1 Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea;
a great High Priest whose name is Love,
who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on his hands,
my name is written on his heart.
I know that while in heav'n he stands
no tongue can bid me thence depart,
no tongue can bid me thence depart.
2 When Satan tempts me to despair
and tells me of the guilt within,
upward I look and see him there
who made an end of all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died,
my sinful soul is counted free;
for God the just is satisfied
to look on him and pardon me,
to look on him and pardon me.
3 Behold him there, the risen Lamb,
my perfect, spotless righteousness,
the great unchangeable I AM,
the King of glory and of grace.
At one with him, I cannot die;
my soul is purchased by his blood.
My life is hid with Christ on high,
with Christ my Savior and my God,
with Christ my Savior and my God.
Source: Christian Worship: Hymnal #561
|First Line:||Before the throne of God above, I have a strong, a perfect plea|
|Title:||Before the Throne of God Above|
|Author:||Charitie Lees Bancroft|
|Refrain First Line:||Within the vale with Jesus|
|Liturgical Use:||Communion Songs|
Before the throne of God above. The Advocate. Dated 1863, and given in Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, 1866; Laudes Domini, N. Y., 1884.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)