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Sunday, January 31, 2016

My Commonplace Book... My favorite Hymn: The Old Rugged Cross

When I was a child, about 3-5 yrs. old, I would go around singing the refrain from "The Old Rugged Cross".  I sang just the refrain, because that was all I knew. lol.  It got to bugging my parents and they told me that if I was going to sing a song, I needed to learn the entire song.  So, they taught me "The Old Rugged Cross". 

When perusing the web today, I came upon the following picture:

This made me want to save my favorite song to my commonplace book.
  1. On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
    The emblem of suff’ring and shame;
    And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best
    For a world of lost sinners was slain.
    So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
    Till my trophies at last I lay down;
    I will cling to the old rugged cross,
    And exchange it someday for a crown.
  2. Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
    Has a wondrous attraction for me;
    For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
    To bear it to dark Calvary.
  3. In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
    A wondrous beauty I see,
    For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
    To pardon and sanctify me.
  4. To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
    Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
    Then He’ll call me someday to my home far away,
    Where His glory forever I’ll share.
The Old Rugged Cross | George Bennard

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “[a]Cursed is everyone who hangs on a [b]tree”— Galatians 3:13 NASB

[a] Deuteronomy 21:23
[b] Or cross; lit wood

This and more Hymns can be found here.

Here is a youtube video of it being sung by one of my favorite groups from that same childhood.

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