July 8, 2011

'When This Passing World Is Done...'

Recently I was contemplating these favourite verses of mine in Psalm 73...

“…I am always with you; 

you hold me by my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel, 

and afterward you will take me into glory.

Whom have I in heaven but you? 

And earth has nothing I desire besides you…”

and as I did so, I was reminded of this beautiful hymn by Robert Murray McCheyne, this together with the Psalm, captured beautifully the sentiments of my heart and prayers.


When this passing world is done,

When has sunk yon radiant sun,

When I stand with Christ on high,

Looking o'er life's history,

Then, Lord, shall I fully know,

Not till then, how much I owe.


When I stand before the throne,

Dressed in beauty not my own,

When I see Thee as Thou art,

Love Thee with unsinning heart,

Then, Lord, shall I fully know,

Not till then, how much I owe.





Chosen not for good in me,

Wakened up from wrath to flee,

Hidden in the Saviour's side,

By the Spirit sanctified,

Teach me, Lord, on earth to show

By my love how much I owe.









Oft I walk beneath a cloud,

Dark as midnight's gloomy shroud;

But, when fear is at its height,

Jesus comes, and all is light;

Blessed Jesus, bid me show

Doubting saints how much I owe.





When the praise of heav'n
I hear, 
Loud as thunders to the ear,

Loud as many waters' noise,

Sweet as harp's melodious voice,

Then, Lord, shall I fully know,

Not till then, how much I owe.








- Robert Murray McCheyne: 1813-1843 -


For now we see through a glass, darkly;
but then face to face:
now I know in part;
but then shall I know
even as also I am known”
- 1 Cor 13:12 -

 For those who might like to hear this hymn. I highly recommend the stunning rendition by Beth Manchester called 'How much I owe', which can be found here.

1 comment:

h said...

An inspiring and encouraging post.

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