Arise

God is near at hand when you do approach Him in prayer. Oh, comforting truth! A God at hand to hear the softest breath of prayer–to listen to every confession of sin–to every cry of need–to every utterance of sorrow–to every wail of woe–to every appeal for counsel, strength, and support. Arise, O my soul! and give yourself to prayer; for God is near at hand to hear and answer you. – Octavius Winslow

A song that has ministered to me lately is Arise, My Soul Arise by Charles Wesley. The lyrics beautifully explain the gospel with power. Please let these words strengthen you this day.

Arise, my soul, arise; shake off thy guilty fears;
The bleeding sacrifice in 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 all our race,
His blood atoned for all our race,
And sprinkles now the throne of grace.

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,
‘Nor let that ransomed sinner die!’

The Father hears Him pray, His dear anointed One;
He cannot turn away, the presence of His Son;
His Spirit answers to the blood,
His Spirit answers to the blood,
And tells me I am born of God.

My God is reconciled; His pardoning voice I hear;
He owns me for His child; I can no longer fear:
With confidence I now draw nigh,
With confidence I now draw nigh,
And ‘Father, Abba, Father,’ cry.

Because of the five bleeding wounds, we have been ransomed. We can now draw near to God with confidence! ARISE! ARISE, MY SOUL ARISE!

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2 Responses to Arise

  1. Chip Collins says:

    Yes, great song, great lyrics! I especially like verse 3…

  2. Eric says:

    Verse 3 is definitely the high mark! “Forgive him… don’t let that ransomed sinner die.”

    If that doesn’t give courage and guarantee full forgiveness, nothing will. Jesus Christ – the payment for sin – cries, “Father, forgive them. Deal with them according to the pleasure you have in me because you have dealt with me according to the anger you had towards them.”
    PROPITIATION!

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