Tuesday Hymns: “Amidst Us our Beloved Stands”

Last Sunday we shared the Lord’s Supper at RPC which made me think that the sharing of a hymn about that particular means of grace would be an appropriate action today. We often think of Charles Spurgeon as the “Prince of Preachers” but he also wrote a hymn about the Lord’s Supper which is our Tuesday Hymn for the week. Amidst Us Our Beloved Stands is a wonderful reminder that one does not automatically receive grace in the eating of the bread and the drinking of the wine. As the Shorter Catechism states, “The Lord’s Supper is a sacrament, wherein, by giving and receiving bread and wine, according to Christ’s appointment, his death is showed forth; and the worthy receivers are, not after a corporal and carnal manner, but by faith, made partakers of his body and blood, with all his benefits, to their spiritual nourishment, and growth in grace.”

Spurgeon’s third stanza reminds us that it would be a tragedy to “see the signs, but see not Him.” It is sung to Lowell Mason’s tune, Hamburg, which is based on a Gregorian chant.

Amidst us our Beloved stands,
And bids us view his pierced hands;
Points to the wounded feet and side,
Blest emblems of the Crucified.

What food luxurious loads the board,
When at His table sits the Lord!
The wine how rich, the bread how sweet,
When Jesus deigns the guests to meet!

If now, with eyes defiled and dim,
We see the signs, but see not Him;
O may His love the scales displace,
and bid us see Him face to face!

O glorious Bridegroom of our hearts,
Your present smile a heav’n imparts!
O lift the veil, if veil there be,
Let every saint Your glory see!


1 Comment

  1. rcottrill said,

    August 8, 2011 at 7:25 AM

    Greetings from Wordwise Hymns. I appreciate your insights. It’s so easy for us to go through the ceremony thoughtlessly. In the extreme, some even begin to worship the ritual, rather than the one it represents, just as Israel began to burn incense to the brazen serpent (II Kgs. 18:4).

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