Who Is On The Lord’s Side

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This is a catchy children’s hymn with a nice marching tempo.  Miss Havergal wrote this hymn based on 1 Chronicles 12:18. Read more about this hymn at http://bit.ly/1rsz3o.

Lyrics: Frances R. Havergal
Music: C. Luise Reichardt

Who is on the Lord’s side? Who will serve the King?
Who will be His helpers, other lives to bring?
Who will leave the world’s side? Who will face the foe?
Who is on the Lord’s side? Who for Him will go?
By Thy call of mercy, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!

Not for weight of glory, nor for crown and palm,
Enter we the army, raise the warrior psalm;
But for love that claimeth lives for whom He died:
He whom Jesus nameth must be on His side.
By Thy love constraining, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!

Jesus, Thou hast bought us, not with gold or gem,
But with Thine own life blood, for Thy diadem;
With Thy blessing filling each who comes to Thee,
Thou hast made us willing, Thou hast made us free.
By Thy grand redemption, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!

Fierce may be the conflict, strong may be the foe,
But the King’s own army none can overthrow;
’Round His standard ranging, victory is secure,
For His truth unchanging makes the triumph sure.
Joyfully enlisting, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!

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3 Responses to “Who Is On The Lord’s Side”

  1. Joan says:

    Now this hymn is majestic, and I would like to hear it on the pipe organ!

  2. S. Gabriel says:

    This hymn has convicted me to go ahead in a plan I was deliberating to leave my comfort zone to serve the Lord among less privileged people in a remote and troubled part of India

  3. Robert says:

    “A catchy children’s hymn”? No, I don’t think so. (And none of the hymn books I checked places it among their hymns for children.) It is a call to service for the Lord Jesus Christ. I don’t think children could comprehend the nuances of the text, or the “fierceness of the conflict” Frances Havergal describes.

    Having said that, I might use the first stanza with children, teaching them the basic principle of obedience to the Lord, and preparing them to have a greater appreciation for the whole hymn in later years. But it is definitely not a children’s hymn.

    If you don’t already keep tabs on my daily hymn blog, Wordwise Hymns, I encourage you to do so. By the end of the year, I’ll have referenced about a thousand hymns. “Who Is on the Lord’s Side?” was written 133 years ago this very day.

    And if you’ll excuse a brief “commercial:” With the arrival of fall, we begin to think of the Christmas season up ahead. If you do not have a good book on the subject of our Christmas carols, I encourage you to take a look at mine, Discovering the Songs of Christmas. In it, I discuss the history and meaning of 63 carols and Christmas hymns. The book is available through Amazon, or directly from Jebaire Publishing. (Might make a great gift too!)

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