Thursday, March 19, 2009

Moved to Tears

Hi. Missy Tippens here. Have you ever reading a book and been moved to tears? (Okay. That was probably a dumb question, because I'm sure you have!) Have you ever been moved to tears by a song on the radio? Or by a glorious piece at the symphony? Or watching a movie? Or looking at a photograph? Or walking through a museum or art gallery?

Well, this past Sunday, I was moved to tears by a hymn that I've probably sung a hundred times before. I even know the first and last verses by heart. But we sang all the verses today, and it was the middle verses that got me. I could hardly sing them, I was so moved by the words penned by Charles Wesley (1707-1788). So I'd like to share them with you.
And Can It Be That I Should Gain
Words by Charles Wesley
Music by Thomas Campbell
1 AND can it be, that I should gain An interest in the Saviour's blood`? Died he for me, who caused his pain? For me, who him to death pursued? Amazing love! how can it be That thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
2 'Tis mystery all! The Immortal dies! Who can explore his strange design? In vain the first-born seraph tries To sound the depths of love divine! 'Tis mercy all! let earth adore, Let angel-minds inquire no more.
3 He left his Father's throne above, (So free, so infinite his grace!) Emptied himself of all but love, And bled for Adam's helpless race: 'Tis mercy all, immense and free, For, O my God, it found out me!
4 Long my imprisoned spirit lay Fast bound in sin and nature's night; Thine eye diffused a quickening ray, I woke, the dungeon flamed with light; My chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth, and followed thee.
5 No condemnation now I dread, Jesus, and all in him, is mine! Alive in him, my living Head, And clothed in righteousness divine, Bold I approach the eternal throne, And claim the crown, through Christ my own.


  1. Missy,

    This happened to me when I first really read the words to Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. This part got me

    Prone to wander Lord I feel it
    Prone to leave the God I love
    Take this heart Lord take and seal it
    Seal it for thy courts above.

    I remember driving dow the road listening to this by Crowder and when it got to that part I just burst into tears.
    Prone to leave the God I love!!!

    Oh, how sad---so, yes, this has happened to me.
    And the hyms, man they have some words in them. You know I love the modern praise and worship music, but some of the hyms---the words---they are untouchable.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. oops---sorry I meant hymns in the above post. I haven't had enough coffee yet!!

  3. I love that hymn, too, Lindi! And you're right. They're untouchable.

    Keep on drinking that coffee! I haven't had any yet and now have to run out the door for a hair appointment. I sure hope I don't get a headache!

  4. Amen, sister.

    I'm brought to tears often during worship service.

    Come to think of it, songs often bring me to tears, any time, any place, just depends on the situation.

  5. Sometimes I don't stop to think about the deeper meaning of the songs/hymns I'm singing. But when I do, I'm amazed at their beauty and depth (especially of the hymns).

  6. Lynn, music and lyrics both do it to me. Today, I my hair stylist gave me a promo CD her husband had gotten at work, and the music of the first song brought tears to my eyes. And I couldn't even understand the words! :)

  7. Jody, I wonder why I can hear something hundreds of times, then all of a sudden notice the words! Maybe it's because God is speaking to us right that moment about something going on in our lives. :)