Blessedness in Christ

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”Matthew 5:3

Sung in Common Meter (C.M.) to the tune of “Azmon” or “Hudson.” Familiar hymns sung to Azmon and Hudson are “O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” and “At the Cross” respectively.

Blessedness in Christ
by Jon Cardwell


Blessed they be in poverty;
When spirit is undone.
Apart from grace we wretched are—
There’s nothing save the Son. 

Blessed are they that mourn and weep,
For comfort is their due;
When Jesus is their trust and hope,
For Gentile and the Jew. 

When God’s foes speak against the meek,
There’s blessing in Christ’s words;
They’re strengthen’d by His grace and they’ll
Inherit the new earth.

Blessed are they when hungry and
For righteousness do thirst:
They shall be fill’d and satisfi’d
With Christ whom they love first. 

Blessed they are, the merciful;
For mercy they’ve obtained,
In th’ precious blood of Jesus Christ,
The Lamb who had been slain. 

Bless’d they are, the pure in heart
For their God they shall see;
When Christ returns to bring them home—
With Him forever be. 

Bless’d are they when persecuted
For Christ’s righteousness’ sake;
The kingdom has been promis’d them—
Enduring by God’s grace. 

Blessed are ye, when men revile;
And mock you for Christ’s sake
Rejoice and be exceeding glad
Your reward in heav’n’s great. 

Blessed again are ye when they
Speak evil of your faith,
Rejoice and be exceeding glad
Your gift: to see Christ’s face!

About Jon J. Cardwell

"The Spirited Speaker" - Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Nationally recognized speaker and publisher. Author of several books, including the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified.


  1. Thanks and God Bless

  2. A very beautiful and timely piece to read.

    We are blessed in Christ!

    • Indeed, sister! We truly are blessed in Christ!

      And thank you for posting this on your site.

      This one, again, is one of my favorites to sing; not because it’s such a good paraphrase of the beatitudes, but for two reasons in particular: (1) it is singing the Word of God; and (2) because questions may (and have) arisen from the lyrics. How so?

      For example, in the last line of the fourth verse one may say, “Hey, 1 John 4:19 says that we love God because He first loved us.” And they would be correct.

      Then I point out that the scripture also commands us to return to our ‘first love’ as Christ commanded the Ephesians (Rev 2:4-5); and Jesus also said that we are not worthy of Him or cannot be His disciple if we love anything or anyone else more than Him (Matt 10:37-38) or equal to Him (Lk 14:26-27).

      I love hymns that also teach us good hermeneutics so that we may worship in spirit and truth by rightly dividing the Word.

      Thankfully, if this hymn has been a blessing, it is all of Christ. If it is not a blessing, edifying or encouragement, it is all of me. My flesh does not have the wherewithal to pen anything honoring to Christ.

      Christ in you, sister, is always a blessing to me. Thanks again.

      • Thank you for that background.

        The primary reason that I appreciate the hymns that you’ve written is that they are, as you say, The Word of God.

        It seems like each day I grow more and more cold towards much of what passes off as Christian music today. It has even occured to me, on occasion, if the authors aren’t even saved! With such hollow sounds one can’t help but wonder.

        “I love hymns that also teach us good hermeneutics so that we may worship in spirit and truth by rightly dividing the Word.”

        Me too!

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