Tuesday Hymns: “Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder”

Whenever most people think of John Newton (1725-1807), they think immediately of Amazing Grace, which would only make sense because it is one of the most beloved hymns ever written. However, one will miss out on a great blessing if he neglects to pay attention to Newton’s other writings. The former slave trader wrote many marvelous hymns such as Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder which is our Tuesday Hymn for this week. Newton clearly portrays for us the truth of Christ’s Substitutionary atonement on our behalf. Notice especially that line in the fourth verse that says, “when through grace in Christ our trust is, justice smiles and asks no more: He who washed us with his blood has secured our way to God.”

Let us love and sing and wonder, let us praise the Savior’s name! He has hushed the law’s loud thunder, he has quenched Mount Sinai’s flame: he has washed us with his blood, he has brought us nigh to God.

Let us love the Lord who bought us, pitied us when enemies, called us by his grace, and taught us, gave us ears and gave us eyes: he has washed us with his blood, he presents our souls to God.

Let us sing, though fierce temptation threatens hard to bear us down! For the Lord, our strong salvation, holds in view the conqu’ror’s crown: He who washed us with his blood soon will bring us home to God.

Let us wonder; grace and justice join and point to mercy’s store; when through grace in Christ our trust is, justice smiles and asks no more: he who washed us with his blood has secured our way to God.

Let us praise, and join the chorus of the saints enthroned on high;here they trusted him before us, now their praises fill the sky: “You have washed us with your blood; you are worthy, Lamb of God.”

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