I’ve been very good about not overusing Getty–Townend songs lately.
Even though this has been around for a while I suppose there are some who haven’t heard of it.
I first heard this playing on a friend’s car CD player as we both drove home from Koorong. It was on the first ‘New Irish Hymns’ release. The young folk from Presbyterian Youth Victoria were quite taken with the fifth track, ‘My Hope’. (Which is a very good song that I still use.)
But the first time I heard the lyric “till on that cross as Jesus died the wrath of God was satisfied” it was all over. Getty and Townend have resisted every effort by others to ‘adjust’ that lyric to reflect those who like their atonement not to reference penal substitution. Well folks, give me the ‘old’ perspective on Paul any day.
If you are trying to introduce new songs to Congregations who prefer older material, use this. Pretend it was in the hymnbook all along.
In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone! – who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied –
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine –
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand!
Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Copyright © 2001 Thankyou Music
Here’s Kristyn Getty, wife of Keith singing ‘In Christ Alone’.There are a few versions of this out there, but this one is in a church setting, and will give you an idea of how well it works as a congregational song.