"In Christ Alone"
poet sets out to expose the biblical idea of what it means to be "in Christ."
Notice the powerful depiction of Christ’s incarnation, his suffering and
death, his resurrection, his exaltation, and the sure promise of his glorious
IN CHRIST ALONE
In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone! —who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied—
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious Day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.
—Stuart Townend and Keith Getty @2001 Kingsway Thankyou Music. This song is currently available on the top ten list at www.worshiptogether.com. You can also find a lead sheet and an arrangement at www.praisecharts.com. You can actually hear the music at both of these sites. There are SATB choral arrangements available by Camp Kirkland and by Robert Sterling, but I think it works really well as congregational song.
[Another great song by Stuart Townend is "How Deep the Father’s Love for Us."]
Have a great week.
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary