After a really sweet experience with Reed and this song, and after having had two recent chances to sing it and closely examine the lyrics, I Know That My Redeemer Lives is safely my favorite hymn.
It fixes me.
It reaches into my soul and heals all the little broken parts, and I feel peace start from the top of my head to the bottom of my toes.
How couldn't I feel that way, with lyrics like this?
I know that my redeemer lives
What comfort this sweet sentence gives
He lives! He lives who once was dead
He lives! my ever-living friend
He lives! To bless me with his love
He lives! To plead for me above
He lives! My hungry soul to feed
He lives! To bless in time of need
He lives! To grant me
He lives! To guide me with his light
He lives! To comfort me went faint
He lives! To hear my soul's complaint
He lives! To silence all my fears
He lives! To wipe away my tears
He lives! To calm my troubled heart
He lives! With blessings to impart
He lives to calm my troubled heart--that is His purpose, all those things listed in every verse.
He literally lives for us.