Ernie Haase & Signature Sound performing “Oh, What A Savior” live.

“Oh, What A Savior” is a hymn which Marvin P. Dalton wrote in 1948. Dalton is a Free Will Baptist hymnist. The hymn carries with it a powerful declaration of how great Jesus is as our one and only Savior. It inspired many gospel singers and bands that they began recording and performing it on various occasions. Here, we will try to dissect the song’s text to have a deeper understanding of the greatness of our Savior.

Immersing on the Lyrics

The song opens with lines that talk about a poor soul once lost in the dark valley of sins. There, he can’t find any hope. Then he shifted his search to the other side called Heaven and there he found a Savior. Everyone who has been lost and then found can relate to this. And they can easily attest to the following verse from the book of Timothy:

“It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.” (1 Tim. 1:15)

In the chorus, we can feel a pronounced adoration of the Savior. There’s an emphasis on the great sacrifice He has done for the whole world, giving His life on the cross. This theme continued to the succeeding stanza. Jesus Christ’s coming is considered as the most important event ever written in the Bible. Likewise, the most important event in the life of a Christian is the moment he accepted Jesus as his Savior. Such acceptance should translate to a life lived in accordance with His will. In the last verse, the narrator tells something about death. And having Christ in his life, he’s confident that His saving hands will lead him to the safe side. Soon, he will be joining that bright shore where he can sing joyfully forever more.

Be inspired by the song’s video performed by the Southern gospel quartet Ernie Haase & Signature Sound.

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