I love to introduce new songs for worship because there are always new mercies worth expressing. Our life in Christ is not static and neither should be our repertoire.
Here is what will be in our worship folder:
“O Christ, What Burdens Bowed Thy Head!”
(Written by Anne Ross Cousin in 1857, this song appeared in the Scottish Presbyterian Hymnal, 1876. She was a poet, writer, and musician in the Free Church of Scotland and traveled with her husband who was a preacher of the gospel. She was born, April 27, 1824 and died Dec. 6, 1906. Her most famous published song is “The Sands of Time Are Sinking.” Her song-writing was greatly inspired by the writings of the puritan, Samuel Rutherford, Scottish Presbyterian Pastor, 1600 -1661).
O Christ, what burdens bowed Thy head!
Our load was laid on Thee;
Thou stoodest in the sinner’s stead,
Didst bear all ill for me.
A Victim led, Thy blood was shed;
Now there’s no load for me.
Death and the curse were in our cup:
O Christ, ’twas full for Thee;
But Thou hast drained the last dark drop,
’Tis empty now for me.
That bitter cup, love drank it up;
Now blessing’s draught for me.
Jehovah lifted up His rod;
O Christ, it fell on Thee!
Thou wast sore stricken of Thy God;
There’s not one stroke for me.
Thy tears, Thy blood, beneath it flowed;
Thy bruising healeth me.
The tempest’s awful voice was heard,
O Christ, it broke on Thee!
Thy open bosom was my ward,
It braved the storm for me.
Thy form was scarred, Thy visage marred;
Now cloudless peace for me.
Jehovah bade His sword awake;
O Christ, it woke ’gainst Thee!
Thy blood the flaming blade must slake;
Thine heart its sheath must be;
All for my sake, my peace to make;
Now sleeps that sword for me.
For me, Lord Jesus, Thou hast died,
And I have died in Thee!
Thou art risen—my hands are untied,
And now Thou liv’st in me.
When purified, made white and tried,
Thy glory then for me!
As many old songs do, this one died in the church a long time ago because of the music. Here is the new tune that we’ll use: