How Marvelous

12.19.15 How marvelous 
I stand amazed in the presenceOf Jesus the Nazarene,
And wonder how He could love me,
A sinner, condemned, unclean.

How marvelous! how wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! how wonderful!
Is my Savior’s love for me!

For me it was in the garden
He prayed, “Not My will, but Thine;”
He had no tears for His own griefs,
But sweatdrops of blood for mine.

He took my sins and my sorrow,
He made them His very own;
He bore the burden to Calv’ry,
And suffered and died alone.

When with the ransomed in glory
His face I at last shall see,
‘Twill be my joy through the ages
To sing of His love for me.

A song that we frequently sing at FBC is “I Stand Amazed”. It’s a new setting of a hymn from the late 1800’s, also known as “How Marvelous” or “My Savior’s Love”. Charles Gabriel wrote the hymn. Cyberhymnal.orggives this short biographical sketch:

“Growing up on an Iowa farm, Gabriel taught himself to play the family’s reed organ. He began teaching in singing schools by age 16, and became well known as a teacher and composer. He served as music director at Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, San Francisco, California (1890-2), then moved to Chicago, Illinois. In 1912 he began working with Homer Rodeheaver’s publishing company. His edited some 43 song books, 7 men’s chorus books, 19 anthem collections, and 23 cantatas.”
The exact circumstances that prompted the writing of this hymn are unknown. What is evident from the text itself is the writer’s continual “amazement” that Jesus, the Son of God, would die for sinners. Verses 2 and 3 are a poetic description of Jesus’ sufferings in the garden at Gethsemane and on the cross. Verse 4 points to the eternal praise that will be on the lips of those sinners who have been cleansed and ransomed by Jesus. In the version that we sing, verse 2 is omitted.

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone but in every leaf of springtime ~ Martin Luther

Doth not all nature around me praise God? If I were silent, I should be an exception to the universe. Doth not the thunder praise Him as it rolls like drums in the march of the God of armies? Do not the mountains praise Him when the woods upon their summits wave in adoration? Doth not the lightning write His name in letters of fire? Hath not the whole earth a voice? And shall I, can I, silent be? ~ Charles Spurgeon

What have you seen of God’s creation today that made your heart leap in appreciation of our loving Creator?

God’s masterpiece of creation inspires our worship. ‪#‎MarvelousCreator‬

You ever thought about those words? How marvelous, just how marvelous is our God? I think He is the most marvelous of all. After all He created everything, He even created us. So I'd say He's pretty marvelous wouldn't you?


Lord thank You for being so marvelous. We can't even imagine what it would be like to create all that You have created. I wish we would show people even a tenth of the love You show us. If that would happen Lord then there wouldn't be so much violence in the world. Lord please be with my facebook family and friends and know I love You. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

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