Day 3

Blest Is the Man

from the Hymns V reading plan

Psalm 32:1-11, Acts 2:38, Galatians 2:16

BY Raechel Myers

Text: Psalm 32:1-11, Acts 2:38, Galatians 2:16

It was the song Oliver heard us sing to him from the time he was born. As we tucked him into his crib, then his toddler bed, then his big-boy bed—I would quietly sing in his ear, “blest is the man, forever blest, whose guilt is pardoned by his God…”

Sometimes he wouldn’t mind. I think he really liked it. Other times, he would interrupt me with important toddler questions about dinosaurs or characters on “Thomas the Train.” But I think he grew to love, and even expect, his weepy mommy singing hymns in his room, stroking his hair as he fell asleep. I can just imagine him telling his four-year-old buddies:

It is what it is, you guys. My mom cries more at bedtime than I do.

Oliver is nine now. (Nine-and-a-half, if you’re asking him.) I don’t sing to him often anymore—something even better has happened as he’s grown into a small version of a man. Instead of lying in his toddler bed, wearing robot jammies while he listens to the hymn, he now stands next to me in church on Sunday mornings, holding the sheet music (usually already covered in pre-church doodles), probably wishing he were still wearing robot jammies. If I quiet my own singing, I can tune into his voice joined with our congregation as the words “and not on works but grace relies” now come from his own lips.

It’s a good moment. Not because I’m a perfect mom. Not because he’s a perfect kid. Oh man, you guys, we mess up all the time— especially on Sunday mornings. (I’ve always thought Sundays were the most sanctifying days of the week; not because of the sermons, but because of the hours leading up to the sermons. That’s straight-up refining fire, y’all.)

It’s not a good moment because we’re good. It’s a good moment because we’re not. So whether I’m singing these words to my my son or to myself, or if he’s singing them along with me, we’re just reminding ourselves and each other that we are guilty and we need God. And that the Savior already bled and covered all our days—even our Sunday mornings.

“Blest Is the Man” has been my prayer for the man God has given us to raise. Not just because Isaac Watts knew how to write a solid hymn, but because the lines of this hymn come straight from the pages of Scripture, through the pens of David and Paul and Luke and others. We pray this hymn in worship for our son, and for our daughter, and for ourselves, that though we fall short—though our unrighteousness is plenty—His righteousness pardons us in full.

While bright the evidence of grace
Thro’ all his life appears and shines!

Blest is the Man, Forever Blest
Isaac Watts, 1719

Blest is the man, forever blest,
Whose guilt is pardoned by his God,
Whose sins with sorrow are confessed
And covered with his Savior’s blood.

Blest is the man to whom the Lord
Imputes not his iniquities;
He pleads no merit of reward
And not on works but grace relies.

From guile his heart and lips are free;
His humble joy, his holy fear,
With deep repentance well agree
And join to prove his faith sincere.

How glorious is that righteousness
That hides and cancels all his sins,
While bright the evidence of grace
Thro’ all his life appears and shines!


For an added layer of worship during reading plan, we’ve created a Spotify playlist for Hymns V! You can find the complete SRT/HRT Hymns V Playlist here, or listen to the first track on the player below. Enjoy!

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66 thoughts on "Blest Is the Man"

  1. Katelyn says:

    This was so called for in my life.

  2. Wdmomma says:

    I love this today as I am questioning my mothering and reading this reassures me that I am a good momma and that without God I am nothing ,he extends grace when we need it and most importantly he loves Jesus. I also used to sing hymns instead of nursery rhymes at bedtime. Mine was Amazing grace … it was my way of comforting my baby and remembering my dad and wishing him to be part of my babies life (he’s in heaven) and asking for Gods grace during that time In my life even though I wasn’t following him and my husband wasn’t interested in being a father or believing in God. Praise God he has pardoned us all and we, together as a family praise God together ! He is soooo good!

  3. Arden says:

    I needed this so badly today.

  4. Amanda says:

    He is my hiding place and He preserves me from trouble!

  5. Rachel says:

    I am cursed and gone astray. I cannot claim salvation. But in that, I am truly blessed with Gods free redemption and salvation! Praise the Lord!

  6. Andrea P says:

    My son always asked me to sing Amazing Grace at bedtime, sometimes he would ask me to sing it to him just because. My daughter always wanted to hear, Tell Me
    Why. Tell me why the stars do shine, tell me why the ivy twines, tell me why the sky is so blue and I will tell you just why I love you. Because God made the stars to shine, because God made the ivy twine because God made the sky so blue, because God made you is why I love you. I can’t believe I remembered, she will be 21 in June. I am new to She Reads Truth, I am loving it so far, blessings.

    1. Love this; thanks for sharing! I have 3 year old twins and they love to hear songs at night. I haven’t heard “Tell Me Why”, I will have to learn that one. I’m sure my kids will love it too! Blessings

  7. Kylee says:

    I’ve been doing the bible in a year plan & oh how I’ve missed the connection made by having a devotional to go along with the reading! This one was lovely. I used to always sing hymns to my daughter before bed (the only songs I had memorized!). She’s 8 1/2 now so the singing days are over, but whenever Come Thou Fount or Be Thou My Vision comes on pandora hymns, I hear her voice ring out above the music — “prone to wander, Lord I feel it…” And I utter a quiet prayer in those moments that the words to these hymns would permeate her heart & stick with her through the hard times in life, when our hearts ARE prone to wander & leave the God we love. May the words stick in our hearts, too — thank you SRT for following the leading to do this study. It blesses me, & I know I’m not alone in saying that!!

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