I will be sharing with you from time to time some of the old hymns you don’t hear about and especially those that are rarely sung or not at all in our churches around the world. Many of these old hymns contain Biblical truth and doctrine found in God’s eternal and precious Word, which isn’t included in the songs being written today. I know many people don’t like the old hymns and prefer to listen to the new praise songs; however, you’re missing out on the blessings of these old hymns and how they speak to the heart and soul of the Gospel message. The hymn I selected for today is entitled “Lamb of God! Our Souls Adore Thee.” The words to this precious hymn were written by James G. Deck and are in the appendix to the 1841 edition of Hymns for the Poor of the Flock. James was the oldest son of John Deck of Bury St. Edmunds. He was educated for the army, and became an officer in the Indian service. Retiring from the army, and having joined the Plymouth Brethren, he undertook, in 1843, the charge of a congregation of that body at Wellington, Somerset. In 1852, he went abroad and settled in New Zealand. His sister was hymnist Mary Walker. His hymns were published in Hymns for the Poor of the Flock, Psalms and Hymns, Wellington Hymn Book, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, and Hymns and Sacred Poems. I sincerely trust this great old hymn will be a blessing to your heart, mind and soul. Enjoy my brethren!
Lamb of God! Our souls adore Thee
While upon Thy face we gaze;
There the Father’s love and glory
Shine in all their brightest rays;
Thine almighty power and wisdom
All creation’s works proclaim;
Heaven and earth alike confess Thee
As the ever great “I AM.”
Lamb of God! Thy Father’s bosom
Ever was Thy dwelling place;
His delight, in Him rejoicing,
One with Him in power and grace;
Oh, that wondrous love and mercy—
Thou didst lay Thy glory by,
And for us didst come from Heaven,
As the Lamb of God, to die!
Lamb of God! When we behold Thee
Lowly in the manger laid,
Wandering as a homeless stranger
In the world Thy hands had made;
When we see Thee in the garden,
In Thine agony of blood,
At Thy grace we are confounded,
Holy, spotless, Lamb of God!
When we see Thee, as the Victim,
Bound for us upon the tree,
For our guilt and folly stricken,
All our judgment born by Thee—
Lord, we own, with hearts adoring,
Thou hast loved us unto blood:
Glory, glory everlasting,
Be to Thee, Thou Lamb of God!
Lamb of God, Thou soon in glory
Will to this sad earth return;
All Thy foes shall quake before Thee,
All that now despise Thee mourn;
Then Thy saints all gathered to Thee,
With Thee in Thy kingdom reign;
Thine the praise and Thine the glory,
Lamb of God, for sinners slain.
The Lamb of God is dramatically revealed in Exodus 12 and 13 of the Old Testament, with the Jewish Feast of the Passover. This is perhaps the most compelling foreshadow of the coming Lamb of God, the Messiah. The Passover Feast occurs each year on the 14th day of the Jewish month of Nisan. It is eaten in remembrance of the Lord “passing over” the houses of those who had sacrificed the Passover Lamb and sprinkled its blood on their wooden doorposts and mantles, while the angel of death visited those who had not sprinkled the blood of the lamb. The angel of death was the final of ten plagues sent by God to redeem His people from slavery in Egypt, the land of their bondage. The Passover Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, was sacrificed upon a wooden cross for the sins of all mankind. Throughout the New Testament the Messiah is called the “Lamb of God”. This may seem a peculiar label to those who aren’t familiar with biblical idioms, but to those who know their Bible, it is a cherished title for the beloved Messiah, Jesus Christ.
Jesus! No other name draws people together so closely, while at the same time evoking hatred in others. In 1999, a political candidate answered a question about who had the greatest effect on his life by saying, “Jesus Christ. He changed my heart.” This person’s honest answer was met with disdain from people who detest the name of Jesus. On the flip side, people all over the world who love Christ meet every week to honor and praise Jesus’ name. To them, His name means love, joy, peace, hope, and forgiveness. What is it about this name that divides people so clearly? Why do some treat the name of Jesus with contempt while others hold it in highest esteem? I think the reason some people can’t stand Jesus’ name is that they don’t want to be reminded of their sin. God’s eternal Word tell us that Jesus Christ is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6), the One who saves us from our sins (Matthew 1:21). People who refuse to ask for forgiveness from sin cannot love the name of Jesus. Yet, His name “is above every name” and one day “every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Philippians 2:9, 11). My friend, the only way to approach God is on His terms. We must receive the forgiveness He offers to us through Jesus Christ. The question remains – Have you accepted Jesus, the Lamb of God, as your Savior from sin?
We can’t ignore God’s only Son,
He is the Lord, the Holy One;
He is the source of life and grace,
The One who died and took our place. – Fitzhugh
Jesus Christ opens the door of heaven to those who open their heart to Him.