From Whence This Fear and Unbelief

When I was in seminary at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS, Dr. Derek Thomas handed me the words to this Augustus Toplady song and asked me to write a new tune to it, since it wasn’t in the Trinity Hymnal. It’s one of my favorite hymns, and one of the few tunes I’ve written that people have really liked. The hymn shows the spiritual fruit that comes from truly understanding limited atonement/particular redemption – if God has punished Christ for my sins, He cannot punish me; so where is this fear and unbelief coming from? Not from the gospel, that’s for sure. (If anyone would like to hear the tune, please email me; I haven’t yet bought the necessary space upgrade to allow for mp3 uploads.)

From whence this fear and unbelief,
Hath not the Savior put to grief
His spotless Son for me?
And will the righteous judge of men
Condemn me for that load of sin
Which Lord, was charged to Thee?

Complete atonement Thou hast made,
And to the utmost farthing paid,
Whate’er Thy people owed.
Nor can God’s wrath on me take place
When sheltered by Thy righteousness
And covered by Thy blood.

If Thou my pardon hast secured,
And freely in my room endured
The whole of wrath divine,
Payment God cannot twice demand,
First from my bleeding surety’s hand
And then again from mine.

Return my soul unto thy rest;
The sorrows of thy Great High Priest
Have bought thy liberty.
Trust in His efficacious blood
Nor fear thy banishment from God
Since Jesus died for thee.

SDG

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