Scripture at Sunrise 5.22.09

“He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.”  -Isaiah 53:3

Click here to hear the New Attitude/Next version of this song.  In this version, a different melody and a new chorus by Devon Kauflin is featured:

Savior, You showed Your love, defeated our sin, poured out Your blood.  So we praise You, Lamb that was slain.  We offer our lives to proclaim, “What a Savior!” 

Hallelujah! What a Savior!
“Man of Sorrows!” what a name
For the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Guilty, vile, and helpless we;
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
“Full atonement!” can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Lifted up was He to die;
“It is finished!” was His cry;
Now in Heav’n exalted high.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew this song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!
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Words by Philip Paul Bliss (1836-1876)

Philip Bliss was one of the most prominent hymnwriters in the heyday of gospel hymnwriting.  Bliss grew up working on a farm and in lumber camps, but eventually became a music teacher.  He sold his first song at age twenty-six and later worked for a hymn publisher.  D.L. Moody urged Bliss to become a singing evangelist, and so he did, beginning in 1874.  This hymn was published in 1875.  In 1876, while traveling through Ohio, Bliss and his family were involved in a train wreck.  Reportedly, Bliss went back into the fiery train to save his wife, but  they both died.  It was a tragedy for hymn lovers around the world, but you might say that Bliss just changed his address.  Certainly he continues, even now, creating new praises for our wonderful Savior in glory.

[from April 19 entry of The One Year Book of Hymns]

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