Before the Throne of God Above

Posted on May 9th, by Matt Bramlett in Blog. No Comments

Before the Throne of God Above

A couple of weeks ago, during Sunday morning worship, we introduced an old hymn entitled “Before the Throne of God Above.”  Afterwards, I had several people come and ask me for the name of the hymn.  It was written in 1863 (originally titled “The Advocate”…which I think I like even more) by Charitie Lees Smith.   Here are the lyrics.

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea.
A great High Priest whose name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in Heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin.
Because the sinless Saviour died
My sinful soul is counted free.
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.

Behold Him there the risen Lamb,
My perfect spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I AM,
The King of glory and of grace,
One in Himself I cannot die.
My soul is purchased by His blood,
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ my Saviour and my God!


I love the second verse.  Particularly the lines,

Because the sinless Saviour died
My sinful soul is counted free.

I’m thankful to Jesus that he is my Advocate before the Father…that the righteousness that belongs to Him also became mine because of His work on the cross.  I’m able to sing these words, knowing that He who knew no sin became sin, so that we could be made right with God.  Or, as C.S. Lewis put it, “The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.”

“5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.” 1 Timothy 2:5-6

“21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

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