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May 2012

Gladly Would I Leave Behind Me

Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. – Psalm 73:25-26

This Sunday we will be introducing a new song to our Sunday gathering entitled Gladly Would I Leave Behind Me, by Ann Griffiths and Doug Plank. It is featured on the new Sovereign Grace Music album From Age to Age. Gladly Would I Leave Behind Me is based on a hymn by Anne Griffiths (1776 – 1805), a Welsh farmer’s wife who died giving birth to her first child at the age of 29. She left behind a small collection of poetry that is regarded as a high point of Welsh literature. The hymn conveys a simple, yet poignant message: as Christians, the desire to lay aside everything in order to gain Christ is a thought that should echo in everything we think and do. Ann’s words capture that thought beautifully. Here are the lyrics to the song:

Gladly would I leave behind me all the pleasure I have known
To pursue surpassing treasures at the throne of God the Son
Worthy of unending worship, love and loveliness is He
By His precious death were millions from the jaws of death set free

Gladly would I give to Jesus all affection, everything
For the washing of His mercy makes my ransomed heart to sing
“Holy, holy!” is the chorus rising up from those who see
Christ exalted, bright and burning, full of power and purity

Where else can I go? Jesus, You’re the One that I was made to know
What else can I do? Jesus, You’re my all, I gladly run to You

Gladly would I flee temptations for their troubles fill my life
Turn and seek my God and Savior for His goodness satisfies
Earthly treasures, all are passing, thieves break in and rust destroys
But in God are awesome splendor, love, and everlasting joys

You can purchase and download Gladly Would I Leave Behind Me by clicking here. I pray that that this song would be one more way that we as the gathered communities of Redemption Hill can fully express the gladness we experience as we long to glorify our Savior Jesus in life or by death.



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