Part 6: Hallelujah, What a Savior

Been a while since our last installment - God brought me to this great hymn of the faith via my friend and sister in the Lord, Cami Rodgers. Originally published in 1875 by Philip Bliss (1838-1874) this wonderful song of the faith has survived the test of time. Bliss grew up working a farm and in lumber camps but eventually found his way as a music teacher. At the age of 26, Bliss sold his first song and went on to work for a hymn publisher. D.L. Moody urged Bliss to pursue a career as a singing evangelist, and so he did, beginning in 1874. In 1876 Bliss and his family were involved in a train wreck. Reportedgly, Bliss returned to the fiery train to save his wife, but they both died. Such a tragedy shortened what could have been a long prolific hymnwriting ministry - but praise the Lord that we have hymns like Hallelujah, What a Savior from his pen.

The Hymn is a wonderful anthem of Christ’s redemption work and encompasses 5 beautiful stanzas that address his finished work in our place. I am especially moved by the opening line “Man of Sorrows! what a name, For the Son of God, who came - how amazing that the Son of God came as a man of sorrows. He deserved glory, honor and worship and instead received sorrow, pain, and affliction. This melodically simple song holds a treasure trove of significance and value and I hope you find as much sweetness in its verses as I do. Praise Him for his Finished work!

“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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