Shane&Shane Lyrics: Before the throne

The lyrics to this song caught my ear last night.  They said it was an old hymn with some added.  From their latest album: Pages.

Before The Throne

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea
A great high Priest who’s name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me

My name is graven on His hand
My name is written on His heart
I know that while in heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart

When satan tempts me to despair
and tells me of the guilt within
upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin

Because a sinless Savior died
my sinful soul is counted free
For God the just is satisfied
to look on Him and pardon me

Hallelujah
Praise the One Risen Son of God.

Behold Him there, the risen Lamb
My perfect spotless righteousness
The great unchangeable I AM
The King of Glory and of grace

One in Himself, I cannot die
My soul is purchased by His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ my Savior and my God

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10 Responses to Shane&Shane Lyrics: Before the throne

  1. Stewart says:

    I have this hymn in one of my hymn books and it’s by a lady named Charitie Bancroft. It says it was written in 1863. It looks like the only part they added is the little “Hallelujah, Praise the One Risen Son of God” part. What’s interesting is that the tune in this hymn book is the same tune that I grew up singing Sweet Hour of Prayer to. Not that anybody cares about this stuff but me, but there you have it anyway!! Did they do a new tune for it?
    Stewart

  2. Tim says:

    That’s funny Stew – after I posted this I looked for the original song and one of the websites had a cheesy midi version of it play when the page opened and I noticed it was a different melody – I was annoyed by the music (had my speakers turned up at the time so it almost woke the kids up) so I turned it off right away and didn’t connect that it was “sweet hour of prayer”. They did indeed add that couple lines to the lyrics and it is a different tune – although it is hymn like so maybe he got it from somewhere else.

  3. I liked this song the best from the set they did in Regina (probably the same set they do everywhere). I was also curious when they said it was an old hymn.

  4. Malcolm says:

    “Sweet Hour of Prayer”? Really, Stew? I’m trying to fit that tune with the words and they don’t seem to go together. The tune I’ve heard for this one is on some old British Worship Together album from the 90s. Maybe they just made the tune up, but I liked it. We used to sing it a capella in Victoria with a Jim Mann arrangement. Whatever the tune, a great hymn.

  5. jsbandura says:

    Shane & Shane… I thoroughly enjoyed them down here as well. Like you, I went in with high expectations and was not disappointed. I chatted with Shane Everett at the intermission and told him to get up before another 10 years pass this time. I think he thought I was joking… definitely wasn’t.

  6. jsbandura says:

    And Stew… I’m glad you’re the hymn geek! There must be days on Jeopardy when you clean up.

  7. Stu says:

    Bob Kauflin wrote about this on his website–the text is by bancroft. The melody is by vikki cook. Shane & Shane failed to give her credit on their album originally, but apparently reprints of the album will be corrected. Kauflin himself called Shane & Shane on Cook’s behalf to get the matter straightened out! Got to give credit where credit is due!

  8. ThankGod says:

    I just wanna say i’m madly in love with this song or music so to say. It’s filled with hope and encouragement.

  9. Bev says:

    Heard this song for the first time in church this weekend (Thanksgiving weekend in Canada). The words are fantastic, it moved me to tears when we started singing the following verse:

    Because a sinless Savior died
    my sinful soul is counted free
    For God the just is satisfied
    to look on Him and pardon me

    Just simply beautiful …pure unadulterated words of truth!!!

  10. simon says:

    i love this song,its quite encouraging also i love other songs like ‘the one you need’ may God bless you and guide you..siriuosly i enjoy this song.

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