My Savior’s Love

This Sunday at GraceLife Church, we’ll close out the worship service with a genial and familiar hymn, “My Savior’s Love” by Charles Gabriel.1 It’s also known as “I Stand Amazed in the Presence,” and appropriately so. In the second stanza, Gabriel expresses where his amazement reaches its height—in Gethsemane.

For me it was in the garden
He prayed, “Not my will, but Thine,”
He had no tears for His own griefs,
but sweat-drops of blood for mine.

It is here that our Lord, Who’s “soul is filled with sorrow to the point of death” (Matt 26:38), singularly submits to the Father’s will. He knows that the cup of suffering due to God’s wrath is before Him, and yet He yields (read Luke 22:41-44).

Christ’s ultimate desire is to see the Father glorified. That is, to see God’s plan of salvation for man accomplished. To see the love of God borne out on the cross of Calvary. And what should our response be?

How marvelous! How wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful!
Is my Savior’s love for me!

41TjfZbI5IL._SY329_BO1,204,203,200_If you have yet to purchase a copy of the newly published Hymns of Grace, let me encourage you do so. This hymnal is a devotional resource. I absolutely love my copy and turn to it often.

Below is the song’s lyrics in its entirety, enjoy!

I stand amazed in the presence
Of Jesus the Nazarene,
And wonder how He could love me,
A sinner, condemned, unclean.

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O how marvelous! O how wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
O how marvelous! O how wonderful!
Is my Savior’s love for me!

For me it was in the garden
He prayed: “Not My will, but Thine.”
He had no tears for His own griefs,
But sweat drops of blood for mine.

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In pity angels beheld Him,
And came from the world of light
To comfort Him in the sorrows
He bore for my soul that night.

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He took my sins and my sorrows,
He made them His very own;
He bore the burden to Calvary,
And suffered and died alone.

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When with the ransomed in glory
His face I at last shall see,
’Twill be my joy through the ages
To sing of His love for me.

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SOURCE:
1 Hymns of Grace (Los Angeles: The Master’s Seminary Press, 2016). 105.