Saturday Song: Not What My Hands Have Done

One of my favorite activities is looking through the hymnal and reading songs I’ve never heard.  Tonight’s song is written by Horatius Bonar (1808-1889). The tune was written by George Walter Martin (1828-1881).  Here is a video of the song (with an extra verse or two) arranged by Brian Moss.

Verse 1

Not what my hands have done can save my guilty soul;

Not what my toiling flesh has borne can make my spirit whole.

Not what I feel or do can give me peace with God;

Not all my prayers and sighs and tears can bear my awful load.

Verse 2

Your voice alone, O Lord, can speak to me of grace;

Your pow’r alone, O Son of God, can all my sin erase.

No other work buy Yours, no other blood will do;

No strength but that which is divine can bear me safely thro’.

Verse 3:

I praise the Christ of God; I rest on love divine;

And with unfalt’ring lip and heart I call this Savior mine.

My Lord has saved my life and freely pardon gives;

I love because I first loved me, I live because He lives.

About Katiehttps://thoughtsong.wordpress.comI like to dabble in writing out thoughts on scripture and life events.  Music, to me, is a dear friend, the structure that organizes my thoughts, and the feelings of my heart. Most of my time, however, is spent Teaching and Homemaking (especially trying to create hygge and live as a gluten-free baker). Take all these things away and I still have my true identity: I'm a sinner saved by grace and who dearly loves the Savior who first loved her. And that's really all that matters.

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