Monday, October 12, 2009

His Robes For Mine

We started learning a new hymn entitled His Robes For Mine at the chapel yesterday. I found it while browsing the Church Works Media site.

If you'd like to try the hymn out, here is the sheet music. [For what it's worth, I think we may take it down a half or maybe a whole step the next time we sing it.]

Also, here is an audio recording of three of the verses sung beautifully by five sisters.

I'm still wrapping my hands around the bulk of theology packed into these four short verses. When was the last time you sang vicarious and propitiation in the same hymn! In particular, I'm meditating on the line "God estranged from God" in the chorus and the last two lines of the fourth verse.

His Robes For Mine
His robes for mine: O wonderful exchange!
Clothed in my sin, Christ suffered ‘neath God’s rage.
Draped in His righteousness, I’m justified.
In Christ I live, for in my place He died.

Chorus:
I cling to Christ, and marvel at the cost:
Jesus forsaken, God estranged from God.
Bought by such love, my life is not my own.
My praise-my all-shall be for Christ alone.

His robes for mine: what cause have I for dread?
God’s daunting Law Christ mastered in my stead.
Faultless I stand with righteous works not mine,
Saved by my Lord’s vicarious death and life.

His robes for mine: God’s justice is appeased.
Jesus is crushed, and thus the Father’s pleased.
Christ drank God’s wrath on sin, then cried “‘Tis done!”
Sin’s wage is paid; propitiation won.

His robes for mine: such anguish none can know.
Christ, God’s beloved, condemned as though His foe.
He, as though I, accursed and left alone;
I, as though He, embraced and welcomed home!

2 comments:

Jill said...

Wow- glad I went and listened to this! What a beautiful hymn, think I'll have to hit repeat on this one today to take in all the words.

Jeremy said...

Yea, it is packed full of doctrine. I really like it a lot!