Saturday, November 22, 2008

Great Christian Music - I Stand Amazed in the Presence

In the early 1900s, Charles H. Gabriel was the king of gospel music. Gabriel wrote the words and music for a number of hymns used by popular evangelists of his day such as Billy Sunday and his song leader, Homer Rodeheaver.
Gabriel’s hymns reflect a change in the style of gospel music. In the 1800s, hymns were deeply theological and often meditative. But with the revivals of Moody and Sunday, Christians learned to love songs that were fun to sing, highly energetic and easy to remember. Perhaps Gabriel’s most popular hymn is “O That Will Be Glory for Me,” with its rousing chorus. He also wrote “Send the Light,” a stirring missionary call with a tune that drives the singer halfway across the ocean.
These songs, like “I Stand Amazed in the Presence,” focus on a simple emotion and celebrate it. In this case, it is raw amazement at the magnitude of Christ’s sacrifice. We love this song because we can identify with it. How can we help but “stand amazed” in His presence? How marvelous! How wonderful!

Scriptures: Matthew 26:43; Luke 22:41; Romans 5:6-8; Ephesians 3:18-19
Themes: Love of Christ, Passion, Gethsemane, Praise

I stand amazed in the presence
Of Jesus the Nazarene,
And wonder how He could love me,
A sinner, condemned, unclean.

How marvelous! How wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful!
Is my Savior’s love for me!

For me it was in the garden
He prayed, “Not My will, but Thine”;
He had no tears for His own griefs,
But sweat drops of blood for mine.

In pity angels beheld Him,
And came from the world of light
To comfort Him in the sorrows
He bore for my soul that night.

He took my sins and my sorrows,
He made them His very own;
He bore the burden to Calvary
And suffered and died alone.

When with the ransomed in glory
His face I at last shall see,
‘Twill be my joy thru the ages
To sing of His love for me.

Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (1856 – 1932)

Information taken from; The Complete Book of Hymns by William J Petersen and Ardythe Petersen.

Here is a version by the Passion Band featuring Chris Tomlin amongst others, just click on the play button.

Please feel free to give feedback on this player and it's performance. Thanks!!


Tamela's Place said...

Them are some great hymns, they bring back a lot of memories of when i was a little girl going to church. Some of my favorite hymns are: Blessed assurance, Glad reunion day, Have a little talk with Jesus etc.. just to name a few! :)

Lori said...

Love those lyrics...keep posting this!

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robert said...

Some interesting comments about Charles Gabriel. Thanks. (Today is the 154th anniversary of his birth.) To learn more, I invite you to check out my daily hymn blog, Wordwise Hymns.


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