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I Glory in Christ

Here is a new/old hymn that you may not be familiar with. It was recently introduced at church and has quickly become one of my favorites. Written by Horatius Bonar, it was recorded last year by Sandra McCracken on her album In Feast or Fallow.

God forbid that I should glory,
Save in the Redeemer’s cross.
Counting shame for Him but honor,
Counting earthly gain but loss.
All the love of God is here,
A love that casteth out all fear.

God forbid that I should glory,
Save in Christ my Lord alone.
Him I lean on; Him I follow,
Him, before the world, I own.
All the love of God is here,
A love that casteth out all fear

God forbid that I should glory,
Save in Christ the Son of God.
Him who sought me Him who bought me,
Him who washed me in his blood.
All the love of God is here
A love that casteth out all fear.

Here is what Sandra says about the hymn:

The text was passed along to me for this project by my friend Kevin Twit (who has a collection of rare hymnals) from a volume of Horatius Bonar’s posthumous hymns.  I love it for it’s fierce statement of love that casts out all fear.  It fit the record themes perfectly.  The stanzas have such a natural lilt that helped the melody to come more easily.  We recorded the guitar vocal first, as a simple, strummy version.  After that, Derek muted the guitar altogether and created a modern, evocative sonic atmosphere for the vocal to live in.