My Savior's Side

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This song was found in the mid-nineteenth century book "Christ in Song - Hymns of Immanuel from All Ages" and was originally written by Matthew Bridges, the author of most of the famous hymn "Crown Him with Many Crowns." In Matthew 11:28 Jesus said "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." The song takes this invitation and fleshes it out, using the metaphor of being at Jesus' side to represent drawing near to Him through faith and receiving the blessings that He pours out on all who come to Him. At His side is our lasting home, the grave of our remaining sin, our true and eternal happiness, our heart's refuge, and our eternal place of worship as the church.


             (Show Original Wordings)
Verse 1:
There is a lasting home
Where burdened souls may hide,
Where death and danger dare not come.

Verse 2:
It was a cleft of love
That opened when He died,
When mercy hailed in worlds above
My Savior's side.

So run to Jesus' wounded side,
The grave of all my shame and pride.
His heart and arms are open wide
To take me to my Savior's side.

Verse 3:
There is my only bliss,
In joy and sorrow tried;
No refuge for the heart like this
But my Savior's side.

Verse 4:
The church will raise her song
As Jesus' spotless bride
When we arrive where we belong-
My Savior's side.

Words by Matthew Bridges (1800-1894) & David Ward. Music by David L. Ward.
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