Songs & Scripture: “Before the Throne” (Charitie Lee Smith/Bancroft)

This is my second post on my “Songs & Scripture” personal study of worship songs and the Bible verses they’re based on.

I find myself singing this hymn whenever I remember how much I’ve messed up. How I am thankful for the Irish woman who wrote it so long ago (1863)! Her name was Charitie Lee Smith, also known as Charitie Lee Bancroft, and not much is known about her except that she was most likely widowed twice and first titled this hymn as “The Advocate.” I rather like that title more.

Before the Throne

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea: (Hebrews 4:15-16)
A great High Priest, whose name is Love, (Hebrews 4:141 John 4:16)
Who ever lives and pleads for me. (Hebrews 7:25)

My name is graven on His hands, (Isaiah 49:16)
My name is written on His heart;
I know that while in heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart (Romans 8:1Romans 8:34)
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair, (Luke 22:31-32)
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look, and see Him there (Acts 7:55-56)
Who made an end to all my sin. (Colossians 2:13-14)

Because the sinless Savior died,
My sinful soul is counted free; (John 8:36Galatians 5:1)
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me (Romans 3:23-261 John 2:2)
To look on Him and pardon me

Behold Him there, the Risen Lamb (Isaiah 53:5-7John 1:29Revelation 5:6)
My perfect, spotless righteousness, (1 Corinthians 1:301 Peter 1:18-19)
The great unchangeable I am, (Exodus 3:14Isaiah 48:12John 8:58Hebrews 13:8)
The King of glory and of grace!

One with Himself I cannot die (Romans 6:5-9Romans 14:81 John 4:9)
My soul is purchased by His blood (Acts 20:281 Corinthians 6:201 Peter 1:18-19Revelation 5:9-10)
My life is hid with Christ on high, (Colossians 3:3)
With Christ, my Savior and my God (Titus 2:13)
With Christ, my Savior and my God

Note: credit goes to this post for starting me off of these references!

With Love,



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