I Know not why God's wondrous grace
To me He hath made known,
Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love
Redeemed me for His own.
But I know Whom I have believed,
And am persuaded that He is able
To keep that which I've committed
Unto Him against that day.
I know not how this saving faith
To me He did impart,
Nor how believing in His Word
Wrought peace within my heart.
I know not how the Spirit moves,
Convincing us of sin,
Revealing Jesus through the Word,
Creating faith in Him.
I know not what of good or ill
May be reserved for me,
Of weary ways or golden days,
Before His face I see.
I know not when my Lord may come,
At night or noonday fair,
Nor if I walk the vale with Him,
Or meet Him in the air.
At our last Bible study, we were looking at the words of this beautiful hymn, and learning a little of the man of God who penned them- Major Daniel Webster Whittle. Below is a very interesting quote from him, especially in the light of many of the new worship songs coming out of churches today.
In speaking of his hymns he once said, "I hope that I will never write a hymn that does not contain a message — there are too many hymns that are just a meaningless jingle of words; to do good a hymn must be founded on God's word and carry the message of God's love." He also felt that the dignity of a gospel hymn deserved the best he could give, not only in material but in construction, and no rules of metre or rhythm were disregarded; he admired greatly the old church hymns and considered them a standard for all hymn writers. He composed about two hundred hymns. Mr. Moody said, "I think Major Whittle has written some of the best hymns of this century."
There are really only a few modern hymns and choruses that I really like today. So many have watered- down doctrine, and many more just sound like a secular love song. You can't beat the grandeur & doctrinal teaching from a great old hymn- I can't get enough of them!
Labels: Hymns, hymnwriter
posted by Father's Grace Ministries at 1:55 pm