Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Jehovah Tsidkenu

We learned a new hymn after church on Sunday. Wonderful words. Please take time to read them.

Jehovah Tsidkenu

I once was a stranger to grace and to God,
I knew not my danger, and felt not my load;
Though friends spoke in rapture of Christ on the tree,
Jehovah Tsidkenu was nothing to me.

I oft read with pleasure, to soothe or engage,
Isaiah's wild measure and John's simple page;
But e'en when they pictured the blood-sprinkled tree
Jehovah Tsidkenu seemed nothing to me.

Like tears from the daughters of Zion that roll,
I wept when the waters went over His soul;
Yet thought not that my sins had nailed to the tree
Jehovah Tsidkenu- 'twas nothing to me.

When free grace awoke me, by light from on high,
Then legal fears shook me, I trembled to die;
No refuge, no safety in self could I see-
Jehovah Tsidkenu my Savior must be.

My terrors all vanished before the sweet name;
My guilty fears banished, with boldness I came
To drink at the fountain, life-giving and free-
Jehovah Tsidkenu is all things to me.

Jehovah Tsidkenu! my treasure and boast,"
Jehovah Tsidkenu! I ne'er can be lost;
In thee I shall conquer by flood and by field-
My cable, my anchor, my breastplate and shield!

Even treading the valley, the shadow of death,
This "watchword" shall rally my faltering breath;
For while from life's journey my God sets me free,
Jehovah Tsidkenu my death-song shall be.

The hymn was written by Robert Murray M'Cheyne (1813-1843)

Jehovah Tsidkenu means "The Lord Our Righteousness" and is derived from the Anglicised Hebrew of the following two verses:

"Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS." (Jer. 23:5-6) KJV

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes, I like that hymn too! It's one of the few additions to the new Christian Hymns of which I fully approved!

Suzanne said...

It's a great hymn :)

Bruce said...

I just read a brief biography on Robert Murray McCheyne and was glad to find his hymn on your sight as the book mentioned it but did not print it. Years ago I did a bible study on some names of God and Tsidkenu was one of them.