Many consider this to be one of William Cowper’s best hymns (the title is “Hark, my soul! It is the Lord!” for the hymnary geeks out there). The original really had 6 verses of 4 lines a piece, with verses 2-5 from the perspective of God (ex. “I delivered thee when bound…”) and verse 6 as the personal response to the truths listed out in the previous verses.
The changes made here include taking the last verse and turning it into the chorus, dropping the first verse all together, and converting the song to a place where it’s the church singing from our own perspective rather than God’s (note, plural: “us”/”we”/”our” rather than singular: “me”/”I”/”my”). Personally, it’s easier for me to relate in that way (though there are great hymns sung from God’s perspective: for example, check out “How Firm A Foundation“).
As always, just click on “listen” to hear a recording of the new song and “learn” to check out the chord chart. Hope this serves you well!
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Christ delivered us when bound
And, when wounded, healed our wound,
Sought us wandering, set us right,
Turned our darkness into light.
Can a mother’s tender care
Cease toward the child she bear?
Though she may forgetful prove;
He will never cease to love.
This alone is our complaint
That our love is weak and faint
Yet we love Him and adore
O for grace to love Him more
His is an unchanging love,
Higher than the heights above,
Deeper than the depths beneath
Free and faithful, strong as death.
We shall see His glory soon,
When the work of grace is done
Partners of His throne above;
Such to us His wondrous love!