Few songs written over the last 60 years of compliled church music, every move me or are used to encourage me, like old hymns. Every now and again I come across a hymn I have never heard. Almost every time this occurs, I am floored by the way our Lord Jesus Christ speaks to me through its words and phrases. Below are the words to “At Thy Feet I Fall” written by Catherine Booth -Clibborn the wife of the founder of the Salvation Army William Booth.
Sadly many in our day don’t understadn that the Salvation Army was founded as a powerful Great Commission movement to take Christ to the nations. In this hymn sister Booth-Clibborn reminds us of the continual need of every disciple for God’s continuing grace in Christ.
At Thy Feet I Fall
O Lamb of God! Thou wonderful sin-bearer,
Hard after Thee my soul doth follow on;
As pants the hart for streams in desert dreary,
So pants my soul for Thee, O Thou life-giving One.
At Thy feet I fall,
Yield Thee up my all,
To suffer, live, or die
For my Lord crucified.
I mourn, I mourn the sin that drove Thee from me,
And blackest darkness brought into my soul;
Now I renounce the cursed sin that hindered,
And come once more to Thee, to be made fully whole.
Descend the heavens, Thou whom my soul adoreth!
Oh, come just now, fill my poor longing breast;
For Thee, for Thee, I watch, as for the morning!
Apart from Thee, I find neither joy, peace, nor rest.
Come, Holy Ghost, Thy mighty aid bestowing,
Destroy the works of sin, the self, the pride;
Burn, burn in me, my idols overthrowing;
Prepare my heart for Him—for my Lord crucified.
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