An Old Hymn Rediscovered

There is only a handful of hymns that I can say really speak to me with their lyrics… Just a few days ago Petra and I bought ourselves a compilation of Integrity Music – iWorship 24/7 – it’s a local Dutch edition, from what I read on the cover.

Anyways, it features a song called My Savior My God by Aaron Shust. It captured me from the first time I heard it, so I decided I’d investigate on the lyrics… It turns out it’s basically an old hymn with the chorus added to it and apparently one verse changed. More about the story of this new song and the complete lyrics of it you can read here:

Here’s the original lyrics of the hymn which is written by Dorothy Greenwell and first published way back in 1873 in England.

I am not skilled to understand
What God hath willed, what God hath planned;
I only know at His right hand
Stands One who is my Savior.

I take Him at His word indeed:
“Christ died for sinners”—this I read;
For in my heart I find a need
Of Him to be my Savior!

That He should leave His place on high
And come for sinful man to die,
You count it strange? So once did I
Before I knew my Savior!

And, oh, that He fulfilled may see
The travail of His soul in me,
And with His work contented be,
As I with my dear Savior!

Yes, living, dying, let me bring
My strength, my solace from this spring—
That He who lives to be my King
Once died to be my Savior!

This text reminded me of how simple, complete, and full of power our relationship with God is intended to be.

I hope it will be a blessing to you as well… one way or another.

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 Discussion (5)


Thanks for sharing this. I’ve heard the song “My Savior My God” by Aaron Shust but didn’t realize it was basically the lyrics of an old hymn. If you go to (a great resource, by the way!), you can listen to the arrangement of the hymn.

Petar Neychev

Thanks, Jonathan!
It’s good to have that address just in case. :) I came across an instrumental of the original while I was browsing for the lyrics… I think I’ll stick with the modern music and the old text. :)


Just curious…how does Aaron Shust get away, at least morially speaking, to say he wrote the words and music to a song that was actually written by Dorothy Greenwell and first published way back in 1873.

Petar Neychev

Hi, Doug! He actually doesn’t claim he wrote the entire song – if you check out his web-site you’ll see that he refers to the hymn as the original. He later added just a few verses. It was from his story about the song that I learned it was an old hymn and then researched further to see who was the original author. Hope that clarifies it. :)

John gove

After giving my testimony, one of the elders said it brought this hymn to mind. Then there was this conversation regarding the song and the hymn. It took 50 years for me to find that I am loved. I came to believe that people do care. Then I found the same love that they had known. Praise God. Thank you Jesus