“He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face, he was despised and we did not esteem him. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:3-6
The beautiful month of March is upon us. We’ll see glimmers of spring, the promise of new life, and we’ll look back and remember the one week in history that forever changed the course of humanity. It’s fitting that the hymn for the month be a gospel saturated one. “‘Man of Sorrows,’ What a Name” (also known as “Hallelujah, What a Savior”) was written by Phillip P. Bliss in 1875. He wrote, “Guilty, vile and helpless we; spotless Lamb of God was He; Full atonement! Can it be!!?!? Hallelujah! What a Savior!” Those words. They give me goosebumps every. single. time. A small handful of this community know that we have sung this song before. It was one of the first hymns we memorized together back in 2015. Seeing as how our little posse has had a wee growth spurt since then, we thought it was time to revisit. I pray it will be a blessing to our souls to work through this great hymn line by line and let its gospel truths repenitrate our hearts. May it cause us all to respond along with the hymn writer: “Hallelujah! What a Savior!”
Many of you may know this hymn already. But if this is an unfamiliar song for you and your family, please use our YouTube playlist or listen below so you can sing it with confidence. Please use our free printable lyrics and music to help you along.
If you are new to the HOTM community, welcome! We encourage you to gather up your families for just a few minutes each day, to sing, discuss and memorize this hymn, whether it is during family worship, or before bedtime – whatever works best for your family. By the end of March, you are encouraged to post either a photo or video inspired by the song on Instagram. Every time you post, you will be entered into a drawing for a little something special. More info on that coming soon! Just tag your post with #hymnofthemonth. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!