" song that I thought was coming. The song leader got up and led this one and I could have wept for the joy of it! The assurance we can have in Jesus's sacrifice is truly an indescribable gift!

  2. I know this song with a different tune. Some of the words are different, also. Maybe you would also be blessed by this version.

  3. Your blog always gives my heart a warm feeling. I feel painfully far from God sometimes, but loving, perseverent people like you help serve as a bridge back to Him. Thank you.

  4. Gina, thank you so much for the hymn entries you post. Usually I haven't heard of the hymns you reference, and I often end up using them during our music appreciation time, as I have with this one. Thank you so much!!

    P.S. Here is another version of this one!


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