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.

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