Thou…hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood. Revelation 5:9
Words: Samuel Davies (1723–1761). First published in Thomas Gibbons’ Hymns, 1769.
If you know when the music was written,
A Christian captain, who had a Christian crew, was caught near a rocky shore in a driving storm. They were being driven rapidly toward the rocks when he ordered them tocast anchor.
They did so, but it broke, He ordered them to cast the second. They did so, but it dragged. He then ordered them to cast the third and last.
They cast it while the captain went down to his room to pray. He fell on his knees and said,O Lord, this vessel is thine, these noble men on deck are thine. If it be more for thy glory that our vessel be wrecked on the rocks and we go down in the sea,Calmly he rose to return to deck, and as he went, he heard a chorus of voices singing:—thy will be done.But if it be more for thy glory that we live to work for thee, then hold the anchor.Lord, I am thine!
It seemed like an angel song. Reaching the deck, he found his brave men standing with their hands on the cable, that they might feel the first giving of the anchor, on which hung their lives, and looking calmly on the raging of the elements, as they sungwith spirit and with the understanding also:—Lord, I am thine!
The anchor held till the storm was past, and they anchored safe within the bay.
Long, p. 123
Lord, I am Thine, entirely Thine,
Purchased and saved by blood divine;
With full consent Thine I would be,
And own Thy sovereign right in me.
Grant one poor sinner more a place
Among the children of Thy grace—
A wretched sinner, lost to God,
But ransomed by Immanuel’s blood.
Thine would I live, Thine would I die,
Be Thine through all eternity;
The vow is past beyond repeal,
And now I set the solemn seal.
Here, at that cross where flows the blood
That bought my guilty soul for God,
Thee my new Master now I call,
And consecrate to Thee my all.