I Saw the Light (Hymn)

I Saw the Light
Hank Williams (1948)

I wandered so aimless
My life filled with sin.
I wouldn’t let my
Dear Saviour in.
Then Jesus came like
A stranger in the night
Praise the Lord -,
I saw the light.

I saw the light,
I saw the light,
No more darkness,
No more night -,
Now I’m so happy,
No sorrow in sight.
Praise the Lord,
I saw the light.

Just like a blind man
I wandered along.
Worries and fears
I claimed for my own.
Then like the blind man
That God gave back his sight
Praise the Lord –
I saw the light.


I was a fool to
Wander and stray.
Straight is the gate
And narrow the way.
Now I have traded
The wrong for the right;
Praise the Lord,
I saw the light.


Hank Williams is not exactly a good Christian role model.  He was known for his life of sin and drunkenness.  But somewhere in that mess of a wasted life, he penned the words to this song.  I don’t know that I would officially call it a “hymn,” but it is a good song.  I will say this – when a person does “see the light” and does know “the wrong from the right,” they are going to be absolutely miserable living in sin.  Maybe that explains the drugs and drinking.  A very sad story to go with a song with a good message.

“Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.  But they said, We will not walk therein.”  Jeremiah 6:16

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks Ben, for our Sunday song / hymn. I didn’t realize Hank Williams had written it. It’s almost like God was giving him what he needed . . what He wanted him to accept so much. God bless you!


  2. Thanks for the story, Ben

    I had no clue this was a Hank Williams piece. 🙂

    Sad story, yes. Glad it’s told so others can learn from the mistakes.



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