Friday, April 18, 2014

Hallelujah, What a Saviour!


In remembrance of this day...Good Friday, I would like to share with you the words of a few of my favorite hymns of all time.  Nothing published in music today stirs my soul like these hymns of old.

The Old Rugged Cross

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God, left His glory above,
To bear it to dark Calvary.

In the old rugged ross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see;
For 'twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died
To pardon and sanctify me.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true,
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He'll call me someday to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I'll share.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross, Till my trophies at last I lay down.
I will cling to the old rugged cross, And exchange it someday for a crown.

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

When I survey the wondrous cross, on which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it Lord, that I should boast, Save in the death of Christ, my God;
All the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to His blood.

See, from His head, His hands, His feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down;
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine, That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.



"Man of Sorrows", what a name, for the Son of God who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim! Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude, in my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood; Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

Guilty, vile and helpless, we; spotless Lamb of God was He;
"full atonement" can it be? Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

Lifted up was He to die, "It is finished," was His cry;
Now in Heaven exalted high; Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

When He comes, our glorious King, all His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew this song we'll sing; Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

Amid all of the fun things like the Easter bunny and egg hunts this weekend, my prayer is that each of you, my friends, will reflect on the true meaning of this Easter season.  The Son of God came, died on that cross, then rose to Heaven for each one of us, that we can someday live with Him.

On Friday he died for each of us...Easter Sunday we celebrate his resurrection from the tomb!


Happy Easter to each and every one of you.




  1. Hello sweet ladie. Love this blog. I will be visiting this often. Have a blessed Easter. Cant wait to see you in OMaha and very soon I hope. Love you.

  2. Oh Betsy, I LOVE these old hymns... I grew up going to Sunday Night Services --and we sang out of the old Cokesbury Hymnal (Methodist Church)... I learned all of the old hymns ---and don't hear them much anymore. My family was very musical so we would stand around the piano and sing hymns... Life was good....

    This week (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday) are quite emotional for me--just thinking what Jesus went through. And to think that he did it for US.... But--the best news of all is that EASTER is coming. Jesus LIVES . Hallelujah.


  3. Happy Easter to you and your family, Betsy. :)

  4. Music always touches my heart and you've picked such beautiful and meaningful songs to share with us. Thank you. My favorite song is Amazing Grace, for truly without Him I am blind, it is only through His word do I see. Praise Him forever. Amen.

    Wishing you and your family a most blessed and Happy Easter sweet friend.

  5. ❀.•❤•.✿.•❤ Happy Easter! ❀.•❤•.✿.•❤ to you, my friend!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  6. Wow I love all these old hymns. Thanks for posting them for all to see and glean from them. Be blessed my friend, be very blessed as you have blessed our Lord and Savior

  7. perfect for the day, the weekend and the whole year too!

  8. perfect for the day, the weekend and the whole year too!

  9. Amen Betsy. Thank you for sharing. I love old hymns and the truth in the verses. My children will know always what God sacrificed so that we can live xxx Happy Easter wonderful friend xxx

  10. Beautiful post today Betsy.
    Hugs to you and Happy Easter,

  11. Isn't is amazing how the words of the old hymns become part of your heart forever?
    Have a blessed Easter Betsy.
    Blessings, Aimee

  12. Ah Dear Betsy what hope and joy are in these words of beautiful hymns. It made me sad to read one comment that we dont sing them much anymore.
    Iam very blessed in our church and we still regularly sing such precious words. The gift of new life in Jesus for :
    "He is not here, for He is risen as He said." GLORY!

    Hallelujah what a Saviour! May we daily rejoice and walk in this truth and share it with othere as you have done here. Love Shaz in Oz.x

  13. I love all those old songs. The song I had on Good Friday post...O Sacred Head Now Wounded, was played as an instrumental at the church service that evening. Then my daughter said they sang it at the church she attends. Interesting for sure. A blessed Easter to you!

  14. These hymns are precious to me as well, Betsy. One of my daughter's greeted me this morning by exclaiming, "He is risen!" And I responded with "He is risen indeed!" One of our pastors made a point of teaching our congregation to greet each other on Easter morning this way, when the girls were children and my daughters treasure this as a part of their faith practice still. Thanks for posting! xx

  15. Betsy, the comment you left me today has truly touched me. Thank you. Your words are balm to my soul. One of my "close on line friends" has hurt me through her harsh criticism of my new church and increased faith. God bless you!