Baptism Hymn

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Good songs (modern or historic) on the significance of baptism are hard to find. This song is about what baptism is, what it reminds us of, and what it signifies. Baptism reminds us of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (see Romans 6:1-10). This song is well-suited to sing congregationally after a public baptism. In the first verse we affirm that baptism is dear to us because it reminds us of our beloved Savior and what He did for us. In verse 2 we remember that we were and still are unworthy to be permitted into the cleansing waves of baptism, but that because of God’s mercy he beckons us to enter. In verse 3 we affirm cost of the faith that we publicly entered at our baptism and recommit that we are willing to pay it because what we were given at baptism was so much more valuable. The song concludes by using the term baptism in a different way, to refer to how we will be immersed in God’s glory when we finally go home to be with Him in Heaven.


             (Show Original Wordings)
Verse 1:
Sweet the sign that now reminds me,
Of my Savior’s sacrifice;
Of the ransom freely given,
Bought at such a costly price.
Oh, what pleasure, oh, what pleasure,
To be buried with my Lord!

Verse 2:
Standing at this tomb of water,
Emblem of my Savior’s grave;
Even though I feel unworthy,
Can I run from mercy’s wave?
No! I’ll enter, No! I’ll enter;
Jesus entered there to save.

Verse 3:
Should it take my worldly pleasures,
Or it bring great shame or loss,
Yet the fragrant, blest reflection:
I have been where Jesus was,
Will revive me, will revive me,
When I faint beneath the cross.

Verse 4:
Then when baptized in His glory,
Praise to Jesus, I will sing,
Loudly with the ransomed millions,
Worshiping the King of kings!
All creation, all creation,
Love and worship then will bring!

Original lyrics by John Eustace Giles (1805-1875). Adapted by David L. Ward.
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John Eustace Giles was my 3rd Great Grandfather. I knew he was a Baptist Minister, but was not aware that he had composed any music.


» Douglas W. Baldwin on July 25th, 2007


That's really neat. I found the hymn in Spurgeon's "Our Own Hymn-Book" under the title "Hast Thou said, exalted Jesus" and can't find much out about him. I'd guess that Giles simply composed the poem and didn't set it to music which is the case with most hymnwriters.
» David on July 25th, 2007

what a beautiful song. So glad I decided to check out the web. I will use this at my service.

Thank you...God Bless.
» Kathy Kingsbury on November 18th, 2007

(wipes tears)
» Devin Murphy on April 26th, 2008

I've looked forever for a good hymn on baptism to do at our service... FINALLY! THANK YOU!
» Jason D. on December 29th, 2010

This is a great song with very good words. Thankyou very much for writing that which is meaningful.
» Binu Titus on January 6th, 2015
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