This beloved Christian hymn by Samuel Medley is from the 18th century. "My Redeemer Lives" is an affirmation and celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The lyrics of this hymn rejoice in the life of Jesus and the salvation He gives to mankind. The second stanza of this hymn describes Jesus' life after earth saying, "He lives triumphant from the grave, He lives eternally to save, He lives all-glorious in the sky, He lives exalted there on high." Praise the eternal salvation in Jesus by singing this beautiful hymn!
1 I know that my Redeemer lives;
what comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, He lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my everliving Head.
2 He lives triumphant from the grave,
He lives eternally to save,
He lives all-glorious in the sky,
He lives exalted there on high.
3 He lives to bless me with His love,
He lives to plead for me above,
He lives my hungry soul to feed,
He lives to help in time of need.
4 He lives to grant me rich supply,
He lives to guide me with His eye,
He lives to comfort me when faint,
He live to hear my soul's complaint.
5 He lives to silence all my fears,
He lives to wipe away my tears,
He lives to calm my troubled heart,
He lives all blessings to impart.
6 He lives, my kind, wise, heav'nly friend,
He lives and loves me to the end;
He lives, and while He lives, I'll sing;
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.
7 He lives and grants me daily breath;
He lives and I shall conquer death;
He lives my mansion to prepare;
He lives to bring me safely there.
8 He lives, all glory to His name!
He lives, my Jesus, still the same.
Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives,
"I know that my Redeemer lives!"
Source: Hymns to the Living God #176
The Story Behind I Know That My Redeemer Lives
According to hymnary.org, Samuel Medley was born on June 23, 1738, at Cheshunt, Herts in the United Kingdom where his father ran a school. He obtained a good education, but not enjoying the industry to which he apprenticed, he joined the Royal Navy. Having been seriously injured in a battle with the French fleet off Port Lagos, in 1759, he was compelled to withdraw from active service. A sermon by Dr. Watts read to him around this time, inspired his conversion to Christianity. He joined the Baptist Church in Eagle Street, London, then under the care of Dr. Gifford, and shortly afterward opened a school, which for several years he conducted with great success. Having begun to preach, he received, in 1767, a call to become pastor of the Baptist church at Watford. Thence, in 1772, he removed to Byrom Street, Liverpool, where he gathered a large congregation, and for 27 years was remarkably popular and useful. After a long and painful illness, he died on July 17, 1799.