AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS


Of all the songs I have written, “At the Foot of the Cross” is the most important one of all.

During uncertain and even fearful times like these, the safest place we can be is at the foot of the cross. 

The great evangelist, Dwight L. Moody, gave this wonderful illustration in a sermon in the 1800's. Mr. Moody stated the following: 

“Away out on the frontier of our country, out on the prairies, where men sometimes go to hunt or for other purposes, the grass in the dry seasons sometimes catches fire, and you will see the flames rolling over the western desert faster than any fleet (swift) horse can run. Now what do the men do? They know it is sure death unless they can make some escape. They would try to run away perhaps if they had fleet horses. But they can't, that fire goes faster than the fleetest horse can run. 

What do they do? Why, they just take a match and they light the grass from it, and away it burns, and then they get into that burnt district. The fire comes on, and there they stand perfectly secure—nothing to fear. Why? Because the fire has burned all there is to burn. Take your stand there on Mount Calvary.” 

 

At the Foot of the Cross 

Words & Music by Lawrence Chewning & Ray Boltz 

They were watching from a distance 
And they would not take their eyes from You 
You were bleeding 
They were weeping 
Faithful sisters 
They had followed You 
They did not understand 
They could not see 
They were mourning their loss 
And the sky turned black as the earth turned red 
At the foot of the cross

 
He was standing near Your mother 
They were so close they could hear You sighing 
And all around them angry voices pierced the darkness 
And You were dying 
But they would not leave 
They lingered there 
No matter the cost 
They were staying 
They were praying 
At the foot of the cross                                                            

Keep me near the cross                                                          
Near the cross 
May I never stray so far 
That I cannot see 
What flowed down to me 
At the foot of the cross 

Now I’m standing in Your presence 
And I cannot take my eyes from You 
You have risen 
I’m forgiven 
Precious Savior 
Oh, I worship You 
I’m not looking back 
I’ve heard Your voice 
I’m staying here 
I’ve made my choice 
Oh, it’s real 
Now I kneel 
At the foot of the cross 

Keep me near the cross 
Near the cross 
May I never stray so far 
That I cannot see what flowed down to me 
At the foot of the cross 

Jesus, keep me near the cross 
Near the cross 
May I never stray so far 
That I cannot see 
What flowed down to me 
At the foot of the cross 

Copyrighted 1996 by Shepherd Music (ASCAP)

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