The first line of this month’s hymn might sound strange at first glance: “And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Savior’s blood?” But the author Charles Wesley is simply saying, “Why me? How did I get so crazy blessed, that I would seek after the saving work of Christ?”
Our world, our children, and even our own hearts tend to ask a different kind of “Why me?” “Why don’t I get what that person has? Why don’t I have more (fill in the blank)? Why do I have it so hard?” And on and on our discontentment and arrogant entitlement goes.
Wesley’s opening line is the complete opposite. He is essentially asking, “Why should I get anything this good?” This question, unanswerable as it may be, was a true mark of grace upon Wesley’s life. Up until around the time that he wrote this hymn, he had lived his whole life trusting in his own good works. He grew up on a steady diet of the Scriptures under the care of a most faithful prayer warrior of a mum. He had inadvertently started the Methodist denomination while in college with his brother, and even served as a missionary to the colony of Georgia (which went horribly wrong- like a woman shot at him when he tried to immerse her baby kind of wrong).
Upon his return home, God placed His faithful people around Charles to ask the tough questions and steer him to the Scriptures. It was then that he finally realized that even with all his good deeds, he could never live up to God’s holy standard–that he was part of Adam’s helpless race, imprisoned and fast bound in nature’s night. He came to understand that the atoning work of Christ frees us and clothes us in His righteousness.
In many ways, the life experiences of Charles Wesley are probably nothing like yours. But if you, like me, and like Wesley have been freed and made alive by the power and love of Christ, then this hymn will give you words to worship with. This month, let’s sing “why me?” Let’s sing, “Amazing love! How can it be, that Thou, my God shouldst die for me?” This humbled, grateful praise is in the heart of every Christian. Let’s joyfully have it on our lips and in our homes as well!
Chances are you know this hymn already. If it’s helpful to you, please use our YouTube Channel to hear it so you can sing it with confidence. We’ve added several versions of the hymn to the top of our hymn of the month playlist for you to choose from. And don’t forget your free printable lyrics, music, and a copywork page to help you along.
We encourage you all 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. Just tag your post with #hymnofthemonth. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! Let us know if you’ll be joining in!