Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy ~ Hymn Study
Music Selections found on YouTube:
- Fernando Ortega (with Amy Grant) Contemporary version
- Klondike Baptist Church Traditional version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4GP3hZ8FW8
Music Selections found on Spotify:
- Fernando Ortega w/ Amy Grant on the Storm album
Joseph Hart was English. He resisted Christianity while growing up in a Christ-centered home, and eventually even wrote against the preaching of many of the popular preachers (like John Wesley). In 1757 the prodigal son returned as he came to know Christ and became an independent Calvinist preacher himself.
This hymn was written in 1759, just two years after his conversion. It rings with the very real knowledge of being a sinner and the grace that frees. Hart had the revelation of Christ in the garden of Gethsemane showing him that His sufferings were for him (and the Church), a beautiful expression of love and sacrifice.
Bible Verse for Reading, Narration and Copywork
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)
The Prodigal Son as told by Jesus in Luke 15:11-32
Come, ye sinners, poor and needy,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
Full of pity, love and power.
I will arise and go to Jesus,
He will embrace me in His arms;
In the arms of my dear Savior,
O there are ten thousand charms.
Come, ye thirsty, come, and welcome,
God’s free bounty glorify;
True belief and true repentance,
Every grace that brings you night
Come, ye weary, heavy laden,
Lost and ruined by the fall;
If you tarry till you’re better,
You will never come at all.
View Him prostrate in the garden;
On the ground your Maker lies.
On the bloody tree behold Him;
Sinner, will this not suffice?
Lo! th’incarnate God ascended,
Pleads the merit of His blood:
Venture on Him, venture wholly,
Let no other trust intrude.
Charms: a power of pleasing or attracting, as through personality or beauty
Bounty: a generous gift
Nigh: near in space, time, or relation
Laden: burdened; loaded down
Tarry: to delay or be tardy in acting, starting, coming, etc.
Prostrate: to cast (oneself) face down on the ground in humility, submission, or adoration.
Suffice: to be enough or adequate for; satisfy
Incarnate: embodied in flesh; given a bodily, especially a human, form
Ascended: to move, climb, or go upward
Venture: to take a risk; dare; presume
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United Methodist Church Discipleship Ministries. (2017). Retrieved from https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/history-of-hymns-come-ye-sinners-poor-and-needy