Tuesday Hymns: “My Hope is in the Lord”

“Christ follower.” This is often the designation many Christian people use to describe themselves. I really have no problem with that label since we are called to follow Christ and His written Word as we live out our lives on this earth. However, if we are not careful, we will find ourselves making the Christian life all about ourselves: what we do, what we say, and what we think. Actually, Christianity is not so much about us, as it is about Christ. It is not, “What would Jesus do?” but “What did Jesus do?”

Norman John Clayton’s hymn, My Hope is in the Lord,” is one great example of what it means to grasp the importance of focusing on the Gospel. Christ gave, Christ paid the price, Christ is our Hope and Righteousness, Christ intercedes for us, Christ planned, and we…simply believe.

My hope is in the Lord
Who gave Him-self for me
And paid the price
Of all my sin at Cal-va-ry.
For me He died;
For me He lives,
And everlasting life
And light He free-ly gives.

No merit of my own
His anger to suppress
My only hope is found
In Jesus’ righteousness
For me He died;
For me He lives,
And everlasting life
And light He free-ly gives.

And now for me He stands
Before the Father’s throne
He shows His wounded hands
And names me as His own.
For me He died;
For me He lives,
And everlasting life
And light He free-ly gives.

His grace has planned it all
‘Tis mine but to believe
And recognize His work of love
And Christ receive.
For me He died;
For me He lives,
And everlasting life
And light He free-ly gives.

(The link provided was the only place on the internet where I could find Clayton’s tune. This particular arrangement may be a little busy, but at least you can hear the tune that goes with the lyrics.)