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(Weekend May 12/13) Story Behind the Song -- "My Song is Love Unknown"

Samuel Crossman lived from 1624 until 1683. He ministered in the church of England and wrote hymns. One of his hymns, "My Song is Love Unknown," was written in 1664. The lyrics take us back to the sacrifice of Christ on the cross.


The song reminds us that Jesus died for us even though we are undeserving. It tells of His rejection and His sacrificial death. It walks through the jeers of the angry crowds as they yell, "Crucify!". It ultimately tells the story of our redemption and the privilege we will have to worship the King of Kings for all of our days.


The gospel is the song we sing today and the song we will sing throughout eternity. After ten thousand years of worshiping the Lord Almighty in eternity, our praise will just be getting started. We will never tire of declaring the greatness of our Savior who showed love to the loveless that we might lovely be.


One of my favorite renditions of this ancient hymn is recorded by Fernando Ortega. I encourage you to read the lyrics below and then allow yourself a few minutes (5 minutes, 15 seconds to be exact!) to be introduced to a new hymn. The lyrics are right below and a link to the song is at the bottom. You might find a new hymn to add to your list of favorites!


My Song is Love Unknown

My song is love unknown, my Savior's love to me Love to the loveless shown, that they might lovely be Oh, who am I that for my sake Oh, who am I that for my sake My Lord should take frail flesh and die?

He came from heaven's throne salvation to bestow But they refused and none the longed-for Christ would know This is my friend, my friend indeed This is my friend, my friend indeed Who at my need, His life did spend

Sometimes they crowd His way and His sweet praises sing Resounding all the day, hosannas to their King Then, "Crucify!" is all their breath Then, "Crucify!" is all their breath And for His death they thirst and cry

Why, what has my Lord done to cause this rage and spite He made the lame to run, and gave the blind their sight What injuries, yet these are why What injuries, yet these are why The Lord Most High so cruelly dies

With angry shouts they have my dear Lord done away A murderer they save, the Prince of Life they slay Yet willingly, He bears the shame Yet willingly, He bears the shame That through His name all might be free

Here might I stay and sing of Him my soul adores Never was love, dear King, never was grief like Yours This is my friend in whose sweet praise This is my friend in whose sweet praise I, all my days would gladly spend


To hear the song, click here (scroll for "My Song is Love Unknown")

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