Lay Your Deadly Doing Down

 

Lay your deadly “doing” down—
Down at Jesus’ feet;
Stand in Him, in Him alone,
Gloriously complete.
I first heard this quote years ago in a Tim Keller sermon (can’t remember which one), and found the message to be liberating. So I was curious to know more of the lyrics and a bit more about the hymn. Turns out the hymn is titled “It is Finished,” and was written by James Proctor in 1864.

 

The tune was popularized by Ira D. Sankey, the musical complement to evangelist D.L. Moody. If my sight-reading skills are still any good, the tune isn’t much to speak of. But neither are many hymns of that era (IMO). At any rate, the lyrics more than make up for its musical shortcomings.

 

From http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/christian-music/It_Is_finished.htm

From http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/christian-music/It_Is_finished.htm

 

Nothing, either great or small—
Nothing, sinner, no;
Jesus died and paid it all,
Long, long ago.

 


CHORUS:
“It is finished!” yes, indeed, 
Finished, ev’ry jot; 
Sinner, this is all you need, 
Tell me, is it not? 

 

When He, from His lofty throne,
Stooped to do and die,
Ev’rything was fully done;
Hearken to His cry!

Weary, working, burdened one,
Wherefore toil you so?
Cease your doing; all was done
Long, long ago.

Till to Jesus’ work you cling
By a simple faith,
“Doing” is a deadly thing—
“Doing” ends in death.

Lay your deadly “doing” down—
Down at Jesus’ feet;
Stand in Him, in Him alone,
Gloriously complete.


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