BY HIS STRIPES

                     Words by Nancy Swatsell

                      Music by Robert Weber

 

By His stripes we're healed

By His blood we're cleansed

By His dying we'll live again

With His love He'll lead us home

Oh, the pain He bore for us

How He suffered on the cross

Just so we could have a hope

To live eternally with Him

 

By His stripes we're healed

By His side we'll walk

At His feet we'll kneel and pray

And praise His name forevermore

Oh, the peace will be within us

Oh, how happy we shall be

In the presence of our Savior

Oh, what joy forevermore

 

By His stripes we’re healed

With His hands we’re blessed

With His grace we’ll soon be home

And walk the streets as pure as gold

Oh, how great all this will be

Oh, the beauty we will see

Dwelling with our dear Lord Jesus

Singing His praise before His throne

 

By His stripes we're healed

By His pardon saved

With His tenderness He loves us

With His mercy we're set free

Can't you hear our Master calling?

Can't you see Him on His way?

Waiting just to take His children home

Yes to take his children home

 

Copyright © 2004 Robert A. Weber III (CCLI, ASCAP)

 

For a number of years I had wanted to write a contemporary hymn. The hymn form gives opportunity to get deep in terms of theology and philosophy. I have tried to work older hymns into contemporary worship and find that too often the convoluted wording and archaic language present a barrier to worship. So, I’ve really wanted to write one.

If you investigate the lyrics to all my other songs (the lyrics I wrote) you will find that they tend towards the simple and repetitious. The best lyrics are direct plagiarisms from scripture ;-)

So, a few years ago, a dear lady from my congregation comes up to me and asks if I would like to take a look at some lyrics that she has written. I say “Absolutely, yes!” A few days later she hands me a notebook chock full of lyrics. It turns out that she has re-written everything in this notebook just for me (all by hand – no laser printers, here). Many of the songs have notations like “sung to the tune of  She’ll be Comin’ Round the Mountain” but I ignore those because I want to put original music to original lyrics.

The long and short of it is that these lyrics were in that notebook, and they positively leapt off the page at me. I hope that this song can find its way into some more traditional churches, as well.

I’m currently working on a full arrangement of this song that will hopefully turn up on my Soundclick page in the near future.

 

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