Sing the whole hymn bro!

In too many a worship center these days hymns make a cameo appearance. It usually entails sining the chorus on repeat with one verse or none. But there is such richness and truth in the great hymns that we should feel let down when we don’t encounter them in their totality.

I appreciate our ABIDE worship leader, Jon Lemondola, because he loves hymns and is willing to teach us and lead us through them. This week he chose “Nothing but the blood.” I bet you can sing the chorus, but can you recite all five verses? It is full of truth and refreshing. In fact, the hymn preaches and makes it increasingly difficult for us to preach works or something other than the gospel first delivered to us…

It is even hard to find a video with the whole thing!

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

For my pardon, this I see,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
For my cleansing this my plea,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Nothing can for sin atone,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Naught of good that I have done,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

This is all my hope and peace,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
This is all my righteousness,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Now by this I’ll overcome—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus,
Now by this I’ll reach my home—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Glory! Glory! This I sing—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus,
All my praise for this I bring—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

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