A very short time after being completed this hymn was used in an open-air meeting on New Year’s Evening 1866. The sweet melody attracted a young runaway house maid which stopped her in her tracks. A missionary gave a short address on the subject of the hymn, and then departed to attend a tent meeting. The young maid was drawn to follow him to and upon hearing footsteps following him the missionary turned around when the maid begged him, “Sir, do you think Jesus could save a sinner like me?” to which he replied that there was no doubt that Jesus could and would. He took her into the tent meeting and on hearing the Gospel preached that night, she was made aware of the wretchedness of her soul and repented and gave her life to Christ. Not long after her conversion she became sick unto death and the same missionary was able to visit her in hospital. After reading some Scripture to her, he read the words of the hymn which was dearest to her heart. She was captivated by the coming glory of Christ who had paid it all and went to glory a mere two hours after the missionary’s visit.
Child of weakness watch and pray,
Find in me thine all in all
Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow
Yet nothing good have I, whereby Thy grace to claim;
I’ll wash my garments white in the blood of Calvary’s Lamb
And now complete in Him, my robe His righteousness
Close sheltered ’neath His side, I am divinely blest
Lord, now indeed I find, Thy power and Thine alone
Can change the leper’s spots, and melt the heart of stone
When from my dying bed, my ransomed soul shall rise
‘Jesus paid it all’ shall rend the vaulted skies.
And when before the throne I stand in Him complete
I’ll lay my trophies down; All down art Jesus’ feet