Behind the Music
Many songs that the Christian Church sings are songs that were born out of unique circumstances or deep suffering. Other songs are the product of faithful people building into the lives of others.
I Stand Amazed is a song that falls into the latter category. Charles Gabriel was born in 1862 on a rural Iowa farm and became interested in music and gospel songs because of his father's influence. Gabriel later moved to California. It is estimated that he wrote 7,000 to 8,000 hymns and gospel songs, although he often used a pseudonym. Charles Gabriel also wrote all forms of choral music and cantatas. His songs are a result of a steady journey of persevering faith--a faith that can be passed down from generation to generation. Many of these songs contain wonderful gospel stories.
I Stand Amazed (My Savior's Love) is no exception. It poetically describes the nature of Christ's sacrifice in our stead. For an example, check out the stanza below to see how Charles Gabriel describes Christ becoming sin on our behalf which is communicated in Paul's letter to the Corinthian church. Take a minute to see how Charles Gabriel rooted his songs in the story of God.
He took my sins and my sorrows;
he made them his very own;
he bore the burden to Calvary
and suffered and died alone.
We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. - 1 Corinthians 5:20-21