When the Judge shall weigh our [your] motives

When the Judge shall weigh our [your] motives

Author: Franklin E. Belden
Tune: [When the Judge shall weigh our motives]
Published in 11 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 When the Judge shall weigh our motives,
For eternal gain or loss,
Shall we stand as gold before him?
Or as vile and worthless dross?

Weigh'd in the balance of the Lord,
Weigh'd, weigh'd, and wanting;
Weigh'd by the standard of his word,
Weigh'd, weigh'd, and wanting.

2 Shall we hear the glad words spoken:
"Faithful servant," and "Well done,"
Or the dread and awful sentence,
"Thou are wanting," sinful one? [Refrain]

3 Shall we heed the Spirit's pleading,
While for mercy we may call,
Or delay till God's handwriting
Seals the final doom of all? [Refrain]

Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #49

Author: Franklin E. Belden

Belden was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1858. He began writing music in his late teenage years after moving to California with his family. For health reasons he later moved to Colorado. He returned to Battle Creek with his wife in the early 1880s, and there he became involved in Adventist Church publishing. F. E. Belden wrote many hymn tunes, gospel songs, and related texts in the early years of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Belden was able to rapidly write both music and poetry together which enabled him to write a song to fit a sermon while it was still being delivered. He also wrote songs for evang­el­ist Bil­ly Sun­day. Though Belden’s later years were marred by misunderstandings with the church leadership over his royal… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When the Judge shall weigh our [your] motives
Author: Franklin E. Belden
Refrain First Line: Weighed in the balance of the Lord



Instances (1 - 11 of 11)

Christ in Song #d660

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Christ in Song #49

Gospel Songs for Men, a Collection of Quartets and Choruses for Male Voices #d110

Hymns for Use in Divine Worship ... Seventh-Day Adventists #d1292

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Joyful Greeting #150

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Pentecostal Hymns No. 3 #207

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Pentecostal Hymns Nos. 3 and 4 Combined #207

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Songs of Matchless Love #73

Songs of Trust and Triumph No. 1 #d102

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The Gospel Song Sheaf #193

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The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book #1345

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