Our greatest need was indeed answered by the Father’s love, and that’s why we sing this song. As somber as it is regarding our part in Jesus’ crucifixion, it brings us to express and encourage the response Jesus’s sacrifice deserves: pure and utter joy that “His wounds have paid [our] ransom.”
The times we feel God is distant are, He says, momentary, but His grace is everlasting as a rock, unchanging even in the strongest of winds.
“Gracious Redeemer” captures the mysteries and complexities of the gospel, and yet it is simple enough for us to sing in corporate worship. We don’t have to be trained theologians to sing it, but we become profound theologians when we do.