All the Father's heart mine own— Mine—and yet His Son's alone


Would you like a song about what it means to be united to Christ and seated with Him in the heavenly realms? Of course you would! So here's a forgotten treasure from the hymnbook. And what's more, everyone knows the tune, which works equally well with piano or organ, or with a guitar and band: it's set to Irby, which everyone knows as the tune to Once in Royal David's City.

No more veil! God bids me enter
By the new and living way—
Not in trembling hope I venture,
Boldly I His call obey;
There, with Him, my God, I meet
God upon the mercy-seat!

In the robes of spotless whiteness,
With the Blood of priceless worth,
He has gone into that brightness,
Christ rejected from the earth—
Christ accepted there on high,
And in Him do I draw nigh.

Oh the welcome I have found there,
God in all His love made known!
Oh the glory that surrounds there
Those accepted in His Son!
Who can tell the depths of bliss
Spoken by the Father's kiss?

One with Him, O Lord, before Thee,
There I live, and yet not I;
Christ it is who there adores Thee;
Who more dear, or who more nigh?
All the Father's heart mine own—
Mine—and yet His Son's alone.

All the worth I have before Him
Is the value of the Blood;
I present when I adore Him,
Christ, the First-fruits, unto God.
Him with joy doth God behold,
Thus is my acceptance told.

    (Frances Bevan) 

It's number 81 in the Redemption Hymnal (108 in the New Redemption Hymnal), but, as it's set to such a familiar tune, you don't even need to find a hymnbook with these words in it to find the music (just look up Once in Royal David's City). And if you'd rather the guitar chords, here they are.

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