“His Robes for Mine”

We sang this new hymn in church yesterday and I thought it was beautiful and powerful. The text is rich with theology, and my heart was stirred to sing such deep truths. Kudos to Christ Anderson for getting the word “propitiation” into a hymn text–and for clearly explaining it!

I had only sung this song once before, so it was fairly new to me, although it seemed like many in the congregation were familiar with it. You can find the text and sheet music here, and listen to a recording here.

His Robes for Mine

Text: Chris Anderson; Music: Greg Habegger

His robes for mine: O wonderful exchange!
Clothed in my sin, Christ suffered ‘neath God’s rage.
Draped in His righteousness, I’m justified.
In Christ I live, for in my place He died.

Chorus:

I cling to Christ, and marvel at the cost:
Jesus forsaken, God estranged from God.
Bought by such love, my life is not my own.
My praise-my all-shall be for Christ alone.

His robes for mine: what cause have I for dread?
God’s daunting Law Christ mastered in my stead.
Faultless I stand with righteous works not mine,
Saved by my Lord’s vicarious death and life.

His robes for mine: God’s justice is appeased.
Jesus is crushed, and thus the Father’s pleased.
Christ drank God’s wrath on sin, then cried “‘Tis done!”
Sin’s wage is paid; propitiation won.

His robes for mine: such anguish none can know.
Christ, God’s beloved, condemned as though His foe.
He, as though I, accursed and left alone;
I, as though He, embraced and welcomed home!

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