There Is an Hour

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This hymn, originally titled "The Solemn Hour" in Spurgeon's "Our Own Hymn-Book" paints a powerful picture of what we can expect to experience when we die. Unless the Lord Jesus returns, all of us will face death, the great enemy and equalizer. Not only will death bring the loss of all the earthly possessions and joys we once knew, but Scripture teaches that we face something far worse, a final judgment. Hebrews 9:27 makes it clear: "it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment." But this hymn points us to the Biblical truth that those who have run to Jesus as their redeemer need no longer fear, for Jesus has conquered death (1 Corinthians 15:54-57). Jesus is the priceless treasure that we now taste in part, but then when finally freed from sin, will know in full. And when we stand and gaze upon the eternity set before us, on the paths of eternal life or eternal death, Jesus will come to meet us, His bride, and lead us to "blissful life" with Him forever.


             (Show Original Wordings)
Verse 1:
There is an hour when I must part
With all I hold most dear,
When passing pleasures, vain pursuits
As nothing will appear.
But Christ will then become to me
The all-consuming prize
I longed to love with all my heart
As every idol dies.

Verse 2:
There is an hour when I must stand
Before the judgment seat;
And all my sins, and all my foes,
In awful vision meet.
But Christ will rise on my behalf
And plead my hopeless case;
The Judge will see His life and death,
Securing my release.

Verse 3:
There is an hour when I must look
On one eternity;
And nameless woe, or blissful life,
My endless portion be.
But Christ will catch my eager gaze
With eyes of blazing fire
And with one tender, loving glance
My soul will be secure.

Words by Andrew Reed (1787-1862) & David L. Ward. Music by David Ward.
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Excellent job on this hymn! Your singing keeps getting better too! Thanks for all of your hard work and devotion to the Lord and His people!
» Rick Owen on July 24th, 2010
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