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Wednesday Is for Worship: “Arise, My Soul, Arise”

A blessed Wednesday to you!  It’s a good day to arise and praise the Lord, especially as the feel of fall is strikingly in the air.  Today I’m going to take you back… way back to 1742.  In that year, one of the finest hymns was put to paper called “Arise, My Soul, Arise.”

Charles Wesley (the brother of the famous preacher and founder of Methodism John Wesley) wrote this hymn in his native country of England.  He was a prolific hymn-writer with over 6,000 songs to his credit.  Absolutely amazing!  The melody was composed by Lewis Edson, an American in New England, in 1782.

I have been greatly blessed to sing the Wesley/Edson version of this song.  I pray you will be as well!

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.


If the original is a little bit too high church for you, then I’d highly recommend Kevin Twit of Indelible Grace’s version.  It’s very celebratory and offers a chorus more inline with our modern singing.

Sovereign Grace also has a great modern version composed by Eric McAllister, which is a bit more meditative than the original but has a bright and awesome Christ-centered chorus!  You gotta hear it!


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