|First Line:||The blood that Jesus shed for me, Way back on Calvary|
|Title:||The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power|
|Author:||Andraé Crouch (1962)|
|Meter:||188.8.131.52 with refrain|
|Refrain First Line:||It reaches to the highest mountain|
|Copyright:||© 1966. Renewed 1994 by Manna Music, Inc. (ASCAP)|
all st. = Eph. 1:7
African American gospel musician Andraé Crouch (b. Los Angeles, CA, 1945) wrote both text and tune in 1962. An arrangement of the text by Thursten G. Frazier entitled "It Will Never Lose Its Power" was published as a choral piece that same year by the Frazier-Cleveland Company.
Like other familiar hymns about the blood of Jesus (383, "0 Sacred Head" and 384, "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross") this text presents the blood of Jesus as a metaphor for Christ's atonement for our sin. That atonement gives "me strength from day to day" and "will never lose its power." Certainty about the efficacy of Christ's sacrifice (st. 1) "soothes [our] doubts and calms [our] fears" (st. 2) and helps us negotiate "the highest mountain" and "the lowest valley" in our experiences of life in Christ.
Worship that focuses on Christ's sacrifice, atonement, and power; Lord's Supper.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988