Who is your Great Redeemer? This hymn has always been one that brings a joy, not the joy that makes you smile but more the joy that fills you with peace and hope. I remember well the puppet quartet that would perform this song during puppet time. It is a fond memory and helps me remember that hymns and puppets can make lasting impressions. They are seeds sown that others water and God makes grow.
Francis Foster is pretty well an unknown in hymn writing according to the research I did but if this particular piece is any indication, he was well acquainted with The Great Redeemer. What a joyful reminder that God is our redeemer. Jesus is a precious Friend who died for each of us. And it does make me wonder if I act in ways that show that He really is “everything to me.”
The Great Redeemer
Lyrics: Francis Foster (1915)
Music: Samuel W. Beazley (1915, some reference this as 1943)
1 – How I love the great Redeemer
Who is doing so much for me;
With what joy I tell the story
Of the love that makes men free.
Till my earthly life is ended,
I will send songs above,
Then beside the crystal sea
More and more my soul shall be
Praising Jesus and His love. chorus
He is ev’rything to me, to me,
And ev’rything shall always be;
I will never cease to raise
A song of gladness in His praise;
Here, and in the world above,
My soul shall sing of saving love;
Life and light and joy is He,
The precious Friend who died for me.
2 – He has purchased my redemption,
Rolled my burden of sin away,
And is walking on beside me,
Growing dearer day by day.
That is why I sing His praises,
That is why joy is mine,
That is why forever more
On the everlasting shore
I shall sing of love divine. chorus
3 – Glory be to Him forever!
Endless praises to Christ the Lamb!
He has filled my life with sunshine,
He has made me what I am.
O that ev’ry one would know Him,
O that all would adore!
O that all would trust the love
OF the mighty Friend above
And be His forever more. chorus