Tuesday Hymns: “My Hope Is in the Lord”

Norman J. Clayton was an organist, prolific 20th century hymn writer, and author of our Tuesday Hymn of the Week, My Hope Is in the Lord. He is also the author of the more well-known, Now I Belong to Jesus. My Hope Is in the Lord describes the grace of God that is ours in Christ through His obedient life and sacrificial death, our total inability to merit salvation apart from Christ, and His on-going intercession for His elect. Clayton is also the composer of the tune to which the hymn is sung which he entitled, WAKEFIELD. (I’m sorry but I was not able to find audio for this tune anywhere on the internet.)

My hope is in the Lord Who gave Himself for me,
And paid the price of all my sin at Calvary.

Refrain:
For me He died, For me He lives,
And everlasting life and light He freely gives.
For me He died, For me He lives,

No merit of my own His anger to suppress.
My only hope is found in Jesus’ righteousness.

And now for me He stands Before the Father’s throne.
He shows His wounded hands and names me as His own.

His grace has planned it all, ‘Tis mine but to believe,
And recognize His work of love and Christ receive.

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