O Thou, Before the World Began



  1. 1. O thou, before the world began,

    Ordained a sacrifice for man,

    And by th’eternal Spirit made

    An off’ring in the sinner’s stead;

    Our everlasting Priest art thou,

    Pleading thy death for sinners now.

  2. 2. Thy off’ring still continues new

    Before the righteous Father’s view.

    Thyself the Lamb forever slain;

    Thy priesthood doth unchanged remain.

    Thy years, O God, can never fail,

    Nor thy blest work within the veil.

  3. 3. Oh, that our faith may never move

    But stand unshaken as thy love,

    Sure evidence of things unseen;

    Now let it pass the years between

    And view thee bleeding on the tree:

    My Lord, my God, who dies for me.

Text: William H. Turton, 1856–1938

Music: Frank W. Asper, 1892–1973