Hymn #14: Before the Throne of God Above

Posted by Sherry on 10/4/2009 in General, Music and Hymns, Projects, Top 100 Hymn Project |

Original Title: The Advocate

Lyrics: Charitie Bancroft, 1863.

Music: SWEET HOUR by William Bradbury, 1861.

The following is a rendition of this hymn with a more recent tune written by Vikki Cook. Read here for more information on Ms. Cook and her tune setting for this hymn.

Theme: Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. Hebrews 4:14.

Jawan McGinnis: What majesty! What a promise of knowing that my name is graven on his heart and hands! What truth!

Before the throne of God above

I have a strong and perfect plea.

A great high Priest whose Name is Love

Who ever lives and pleads for me.

My name is graven on His hands,

My name is written on His heart.

I know that while in Heaven He stands

No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair

And tells me of the guilt within,

Upward I look and see Him there

Who made an end of all my sin.

Because the sinless Savior died

My sinful soul is counted free.

For God the just is satisfied

To look on Him and pardon me.

Behold Him there the risen Lamb,

My perfect spotless righteousness,

The great unchangeable I AM,

The King of glory and of grace,

One in Himself I cannot die.

My soul is purchased by His blood,

My life is hid with Christ on high,

With Christ my Savior and my God!

I’ve never heard of this hymn set to any tune, but apparently it’s been recorded by Sonic Flood, Selah, Promise Keepers, Lou Fellingham (from Phatfish), Sojourn Church, GLAD, Shane and Shane, Matt Papa, and possibly others. Another modern classic?


  • Barbara H. says:

    It has also been recorded by Soundforth. Definitely a modern classic, this is one of my all-time favorites.

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  • Byron says:

    Listen to Chris Rice’s version on the ‘Peace Like A River – The Hymns Project’ CD. It will take your breath away.

  • angelina marquez says:

    I enjoyed this song as
    it has an anointing from God,
    just a peace that doe’s pass all
    understanding from the angels
    above and the gentle flow of the
    words felt with God’s message of love
    for a hungry thristy generation.
    Such healing flowing down .
    Thank you, and I will keep your ministry
    in prayer.
    Sister in Christ Jesus.


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