O Teach Me What It Meaneth
Hymns and Songs

Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs: “O Teach Me What It Meaneth”

O Teach Me What It MeanethIn Ephesians 5:15-21, we are given directions on how to properly live as Christians. One of these is to sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.

Each Monday, I share a song from history or present day that present a high view of God, praise Him, and teaches solid doctrine.

O Teach Me What It Meaneth

by Lucy Ann Bennett (1850-1927)

O teach me what it meaneth:
That Cross uplifted high,
With One, the Man of Sorrows,
Condemned to bleed and die.
O teach me what it cost Thee
To make a sinner whole;
And teach me, Savior, teach me
The value of a soul.

O Teach Me What It MeanethO teach me what it meaneth:
That sacred crimson tide,
The blood and water flowing
From Thine own wounded side.
Teach me that if none other
Had sinned, but I alone,
Yet still, Thy blood, O Jesus,
Thine only must atone.

O teach me what it meaneth:
Thy love beyond compare,
The love that reacheth deeper
Than depths of self-despair!
Yea, teach me, till there gloweth
In this cold heart of mine
Some feeble, pale reflection
Of that pure love of Thine.

O teach me what it meaneth,
For I am full of sin;
And grace alone can reach me,
And love alone can win.
O teach me, for I need Thee,
I have no hope beside.
The chief of all the sinners
For whom the Savior died.

O teach me what it meaneth,
The rest which Thou dost give
To all the heavy-laden
Who look to Thee and live.
Because I am a rebel
Thy pardon I receive:
Because Thou dost command me,
I can, I do believe.

O infinite Redeemer,
I bring no other plea,
Because Thou dost invite me
I cast myself on Thee.
Because Thou dost accept me
I love and I adore;
Because Thy love constraineth
I’ll praise Thee evermore.



If you enjoyed this post, you may also be interested in my other posts of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs.

O Teach Me What It Meaneth



  • What beautiful song. I’ve never heard of it before. Thank-you for sharing it. It’s a great reminder that we are continually being taught by Him through His life, death and resurrection. What a great Savior we have.

  • I haven’t heard this song before, but what a beautiful prayer it is. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from #porchstories today.

  • Gretchen

    Loved the chance to listen to the song! Thanks you:)

  • I’d never heard of this song, the lyrics are fantastic. Thanks!!

  • Bev @ Walking Well With God

    I grew up in a very traditional Presbyterian church, but for the last 20 years have gone to more contemporary churches. But, still there is something moving about the old hymns – something about people of faith pouring out their hearts before God even before the time of David and the Psalms.

  • Jann Olson

    I loved hearing it sung! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  • Sue Loncaric

    Thank you for sharing your favourite hymns with us at #OvertheMoon Link Party. I’ve pinned and shared. Have a lovely day

  • I’ve never heard this one before! Just started hymn study with my kids this week and we are loving it! Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!