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Hymn One

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Hymn One

As the title says, this is a hymn sort of thing, though I haven't been able to think up a 
title that I'm really happy with yet.


The LORD, enthroned in Heav’n above,
Has shown his grace and perfect love.
While I was still to sin a slave,
Jesus raised me from the grave,
For at the cross, as Jesus died
A child of wrath was made alive!

And when I did my sins confess,
Christ clothed me with His righteousness.
God did not just the sinner spare,
But called him son and made him heir,
For at the cross, that great exchange,
What Christ had earned, a wretch has gained.

I cannot claim myself to save,
For all my sin was all I gave.
Yet Jesus took this foul donation
And by His blood bought my salvation,
For at the cross, I daren’t forget,
Jesus cleared my unpaid debt.

God removing my disgrace,
Made my heart His dwelling place.
Sealed by Holy Guarantee,
I am dead, Christ lives through me.
For at the cross the curtain tore,
From the heavens to the floor.

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  1. Date: 4/17/2011 6:13:00 AM
    So powerful! I have goosebumps. I have read three of your 5 poems and this one is going in my favorites! Keep writing....you are so gifted and spiritual! Ellen

  1. Date: 1/25/2011 2:07:00 PM
    James, a magnificent ditty, Im not sure about religion, but you made it sound, hard fought for, real and graphic, I commend you for this great piece, and enjoyed it mate. Nathan

  1. Date: 1/24/2011 4:40:00 AM
    for in the temple the curtian tore;straight from heaven an open door. you have to get this published. i commend you on your work. John Henry Loving III

  1. Date: 1/19/2011 4:09:00 AM
    I am reading such amazing poetry this morning James. I am glad yours is among the ones I have had the pleasure to read today. I wish you a wonderful day filled with inspiration. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/18/2011 11:48:00 AM
    Worthy words to his Glory! Steve