Hymn 05


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The Drop That Grew into a Torrent

I will open rivers in desolate heights, and fountains in the midst of valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water and the dry land springs of water. (Isaiah 41:18)

Hymn Text

1. All my soul was dry and dead,
Till I learn’d that Jesus bled.
Bled and suffer’d in my place,
Bearing sin in matchless grace.

2. Then a drop of heav’nly love
Fell upon me from above,
And by secret, mystic art,
Reach’d the center of my heart.

3. Glad the story I recount,
How that drop became a fount,
Bubbled up a living well,
Made my heart begin to swell.

4. All within my soul was praise,
Praise increasing all my days;
Praise which could not silent be:
Floods were struggling to be free.

5. More and more the waters grew,
Open wide the flood-gates flew,
Leaping forth in streams of song
Flowed my happy life along.

6. Lo! a river clear and sweet
Laved my glad, obedient feet!
Soon it rose up to my knees,
And I praised and prayed with ease.

7. Now my soul in praises swims,
Bathes in songs and psalms and hymns;
Plunges down into the deeps,
All her powers in worship steeps.

8. Hallelujah! O my Lord!
Torrents from my soul are poured!
I am carried clean away,
Praising, praising all the day.

9. In an ocean of delight,
Praising God with all my might,
Self is drowned; so let it be:
Only Christ remains in me.

Commentary

Many know of Charles Haddon Spurgeon as a great preacher of the gospel. Spurgeon, however, was also a hymn-writer and a compiler of hymns. He prepared a collection of hymns for use at the Metropolitan Tabernacle during his ministry. The hymn above is last hymn written by Spurgeon. He wrote at the top:

‘I will make the dry land springs of living water’
‘The Drop which Grew into a Torrent.
A Personal Experience.’

The following account is provided on page 427 of Volume 2 of his autobiography, “The Full Harvest,” published by Banner of Truth:

“The hymn was written in the early part of the year 1890, and was inserted in the programme used at the next College Conference. Those who were present, on that occasion, are not likely to forget the thrilling effect produced when five hundred ministers and students joined in singing it to the tune ‘Nottingham’. At the commencement, all sat and sang; but as they came to the later verses, they spontaneously rose, the time was quickened, and Mr. Manton Smith’s cornet helped to swell the volume of praise expressed by the writer.”

The PDF file of the hymn presents the hymn with the tune sung that day at the college, NOTTINGHAM. The verses present a grand crescendo through 9 verses that views a dry and dead soul in verse 1 filled to an ocean of delight in the final verse by the glorious work of Christ

- Ken Puls

Words by C. H. Spurgeon, 1890
Tune: NOTTINGHAM (7.7.7.7.)
Based on music by W. A. Mozart, 1756Ð1791

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Permission is granted to churches to make additional copies of this hymn for use in worship.