Arise, my soul, arise

1
Arise, my soul, arise!
  Shake off thy guilty fears;
  The bleeding Sacrifice
  In my behalf appears.
Before the throne my Surety stands;
My name is written on His hands.
2
He ever lives above
  For me to intercede,
  His all-redeeming love,
  His precious blood to plead.
His blood was shed for all our race,
And sprinkles now the throne of grace.
3
Five bleeding wounds He bears,
  Received on Calvary;
  They pour effectual prayers;
  They strongly speak for me.
Forgive him, O forgive, they cry,
Nor let that ransomed sinner die!
4
The Father hears Him pray,
  His dear anointed One;
  He cannot turn away
  The presence of His Son.
His Spirit answers to the blood,
And tells me I am born of God.
5
To God I'm reconciled,
  His pardoning voice I hear;
  He owns me for His child,
  I can no longer fear.
With confidence I now draw nigh,
And Father, Abba, Father, cry.
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Ana Lara

United States

Charles Wesley was youngest of three sons of Samuel Wesley. He was born at Epworth Rectory December 18, 1708. His brothers were Samuel and John Wesley. The father and brothers were all hymn writers , although Charles surpasses them all by having written around 7, 000!

The three sons were brought up by a Godly mother. One time she wrote to Charles about the Savior: “O my dear Charles, when I consider the dignity of His person, the perfectness of His purity, the greatness of His sufferings, but above all His boundless love, I am astonished and utterly confounded, I am lost in thought. I fall into nothing before Him. ”

A wealthy man wanted to adopt Charles and make him his heir; but he declined. The man that accepted became great in society and was given the title of earl.

In 1737 he met Count Zinzendorf who led him to Christ as his Savior. Actually, Mrs. Turner, a Moravian woman brought him to rest upon Christ after a night of soul searching and much agonizing. She said to him, “ In the name of Jesus of Nazareth, arise, and believe. ” He responded, “I believe, I believe! ” and then wrote:

“ O for a thousand tongues to sing

My great Redeemer’s praise,

The glories of my God and King,

The triumphs of His grace! ”

At another time, he and another preacher were assailed by a mob, throwing stones at them and causing them to flee for shelter. Charles then composed the hymn,

“ Jesus, lover of my soul,

Let me to Thy bosom fly,

While the nearer waters roll,

While the tempest still is high;

Hide me, O my Savior, hide

Till the storm of life is past.

Leave, O leave me not alone,

Still support and comfort me.

Cover my defenseless head

With the shadow of Thy wing. ”

On April 8, 1749 he married Miss Sarah Gwynne who accompanied him on his evangelistic tours. He never left the Church of England. When he passed on to be with the Lord on March 29, 1788 he was buried as he had requested in Marylebone churchyard.

Hymnal. net has selected over 20 of Wesley’s hymns for their hymnal.


Monique

London, United Kingdom

Love this Hymn, woke up this morning with this Hymn in my Head.


Olivia

Reno, Nevada, United States

Amen Lord Jesus!


Cody Enderli

San Marcos, TX, United States

My soul arises! To receive such a glorious blessing and mercy!


Dwight K. Schrute

Shoreline, Washington, United States

Fact: This is such a sweet hymn!


Frank Alcamo

Oceanside, New York, United States

I thank God for hymns like these that remind us that our acceptance with God depends on our faith in what Jesus has done for us on the cross. God is pleased to look at Him and pardons me. Thank God.


Leigh Powell

United Kingdom

This hymn does not mention sin, although it is sin that we are guilty of (verse 1).

I like this hymn as it refers to the gospel, but the gospel itself is that we repent of our sins and believe that the sinless Lord Jesus died on the cross, taking away our sins with our guilt and punishment, and that He rose again.

If we repent and believe the gospel, we shall be saved, born again, and go to Heaven (Mark 1 verse 4, John 3 verse 16, Romans 10 verse 9, John 3 verse 3, John 14 verses 1 to 6).


Tim Ou

Austin, Texas, United States

The Spirit answers to the blood and tells me I am born of God.


William Bell

Belfast

I’m glad you changed the wording of the last verse. Which originally was My God is reconciled. God did not need to be reconciled. To God I'm reconciled.


William Jeng

Irvine, United States

Thank You Father we cannot be turned away! Thank You we can shake off our guilty fears in Christ, our confidence is in the eternal covenant! We can call You Abba Father!

In His vicarious death for us, Christ was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities, and cut off out of the land of the living for our transgression, and He bore our sin, that we may have peace and be healed (Isa. 53:5, 8b, 11c, 12c). A well-known hymn by Charles Wesley (Hymns, #300, stanza 3) speaks of the wounds Christ bore for our transgressions. The Hebrew word translated wounded in Isaiah 53:5 is different from the word for pierced in Zechariah 12:10. Christ was wounded by the nails in His hands and His feet, by the spear that pierced His side, and by the crown of thorns on His head. He was wounded for our transgressions. You may feel that, because you have never killed anyone or robbed anyone, you are a good person. You may be a good person, but did you not lose your temper toward your mother at least once? Was that not a transgression? We do not count small transgressions, but God counts them. Whether we owe someone one million dollars or one dime, we are still debtors.

Psalm 22:16c says that they pierced His hands and feet (Zech. 12:10; John 19:37; Rev. 1:7). Charles Wesley in one of his hymns spoke of the "five bleeding wounds" which Christ received on Calvary (Hymns, #300). His two hands, His two feet, and His side (John 19:34) were pierced by the Roman soldiers who executed Him.