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Jun 2012

O My Soul, Arise

But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. – Hebrews 9:11-14

This Sunday we will be introducing a new song to our Sunday gathering entitled O My Soul, Arise, with words by Charles Wesley, and with music and additional lyrics by Eric McAllister. It is featured on the new Sovereign Grace Music album From Age to Age. Originally published in Hymns and Sacred Poems in 1742, it was originally titled Behold the Man. In today’s hymn books, it is titled Arise, My Soul, Arise. The hymn emphasizes the assurance that comes from knowing that the sufficient once-for-all sacrifice of Christ is forever made effective through the ongoing high priestly work of the same ascended Lord, who intercedes on our behalf continually. Assurance then comes not from some inner feeling, or from self-examination, but from the objective reality of Christ’s fully sufficient work on our behalf. This assurance is communicated to us through the testimony of the Spirit, who assures us of our forgiveness and adoption specifically by witnessing to the same saving work of Christ for us. Eric McAllister, who retuned this hymn had this to say about the song:

Hebrews 9:11–14 assures us that Christ has achieved a perfect redemption for us through His blood that purifies even our very consciences. Charles Wesley’s hymn, Arise, My Soul, Arise, is an encouragement to apply those verses to our souls. I set the song in a minor key, aware that the battle to remember the scriptural truths contained in these verses is a battle! But how sweet it is to contend with our souls knowing that the object of our trust is Jesus Christ. He is our unique and perfectly qualified Great High Priest, and our assurance that we do not fight alone.

Here are the lyrics to the song:

Arise, my soul, arise, shake off your guilty fears
The bleeding sacrifice on my behalf appears
Before the throne my surety stands
Before the throne my surety stands
My name is written on His hands

He ever lives above for me to intercede
His all redeeming love, His precious blood to plead
His blood atoned for every race
His blood atoned for every race
And sprinkles now the throne of grace

O my soul, arise, behold the risen Christ
Your Great High Priest, your spotless sacrifice
O my soul, arise, God owns you as His child
Shake off your guilty fears
My soul, arise

Five bleeding wounds He bears, received on Calvary
They pour effectual prayers
They strongly plead for me:
“Forgive him, O forgive,” they cry
“Forgive him, O forgive,” they cry
“Don’t let that ransomed sinner die!”

My God is reconciled, His pardoning voice I hear
He owns me as His child, I can no longer fear
With confidence I now draw nigh
With confidence I now draw nigh
And “Father, Abba, Father,” cry

You can listen to O My Soul, Arise below by clicking the video, and you can purchase and download the song by clicking here. I pray that this song would be medication for our souls as we proclaim Christ’s soul restoring and life transforming power in our lives.



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