Why should I worry, doubt and fear

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Why should I worry, doubt and fear?
Has God not caused His Son to bear
  My sins upon the tree?
The debt that Christ for me has paid,
Would God another mind have made
  To claim again from me?
2
Redemption full the Lord has made,
And all my debts has fully paid,
  From law to set me free.
I fear not for the wrath of God,
For I’ve been sprinkled with His blood,
  It wholly covers me.
3
For me forgiveness He has gained,
And full acquittal was obtained,
  All debts of sin are paid;
God would not have His claim on two,
First on His Son, my Surety true,
  And then upon me laid.
4
So now I have full peace and rest,
My Savior Christ hath done the best
  And set me wholly free;
By His all-efficacious blood
I ne’er could be condemned by God,
  For He has died for me!
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Ana Lara

United States

Augustus Montague Toplady was born at Farnham, Surrey, England, November 4, 1740. His father Major Richard Toplady was killed in the siege of Carthagena, Colombia, South America while Augustus was still an infant. His mother’s maiden name was Catharine Bate. His parents had been married on December 21, 1737. Their first child died in infancy so Augustus was their second son. Augustus was a bright student attending Westminster School and at a young age helped his mother settle matters of an estate in Ireland. While visiting a place named Codymain he heard a man preach the gospel. In 1768 Toplady recounted the incident; the preaching was on Ephesians 2:13. “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. ” He recounts, “By the grace of God, under the ministry of that dear messenger (Mr. Morris) and under that sermon, I was, I trust brought nigh by the blood of Christ, in August 1756. Strange that I, who had so long sat under the means of grace in England should be brought near to God in an obscure part of Ireland, amidst a handful of God’s people, met together in a barn, and under the ministry of one who could hardly spell his name.... the excellency of such power must be of God, and cannot be of man. ”

Between the ages of 15 and 18 he wrote some poems. He entered the ministry June 6, 1762 at Trinity Church, Dublin. In 1768 he began laboring in Broad Hembury, Devonshire and continued there until his death.

Augustus was a frail and sickly man. The moisture in the cold air of Devonshire no doubt added to his sickness of tuberculosis. He spent time in London towards the end of his life and gave his last sermon there. On April 19, 1778, he attempted to give a sermon but his voice was so hoarse that after reading Isaiah 26:19 he had to step down from the pulpit. He did, however, preach four more times. He was 38 when he went on to be with the Lord on August 11, 1778. It is said that “his death-couch seemed flooded with the sunbeams of glory-land. He said with a shining countenance ‘I cannot tell the comforts I feel in my soul; they are past expression. The consolations of God are so abundant, that He leaves me nothing to pray for; my prayers are all converted to praise! I enjoy heaven already in my soul’. ”

Other of his hymns that are found in this hymnal are: 292, 312, and the most famous of all 1058.


Yuri Reyes

Portland, Oregon, United States

Praise You Lord You have done it all.


Carol Woods

Mesa, AZ, United States

Most precious these words to my soul.


Daniel Jackson

Fullerton, CA, United States

This song was written by August M. Toplady. It was then translated into Chinese and then translated from Chinese back into English. The version in "Hymns" is a translation of a translation. The original lyrics are:

From whence this fear and unbelief?

Hath not the Father put to grief

His spotless Son for me?

And will the righteous Judge of men

Condemn me for that debt of sin

Which, Lord, was charged on Thee?

Complete atonement Thou hast made,

And to the utmost Thou hast paid

Whate'er Thy people owed;

How then can wrath on me take place,

If sheltered in Thy righteousness,

And sprinkled with Thy blood?

If thou hast my discharge procured,

And freely in my room endured

The whole of wrath divine;

Payment God cannot twice demand,

First at my bleeding Surety's hand,

And then again at mine.

Turn then, my soul, unto thy rest!

The merits of thy great High Priest

Have bought thy liberty;

Trust in His efficacious blood,

Nor fear thy banishment from God,

Since Jesus died for thee.


Fe

Ca

I hardly can follow the tune without someone singing it with lyrics.


李 菲 麗

NC, United States

"The debt that Christ for me hast paid/Would God another mind have made/To claim again for me?/" Then why should I worry, doubt and fear? Even though "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" the believers are justified wholly by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus! Hallelujah! I should never worry, doubt and fear! I as a sinner, who is His enemy, has been reconciled to Him, made one with Him--whom I once was despised and rejected. Now I am enjoying a blessed oneness with Him through His redeeming grace!


Lily Karunik

Mariupol, Ukraine

So now I have full peace and rest,

My Savior Christ hath done the best

And set me wholly free!


Pcvh

EVV

Great hymn. Yes why should I worry, doubt and fear? Satan excuse you, Christ paid for me.


Allen Flint

U.S.A.

I like this song because it is cool.

Now, can God take back this salvation which Christ has purchased? Absolutely not! Since the debt was paid, for God to demand it again from us would be unrighteous. The same righteousness which formerly called for our condemnation now calls for our justification. What powerful security this gives to our salvation! Even a worldly judge would not demand the same fine to be paid twice. Certainly God, the source of all justice and righteousness, cannot do so. As Watchman Nee wrote in a hymn:

For me forgiveness He has gained,

And full acquittal was obtained,

All debts of sin are paid;

God would not have His claim on two,

First on His Son, my Surety true,

And then upon me laid.

Thus, the Bible declares that when God saves us, He shows forth His righteousness (Rom. 1:16-17; 3:25-26).

...Without righteousness, faith has no basis. Thank God that our sins have been forgiven. Thank Him that He will never judge us anymore. As the hymn says:

God would not have His claim on two,

First on His Son, my Surety true,

And then upon me laid.

Our hearts are at rest, for our sins have been judged.