Tuesday Hymns: “When This Passing World is Done”

This past Sunday I preached about the Christian’s glorification, so accordingly, we sang our Tuesday Hymn of the Week, Robert Murray McCheyne’s, “When This Passing World is Done.” McCheyne was a pastor in the Church of Scotland from 1835 until his death in 1843. He is maybe best known for his Bible reading plan followed by many (such as I), and can be found online at this site.

This hymn is a wonderful reminder that our salvation is by grace alone. Although we are aware of that as we live between “the Already” and “the Not Yet,” it will be even clearer to us on that glorious day, when, because of what Christ has done on our behalf, we hear those words, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord.” We sang it to the tune of REDHEAD.

When this passing world is done,
When has sunk yon radiant sun,
When I stand with Christ on high,
Looking o’er life’s history,
Then, Lord, shall I fully know,
Not till then, how much I owe.

When I stand before the throne,
Dressed in beauty not my own,
When I see Thee as Thou art,
Love Thee with unsinning heart,
Then, Lord, shall I fully know,
Not till then, how much I owe.

Chosen not for good in me,
Wakened up from wrath to flee,
Hidden in the Saviour’s side,
By the Spirit sanctified,
Teach me, Lord, on earth to show
By my love how much I owe.

Oft I walk beneath a cloud,
Dark as midnight’s gloomy shroud;
But, when fear is at its height,
Jesus comes, and all is light;
Blessed Jesus, bid me show
Doubting saints how much I owe.

When the praise of heav’n I hear,
Loud as thunders to the ear,
Loud as many waters’ noise,
Sweet as harp’s melodious voice,
Then, Lord, shall I fully know,
Not till then, how much I owe.



  1. Sandra A. said,

    April 13, 2011 at 7:54 AM

    Thanks for your faithfulness to share wonderful hymns.
    I have heard good things about your messages this month in Mark’s absence. Not at all surprised. So wish we had been there to hear them.
    Be blessed, my brother, as you certainly are a blessing.

    • cliftonr said,

      April 13, 2011 at 8:26 AM

      Thanks, Sandra, for your kind words. It has been busy the last few weeks, but also rewarding. I am truly blessed to be a part of this portion of God’s flock. We continue to pray for you and Jack (and Todd) as you adjust to life “out west.”

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