song of the month

Song of the Month – March 2020

Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted by Thomas Kelly

Thomas  Kelly was a prolific hymn writer who lived from 1769-1855 and wrote over 750 hymns including our current song of the month Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted in 1804. 

This is a sobering hymn which follows the theme of the suffering servant in Isaiah 54:3

Surely he has borne our griefs
    and carried our sorrows;
  yet we esteemed him stricken,
    smitten by God, and afflicted

For more information on this hymn you can read this article from the Gospel Coalition

Stricken Smitten and Afflicted

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 by 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.

Reawaken Hymns does a great rendition of this song below.