Strength by Grace Till Christ’s Return

My youngest daughter, Rachel, has been learning to play guitar. She has learned so well, so quickly, that she plays for our morning worship service on Sunday’s. (We have two or three guitar players because we don’t have a piano player… I know, I know… “A Baptist Church without a piano player! That’s just unheard of; especially in Alabama!”). She came up with a tune on the guitar that she picks and strums to an ¬†unusual meter several weeks ago; and she wanted me to write some lyrics for her. Although I prefer to paraphrase scripture for the hymns I write, I was blessed to consider a song that expressed certain truths of Christ one can meditate upon while praising God in that expression. We are providing those lyrics here at Justification by Grace today. Perhaps, if the Lord should tarry, you might hear Rachel singing some of these on YouTube or something.


“Strength by Grace Till Christ’s Return”

I had n0t strength in my best frame
To bring Thee glory Thou art due.
Apart from grace I have no faith;
Nor faith at all unless from You.

O blessed Jesus, Savior, Friend;
Thou art God and deserve all praise!
Thy grace exalts Thee ‘bove the heav’ns;
I long to see Thee in That Day!

You suffer’d shame and sorrows when
You came to earth, the Promis’d One;
Crush’d by God’s wrath, You submitted
To the Father, His only Son.

Suff’ring Servant, we despis’d Thee,
Spat upon Thee and smote Thy back;
You shed Thy blood for remission;
Died in my stead for I do lack.

Jesus, blessed Lord, Redeemer,
Death could not hold Thy beaten frame;
You rose the third day with all pow’r;
Only Messiah owns that claim!

Seated now ruling and reigning,
Ascended to Your Throne on high;
Lamb of God, Thee only worthy,
One day soon You’ll dry my eye!

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. I look forward to seeing Rachel on Youtube.

  2. Very good lyrics. I am glad to see that Rachel is learning the guitar and hope she continues for God’s glory.

    • Thank you, brother. Rachel and I both appreciate your kind and encouraging words. May the Lord continue to bless you.

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