Upon a Life I Did Not Live

Meditating on the gospel means that I must consciously fix my mind on truths revolving around the love of God for me in Jesus Christ. This includes anything ranging election in eternity past to glorification in eternity future. But central to my thoughts is the cross. In addition to thinking on particular Scriptures cross-saturated music is tremendously helpful to me.

This morning, while driving, I listened to the following hymn (repeatedly pressing the backward arrow to replay the track). It was so very helpful to me. When I choose to think of Christ, what He has done for me, and who I am in Him, my faith is fed as simple truths shine bright clarity into the fog of life.

Written by the Scottish pastor Horatius Bonar, this ancient hymn has been redone by Indelible Grace. May its truth encourage your mind and heart today to focus on the grace and love of Jesus Christ!

1. Upon a life I have not lived,
Upon a death I did not die,
Another’s life; Another’s death,
I stake my whole eternity.

2. Not on the tears which I have shed,
Not on the sorrows I have known,
Another’s tears; Another’s griefs,
On these I rest, on these alone.

O Jesus, Son of God, I build on what Thy cross has done for me;
There both my life and death I read, my guilt, and pardon there I see.

3. Lord, I believe; O deal with me,
As one who has Thy Word believed!
I take the gift, Lord, look on me,
As one who has Thy gift received. (Chorus)

[View the video here. Purchase the single track here.]

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