I hear Thy welcome voice

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I hear Thy welcome voice,
  That calls me, Lord, to Thee,
For cleansing in Thy precious blood
  That flowed on Calvary.
  I am coming, Lord,
  Coming now to Thee:
Wash me, cleanse me in the blood
    That flowed on Calvary.
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Though coming weak and vile,
  Thou dost my strength assure;
Thou dost my vileness fully cleanse,
  Till spotless all, and pure.
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’Tis Jesus who confirms
  The blessed work within,
By adding grace to welcomed grace,
  Where reigned the power of sin.
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And He the witness gives
  To loyal hearts and free,
That every promise is fulfilled,
  If faith but brings the plea.
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All hail, redeeming blood!
  All hail, life-giving grace!
All hail, the gift of Christ our Lord,
  Our strength and righteousness.
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Steven Miller

Detroit, Michigan, United States

The words and music of this beautiful hymn were first published in a monthly, entitled, Guide to Holiness, a copy of which was sent to me in England. I immediately adopted it, and had it published in Sacred Songs and Solos. It proved to be one of the most helpful of the revival hymns, and was often used as an invitation hymn in England and America. - Ira Sankey in 'My Life and the Story of the Gospel Hymns'

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An evangelist was holding meetings in Eastbourne, England. A very wicked man by the name of David was converted and he prevailed upon one of his companions, who was just as bad as he, to attend the meetings. The companion's name was Stephen. The minister gave out the words of this hymn. Before the first verse was finished, the minister noticed that a man near the platform seemed greatly under conviction. When the hymn was concluded, he felt impressed to dispense with the sermon and give the altar call. One of the first to go up was Stephen who wept his way to the cross and was soon praising God for sins forgiven. Later he brought his wife to the services and she too responded to the "Welcome Voice".

A very touching story was written by a man in Glasgow, Scotland who attended the revival meetings Dwight Whittle and James McGranahan conducted in that city in 1881. "I observed in Bethany Hall, one Sabbath evening, an old fellow workman of mine. Knowing that he had been a very irreligious man, I decided to speak to him and soon learned that something was working in his mind altogether different from the former things.

"Look here", he said, "I didna think that there was much truth in religion, but I am staggered about it now. Ye see, I have a daughter, and a wee while ago she heard about meetings in Bethany Hall. So somehow, she and her companion, both fond of singing, went to the meeting. When she came home, she just put her things aside and sat down by the fire, not speaking a word. My wife noticed her eyes filled with ears. "What's the matter, Aggy" she said. There was no answer. "Why not go to bed like a good lass; ye'll have to be up early in the morning." The tears came faster. "Oh, Mother, I cannot go to bed. I've been hearing a hymn tonight that I'll never forget. Oh, I'm hastening to Eternity, and Oh, how dark it is just now! Go to bed! I'll go to my knees."

"Well, the following night she went again, an' when she and her companion came home they both seemed so glad, so happy together, and talked about, 'I am the Door. By Me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved.' They declared they had entered in. Anyhow, they were happy. Next evening the wife went with them, and the whole house is now like a kirk (church). I've been going, and Aggy and some of her companions are coming next Sabbath evening."

Needless to say that yielding to the "Welcome Voice" of Jesus made that rough workman's home in Glasgow like a kirk. - 'More Living Hymn Stories' by Wilbur Konkel

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There is an additional stanza following stanza 2 above:

2b ’Tis Jesus calls me on

To perfect faith and love,

To perfect hope and peace and trust,

For earth and heav’n above.

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The last stanza originally says:

All hail! atoning blood!

All hail! redeeming grace!

All hail! the gift of Christ our Lord,

Our strength and righteousness.


Pastor Jerry

Dimapur, India

I love this hymn so much


Emmanuel

Tema, Greater Accra, Ghana

I love this song so much. It reminds me of how God welcomed me back into the kingdom even though I lost the first love, He brought me in and cleansed me in the most precious blood and gave me a new birth full of the Holy Spirit. Hallelujah............


Par Dono

Malang, Indonesia

It reminds me to praise Him everyday...amen


Yeremia Alfa Susetyo

Salatiga, Central Java, Indonesia

Why the sinful man like me should become holy?

Because the bible says:

Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be HOLY and without blemish before Him in love, (Eph. 1:4)

How can?

1 Pet. 1:18 Knowing that it was not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, that you were redeemed from your vain manner of life handed down from your fathers,

1 Pet. 1:19 But with precious blood, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot, the blood of Christ;

Hallelujah, just come to Thee.

The precious blood of Christ is for cleansing us!


Esterabera Rarivo

Antananarivo, Madagascar

The first time I listened to the song I felt Our Dear Father and Lord so close to me then I was looking for the lyrics because I wanna know more about it. English is not my native language but the song means so much to me especially when we know We are all children of God and saved by the grace and merci through His Son Jesus called to come home and fill his House. My prayer is that all my family and relatives share with us the same faith about Our Lord Jesus. May Jesus Christ keep us all in His wonderful Light and undying Love until He returns. Amen.


Salem Macnee

New Zealand

I am coming, Lord!


ShannonBay

Wellington, New Zealand

We all may come to the Lord to enjoy His life-giving grace. His blood has power to deal with every vile thing between man and God.


Stephen Mose

Nairobi, Kenya

His blood indeed clenses us.


Simon Dachollom Audu

Jos, Plateau, Nigeria

Indeed, the song has life in it. It speaks volume to my soul each time I sing them. As you sing the song, please meditate on the word! Thanks a lot for everything.