“The Look” A John Newton Hymn updated by Bob Kauflin

Here’s a sweet video. We hope to sing this hymn at Harbor Church this Sunday. Original lyrics written by John Newton; alternate lyrics and music by Bob Kauflin.

I saw one hanging on a tree
In agony and blood
Who fixed His loving eyes on me
As near His cross I stood
And never till my dying breath
Will I forget that look
It seemed to charge me with His death
Though not a word He spoke

My conscience felt and owned the guilt
And plunged me in despair
I saw my sins His blood had spilt
And helped to nail Him there
But with a second look He said
“I freely all forgive
This blood is for your ransom paid
I died that you might live”

Forever etched upon my mind
Is the look of Him who died
The Lamb I crucified
And now my life will sing the praise
Of pure atoning grace
That looked on me and gladly took my place

Thus while His death my sin displays
For all the world to view
Such is the mystery of grace
It seals my pardon too
With pleasing grief and mournful joy
My spirit now is filled
That I should such a life destroy
Yet live by Him I killed

from Songs for the Cross Centered Life, released 01 May 2004
Words by John Newton (1725–1807), music and new and alternate lyrics, Bob Kauflin
© 2001 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)

About savedbygrace1976

Mark Chanski (author of Manly Dominion; Womanly Dominion; and Encouragement: Adrenaline for the Soul) has labored as a full-time Pastor since 1986 in churches in Ohio and Michigan. He has been Pastor of Harbor Church in Holland, Michigan, since 1994. He has also been elected as Coordinator of the Reformed Baptist Network. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Cornerstone University, and a Master of Divinity degree from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He teaches Hermeneutics for the Reformed Baptist Seminary in Sacramento, CA. Mark is married to his wife Dianne, and has fathered their four sons and one daughter, whose ages stretch from 36 to 26 (born 1983 to 1994).
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4 Responses to “The Look” A John Newton Hymn updated by Bob Kauflin

  1. Jackie Johnson says:

    Awesome song – wondering if there is an accompany tape/CD for this song?

  2. Faith Van Enk says:

    How will you get through this song without weeping?

  3. Lorna Shetler says:

    There is no hope in the dead Jesus. He is alive, reigning in heaven, living in the hearts of those who believe that He is no longer dead or dying. Hopefully, you will balance your song time with a hopeful song about a living Savior.

  4. J. Ray says:

    He should leave John Newton’s name off of it though, as Kauflin changed the meaning of the original hymn.

    “In Evil Long I Took Delight” ~ John Newton

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