Now Why This Fear?

This past Sunday, in a sermon from our series on the letter to the Hebrews, I made reference to the lyrics of the hymn, “Rock of Ages” by Augustus Toplady.  Reflecting afterward, another of Toplady’s (lesser-known) hymns come to mind titled, “From Whence This Fear and Unbelief” (1777). The words are dripping with the themes and theology of Hebrews: fear (Heb 2:15; 4:1; 13:6), unbelief (Heb 3:16–19), faith (Heb 10:37–12:3), spotless Son (Heb 4:14–16; 9:11–14), atonement, blood, “sprinkling” (Heb 9:13–14; 10:22), and of our Great High Priest (Heb 2:17; 3:1; 4:14–15; 5:5, 10; 6:20; 7:26–27; 8:1; 9:11). That is why I am so grateful to Sovereign Grace Music for retuning Toplady’s profound lyrics for “Now Why This Fear”.

Now Why This Fear

Verse 1
Now why this fear and unbelief
Has not the Father put to grief
His spotless Son for us
And will the righteous Judge of men
Condemn me for that debt of sin
Now canceled at the cross

Jesus all my trust is in Your blood
Jesus You’ve rescued us
Through Your great love

Verse 2
Complete atonement You have made
And by Your death have fully paid
The debt Your people owed
No wrath remains for us to face
We’re sheltered by Your saving grace
And sprinkled with Your blood

How sweet the sound of saving grace
How sweet the sound of saving grace
Christ died for me

Verse 3
Be still my soul and know this peace
The merits of your great High Priest
Have bought your liberty
Rely then on His precious blood
Don’t fear your banishment from God
Since Jesus sets you free

Augustus Toplady | Doug Plank © 2011 Sovereign Grace Worship (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing)

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