This hymn expresses gratitude for the atonement of Jesus Christ. We may feel unworthy… we may even be unworthy… but the great blessing of the atonement is available to each and every one of us, because He loves each and every one of us. As the refrain states, “Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me enough to die for me!”
This hymn was written by Charles H. Gabriel (1856-1932). Charles Gabriel was exposed to music very early in life. His father led singing schools in their home and, by the time he was 17 years of age, Charles was also leading singing schools. As a boy, he began writing hymns for his local Presbyterian church in Wilton, Iowa. He continued writing gospel hymns throughout his prolific writing career. It is estimated that he was involved in the writing of over 8,000 gospel songs, many of which are still in use.
In Mosiah 3:7-8, King Benjamin prophesied of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for all our sins: “… he shall suffer temptations, and pain of body, hunger, thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can suffer, except it be unto death… so great shall be his anguish for the wickedness and the abominations of his people. And he shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth…”
Listen to our Congregation Choir arrangement with VOCAL countermelody here:
Listen to our Congregation Choir arrangement with FLUTE/VIOLIN countermelody here: