While preparing for my Sunday school class that I am scheduled to teach tomorrow, I found an excellent hymn for engaging in gospel self-talk through believer’s baptism, which is the topic for my lesson tomorrow. This hymn was written anonymously and can be sung to the tune Hursley, which is used for the song Sun of My Soul.
Baptismal Hymn (#455 in Hymns of Grace and Glory)
Is it Thy will that I should be
Buried, in symbol, Lord, with Thee;
Owning Thee by this solemn sign,
Telling the world that I am Thine?
Gladly I yield obedience now;
In all things to Thy will I’d bow;
I’ll follow where my Saviour led,
And humbly in His footsteps tread.
This emblematic, wat’ry grave
Shows forth His love—Who came to save;
And as I enter it, I see
The price my Saviour paid for me.
Forth from Thy burial, Lord, I come,
For Thou hast triumphed o’er the tomb;
Thy resurrection life I share—
My portion is no longer here.
Oh, may I count myself to be
Dead to the sins that wounded Thee,
Dead to the pleasures of this earth,
Unworthy of my heav’nly birth.
Lord Jesus, when I gaze on Thee,
And all Thy radiant glory see,
That joy will far exceed the shame
I bear on earth for Thy loved name.