Born at Cheshunt, Herts (UK), Samuel joined the Navy in 1755. His life style was one of profanity, caring not for the things of God. During action against the French Samuel received a very severe wound in the leg. The surgeon told him that the only way of saving his life was to amputate the leg; Samuel was greatly distressed, and remembering the godly influence of his father and grandfather, he prayed to God. Next day the surgeon, on examining the wound, declared that the improvement in his patient’s condition was nothing less than a miracle, and the leg was not amputated. On his return to England Samuel stayed with his grandfather. Whilst listening a sermon of Isaac Watts read by his grandfather, Samuel’s heart was opened and cried to God for mercy. Later he went to hear Whitefield and others, and as he said himself “soon received the comforts of the gospel, by a believing view of the fullness and sufficiency of the atonement of the Lord Jesus’.
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 Head.
He lives triumphant from the grave,
He lives eternally to save,
He lives all-glorious in the sky,
He lives exalted there on high.
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 help in time of need.
He lives to grant me rich supply,
He lives to guide me with His eye,
He lives to comfort me when 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 all blessings to impart.
He lives, my kind, wise, heavenly Friend,
He lives and loves me to the end;
He lives, and while He lives, I’ll sing;
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.
He lives and grants me daily breath;
He lives, and I shall conquer death:
He lives my mansion to prepare;
He lives to bring me safely there.
He lives, all glory to His name!
He lives, my Jesus, still the same.
Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives,
“I know that my Redeemer lives!”