399. I have a friend whose faithful love

Author: E A Tydeman

I have a friend whose faithful love
is more than all the world to me;
it’s higher than the heights above,
and deeper than the deepest sea;
so old, so new, so strong, so true;
before the earth received its frame,
he loved me-bless his holy name!

2. He held the highest place above,
adored by all the sons of flame,
yet, such his self-denying love,
he laid aside his crown and came
to seek the lost, and at the cost
of heavenly rank and earthly fame,
he sought me-bless his holy name!

3. It was a lonely path he trod,
from every human soul apart;
known only to himself and God
was all the grief that filled his heart:
yet from his track he turned not back
till where I lay in want and shame
he found me-bless his holy name!

4. Then dawned at last that day of dread
when, desolate but undismayed,
with wearied frame and thorn-crowned head
he, now forsaken and betrayed,
went up for me to Calvary,
and dying there in grief and shame
he saved me-bless his holy name!

5. Long as I live my song shall tell
the wonders of his matchless love:
and when at last I rise to dwell
in that bright home prepared above,
my joy shall be his face to see,
and bowing then with loud acclaim,
I’ll praise him-bless his holy name!

Scriptures: Psalms 17:15, Revelation 22:4, John 14:2-3, Psalms 72:19, Psalms 36:5, Isaiah 6:1-3, Psalms 117, Psalms 104:33, Ephesians 1:3-4, Hebrews 12:2, John 17:24, Revelation 5:13, 2 Corinthians 8:9, Jeremiah 31:3, John 11:33, John 12:27, John 13:21, Psalms 145:21, Luke 23:33, Psalms 103:1, Galatians 2:20, Isaiah 53:3-5, 5:16, John 19:5, John 16:22, Proverbs 17:17, Proverbs 18:24, John 15:13-15, Mark 15:17, John 19:2, Luke 19:10, Luke 9:51, Matthew 27:29, Isaiah 50:6, Ezekiel 1, Matthew 26:56, Mark 10:32-33, Mark 14:50, Luke 9:62, Luke 15:1-10, John 15:9, John 16:32, Titus 3:4-5