What a Savior!

In this guest post, Ruby Kimble shares an entry from her journal as a glimpse of the daily blessings the Gospel brings.

Hallelujah! What a Savior! 
by Phillip Bliss

“Man of Sorrows!” what a name
For the Son of God who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Guilty, vile, and helpless we;
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
“Full atonement!” can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Lifted up was He to die;
“It is finished!” was His cry;
Now in Heav’n exalted high.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew His song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Mark it down! Yesterday–another one of those “worst days of sin and failure.” As I sit here this morning, I am sore from kicking myself over this. I had almost forgotten the three really cool things the Lord did yesterday–two of them were incredible heart changing moments in church. Then afterward, an act of God’s provision–a miracle, a wonderful afternoon ahead and then, BOOM–lest I be prideful, the thorn in my flesh appears…ME! I am that THORN! Ruined the day for everyone.

…Double-minded in church, I struggled to focus on the worship, then through the song, Hallelujah! What a Savior! (Devon Kauflin version), the Spirit performed a work in me that I could never have accomplished. As I sang the song and gazed at the Savior, the ugliness in my heart melted away. Conscious of this as it was happening, it was as if the Lord, in one instant put the two images, one of Himself and one of my sin, side by side and simply said, “Choose.” The simple and obvious, the joyful with no reservations choice was the One who came for me, who stood condemned in my place, He who sealed my pardon, the Spotless One! And again at the end of the service when my heart wandered away from perfect love to breaking with self-pity at a disappointment; through the music, the Holy Spirit reminded me, “I’m bigger than this seeming disappointment!” Out on the lawn after the service, the news of  answered prayer came from an unexpected source! With three such incredible moments in one morning, how could the day have ended so badly? Why did I let the little things that were to follow get on top of me? Because I am a sinner!

Thankfully, because I have this wonderful, merciful Savior I can be forgiven yet again for another “worst day of sin and failure.” I am reminded this morning of the  truth that though black and dark sin looks to me, and it is awful; something amazing is happening on the other side of glory–grace is abounding to me! Because Christ took the blame and guilt of my sin and bore God’s righteous wrath in my place, grace is reigning! The multitudes in the heavenly realms rejoice as the finished work of Christ holds firm yet again and declares Satan’s best efforts impotent. My feeble efforts at defeating so great a foe are not the focus of heavenly hosts. No, the attention of all is firmly fixed on the Victor! Jesus, Lamb of God, who reigns supreme, is the focus of celebration as He again presents a reconciled enemy, now spotless and free from accusation, before the throne of the Holy One. At no moment in time am I more a recipient of God’s Grace than when I am seeing my sin and confessing it. God’s Grace is abounding to me as He protects and maintains my justification and His grace is being lavished on me as He opens my blind eyes to see the truth. I have nothing to fear as I approach the throne, for I know that as I come to confess and repent and be cleansed that He will receive me–for He has sent for me, nay He has come and gotten me in His love, and His aim is to remove this bondage from my life. HALLELUJAH! What a Savior!

“Savior, You showed your love, defeated sin, poured out Your blood, so we praise You, Lamb that was slain, we offer our lives to proclaim, What a Savior!” (chorus by Devon Kauflin)

Scripture referenced: Colossians 1:15-22; Ephesians 1:20-23

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4 responses to “What a Savior!

  • teeveebee

    Ruby,
    Your words have directed my gaze to the Victor. My response? Hallelujah! What a Savior! Thank you so much for being willing to share this.

  • Linda Rosentrater

    Dear Ruby,
    Thank you for sharing your heart! I can relate to your thoughts; repentance is a painful experience (for me it’s a sense of shame before the Lord), but ends up as a hallelujah for His love. Many of my worst moments as a sinner occur on Sundays, for some reason.

  • Lisa Martinez

    Ruby–Amen, and I say Amen! Indeed, what a Savior! Thank you so much for sharing your heart–I am again reminded to gaze (and stay) at the Cross. Blessings-Lisa

  • Anita Doty

    RUBY~
    I love this!!! Victory is at the cross and you have marked a path for us to get there when our hearts are broken over our sin. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and reminding us to look to” Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith.” IT IS FINISHED! Hallelujah! What a Savior!

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