Wondrous Cross

As of late I have been doing a lot of thinking about what type of music I fill my head with.  Does this mean I have given up the relm of secular music, No.  I still love the Allman Bros, Railroad Earth, Country Music, but I will be trimming down some of my selection of the other stuff.  In particular most of what is on the radio today, which leaves much to be desired in regards to wholesome lyrics.  So leaves me looking at new “Christian” music (I use that term loosely) on the market which also leaves much to be desired.  Maybe I’m getting old or maybe it is as bad as I think both lyrically and quality!  Not much compares to the lyrics of Psalms and Hymns to contemporary music IMHO.  Speaking of which there is a group called Page CXVI that is on task to make hymns known and accessible again.  Novel concept huh!?  Make music which deep and rich lyrically known in what appears to be a shallow and wide world.  One of my favorites by them is the remake of When I Survey the Wonderous Cross by Issac Watts.  So much truth.  Enjoy the lyrics by Watts and Page CXVI version to music below.

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?

His dying crimson, like a robe,
Spreads o’er His body on the tree;
Then I am dead to all the globe,
And all the globe is dead to me.

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.

To Christ, Who won for sinners grace
By bitter grief and anguish sore,
Be praise from all the ransomed race
Forever and forevermore.


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