We’ve been having a mini series on Sunday evenings at church over the last few months looking at Greatest Hits – some of the best hymns, the stories behind them, and the rich content contained therein. One we looked at recently was called The Advocate. It was written in 1863 by a young girl called Charitie Bancroft. She was a ministers daughter and grew up in Ireland. She was just 22 years old when she composed the poem which became the hymn. See if you recognise it:
Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea.
A great High Priest whose name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in Heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.
When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin.
Because the sinless Saviour died
My sinful soul is counted free.
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.
Behold Him there the risen Lamb,
My perfect spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I AM,
The King of glory and of grace,
One in Himself I cannot die.
My soul is purchased by His blood,
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ my Saviour and my God!
22 years old! Wowsers!