Wednesday Worship: Stricken, Smitten And Afflicted

So, I’ve decided to start doing a weekly Wednesday post, called… you guessed it! Wednesday Worship.

Each Wednesday I plan to share a song that God has been really using to speak to my heart that week. Sometimes it’ll be a new song that I’ve discovered, sometimes it will be a favorite hymn that has ministered to me for years. I’ll tell you who it’s by, where you can buy it, and how God has used it in my life.

AND I’d love to hear from you and hear what you’re listening to that encourages you and brings you closer to Jesus.

Seriously, y’all don’t know just how giddy I get when you comment on my blog. I get all warm and fuzzy and happy. I am self-absorbed like that. I love the lovin’! But let’s just go beyond me and my feelings here. I really would love to hear what music brings you to worship Him, and who knows? Maybe your song will be my next Wednesday Worship song and God will use you to bless others. I love how He does that!

Let’s begin.

This week I’ve been reading a lot about the glory of Christ in His suffering. I reread a description of just what He endured on that Friday before He rose again in victory. It literally sent shudders through my body. The whips slicing flesh from his body, the thorns shoved into his brow, the rusted nails pounded through His hands and feet, the suffocation as His body caved in on itself, but most of all, the wrath of God poured out on Him. Something He had no need to experience, but He chose to suffer for me. “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) I deserve everything He suffered. I deserve the wrath of God. But because of His wounds, I get my healing. That amazes me. Humbles me. Brings me to worship.

I grew up singing the hymn “Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted”. It was written in 1804 by Thomas Kelly. While I’ve never listened to much by Fernando Ortega, his version of this hymn (it is the original tune) is breathtaking. The harp, the harmonies, the cello all help communicate the mournfulness of how Christ suffered but also create the beauty of His suffering. It is on his “Beginnings” or “Night Of His Return” CD, and you can download the song through iTunes or Amazon.com mp3 downloads.

My favorite is the last line of this hymn. No one shall ever be ashamed when their hope is in our glorious Savior!

Stricken, smitten, and afflicted,
See Him dying on the tree!
‘Tis the Christ by man rejected;
Yes, my soul, ’tis He, ’tis He!
‘Tis the long-expected prophet,
David’s Son, yet David’s Lord;
By His Son, God now has spoken
Tis the true and faithful Word.

Tell me, ye who hear him groaning,
Was there ever grief like his?
Friends thro’ fear his cause disowning,
Foes insulting his distress;
Many hands were raised to wound him,
None would interpose to save;
But the deepest stroke that pierced him
Was the stroke that Justice gave.

Ye who think of sin but lightly,
Nor suppose the evil great
Here may view its nature rightly,
Here its guilt may estimate.
Mark the sacrifice appointed,
See who bears the awful load;
’tis the Word, the Lord’s Anointed,
Son of Man and Son of God.

Here we have a firm foundation,
Here the refuge of the lost;
Christ’s the Rock of our salvation,
His the name of which we boast.
Lamb of God, for sinners wounded,
Sacrifice to cancel guilt!
None shall ever be confounded
Who on him their hope have built.

Amen and amen!

How is God encouraging your heart through worship this week?

8 responses to “Wednesday Worship: Stricken, Smitten And Afflicted”

  1. Love this! You know my first step every day to draw close to my Saviour is through worship! Well, kindred spirit, old hymns still seem to speak to me the most, but this week I downloaded a song by Point of Grace, Heal the Wound but Leave the Scar, that has really touched my heart. On several levels this song has spoken to me. First, God is teaching me not live in regret for the years I spent so far away from Him and so deep in sin. The scars from this time should be beautiful reminders of His amazing grace and saving love. Secondly, on a physical level, I struggle with the physical and emotional scars from this past year, and this song made me realize even these are a shining testimony to our Father’s perfect plan to make my life a living sacrifice for His glory.

    As you end your radiation today I pray you will experience the healing power of our Saviour on your body, mind and spirit. I know your scars are so fresh. In time, may they remind you of how merciful our great God is! I love you! Can’t wait for next Worship Wednesday!

    I used to wish that I could rewrite history
    I used to dream that each mistake could be erased
    Then I could just pretend
    I never knew me back then

    I used to pray that You would take this shame away
    Hide all the evidence of who I’ve been
    But it’s the memory of
    The place You brought me from
    That keeps me on my knees
    And even though I’m free

    Heal the wound but leave the scar
    A reminder of how merciful You are
    I am broken, torn apart
    Take the pieces of this heart
    And heal the wound but leave the scar

    I have not lived a life that boasts of anything
    I don’t take pride in what I bring
    But I’ll build an altar with
    The rubble that You’ve found me in
    And every stone will sing
    Of what You can redeem

    Heal the wound but leave the scar
    A reminder of how merciful You are
    I am broken, torn apart
    Take the pieces of this heart
    And heal the wound but leave the scar

    Don’t let me forget
    Everything You’ve done for me
    Don’t let me forget
    The beauty in the suffering

    Heal the wound but leave the scar
    A reminder of how merciful You are
    I am broken, torn apart
    Take the pieces of this heart
    And heal the wound but leave the scar

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  2. Angie,

    While I don’t have any worship songs to offer you for “Wednesday Worship” right now, I must say I am blown away by how great your blog is! I love the way it is set up, and it’s obvious that you and Brian have a gift for writing & photography, etc.

    Hey, thanks for the comments on our blog the other day! It’s exciting to know that people will be praying from afar, also.

    Have a blessed day, each of you!
    “The Jack Pack”

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  3. love the idea of wednesday worship. what about thankful thursday??? I just wanted to comment on Monica’s post…that’s legal, right? Well, you don’t know me but I’m a grad student and I am learning about wound healing in class, right now. I’ve learned about the myofibroblasts that stretch the wound and the other cells that play a crucial role in forming a scab and ultimately a scar. In the end though, when it comes down to it…it’s like your mother always told you, “don’t pick your scabs!” They may itch and irritate you, but the formation of scars and scabs are actually a good and positive thing…they’re even SUPPOSED to be there! So, I concur, all we can ask and pray for is that Jesus will heal the wound, but leave the scar as a reminder of his goodness. I’m looking forward to listening to that song.

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  4. Dear Angie,

    I rejoice with you today as you have reached the end of your radiation and move on to the next step in this journey. I pray God will bless you with complete healing in evey way! I know you will never be the same, nor will the people who have been touched, yes even blessed, in some way by your illness. He uses so many different things to work His purpose and His sanctifying grace in our lives. Monica said they other day, sometimes we don’t go through trials for our own benefit, but for the benefit of someone else. Your testimony through this struggle has been nothing short of miraculous and I know God has used you through this. I love the Ray Boltz song, “I Will Praise the Lord”

    The chorus says:

    ‘I will praise the Lord,
    I will praise the Lord,
    No matter what tomorrow holds,
    No matter whats in store,
    I will praise the Lord!”

    “Tho this may be a prison,
    And these may be chains,
    Still I am free,
    Free to praise His name.”

    This song is about Paul and Silas, who when they were in prison, had been beaten, woke up in filth and cold, chose to sing praises to their God instead of complaining. If they had not the Philipian jailer and his family would not have been save, nor would the doors of the prison have been flung open. Captives set free! May we be a light to others, even in the midst of dark times in our lives, so they too can know the freedom and joy we have in Christ. Love ya, Rochelle

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  5. Angie,
    What a wonderful idea! I have always viewed Worship as a fantastic way to start the day as a reminder that God is the One who gave us another day! You have such a heart of worship and it is evident in your blogs!
    Tonight during worship practice, we practiced one of my favorite hymns of all times “Rock of Ages” It reminded me of how God is there always; He Alone s there for us to cleave to and we can hide ourself in Him, knowing that He is our ultimate Protector and Savior through every aspect of our lives!

    Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
    let me hide myself in thee;
    let the water and the blood,
    from thy wounded side which flowed,
    be of sin the double cure;
    save from wrath and make me pure.

    Not the labors of my hands
    can fulfill thy law’s commands;
    could my zeal no respite know,
    could my tears forever flow,
    all for sin could not atone;
    thou must save, and thou alone.

    Nothing in my hand I bring,
    simply to the cross I cling;
    naked, come to thee for dress;
    helpless, look to thee for grace;
    foul, I to the fountain fly;
    wash me, Savior, or I die.

    While I draw this fleeting breath,
    when mine eyes shall close in death,
    when I soar to worlds unknown,
    see thee on thy judgment throne,
    Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
    let me hide myself in thee.

    Blessings to you my dear sweet friend! I love you!

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  6. Hey Davis crew! I love keeping up with you on your blog! and I love your new weekly “Wednesday Worship” idea. Here is my favorite CD right now: “True Beauty” by Mandisa

    I know it’s silly, but we are American Idol fans. Chuck gave me this Mandisa CD for Christmas and it’s great. The title track is “True Beauty” which is my Laurel’s favorite. The boys love singing and dancing to the track that goes something like “Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance, I just want to praise you! I’m just gonna praise you! “You broke my chains so I can lift my hands. I just wanna praise you…”

    Here’s praying you have a blessed day and know that you are prayed for daily down here in Lynchburg! We miss you!

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  7. Dear, dear Angie, you are such a treasure. Thank you for sharing that wonderful song. Reading your blog is a breath of fresh air, a reminder of the true meaning of life. Recently I have been so caught up in the busyness of life that I have forgotten the value of worship. Reading these lyrics and meditating on the real simplicity of a “life hid in Christ” changes my view of, can I say, even Music Theory homework (which happens to be the one thing I must do now and the one thing I do NOT want to do.)

    Thinking about the way in which worship can and should consume our lives makes me think of the line from the hymn “Come thou Fount”–“Here’s my heart, O, take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.” Let Him be the center of life, of the spiritual times and the not so “spiritual” times, of the church times and the theory homework times. Here is my heart Lord, take it for thyself alone. I give thee my all.

    Thanks for directing my thoughts to Jesus tonight, Angie! I love you!

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  8. Hey Angie! I, too, have always felt closer to God in worship through music. In fact, a couple years after God saved me I decided to start memorizing old hymns. Now I think there are some great contemporary songs, but there’s something about the words to the old faithfuls, written by saints who had experience real trials and come out on the other side seeing God more clearly. I would print out the words to a hymn, place it in a gallon sized ziploc baggie, and tape it in my shower, so I knew I would get at least 10 minutes of uninterrupted song time! The very first one I memorized was in response to some insecurities I was having in understanding God’s forgiveness. This is based on the book of Romans, and the last verse (my favorite) comes straight from Romans 8:1. Here it is:

    And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Savior’s blood
    Died He for me who caused His pain
    for me, who Him to death pursued
    amazing love how can it be, that Thou, my God, shouldst die for me.
    amazing love how can it be, that Thou, my God, shouldst die for me.

    He left His Father’s throne above, so free so infinite His grace
    emptied Himself of all but love
    and bled for Adam’s helpless race
    ’tis mercy all immense and free
    for o my God it found out me
    amazing love how can it be, that Thou, my God, shouldst die for me.

    long my imprisoned spirit lay fast bound in sin and nature’s night
    Thine eye diffused a quickning ray
    i woke, the dungeon flamed with light
    my chains fell off, my heart was free
    i rose, went forth and followed Thee
    amazing love how can it be, that Thou, my God, shouldst die for me.

    No condemnation now I dread
    Jesus and all in Him is mine
    alive in Him my living head
    and clothed in righteousness divine
    bold i approach the eternal throne
    and claim the crown through Christ my own!
    amazing love how can it be, that Thou, my God, shouldst die for me.

    Amen and Amen!!!

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