"A Debtor to Mercy Alone"
Description:A debtor to mercy alone, of covenant mercy I sing;Nor fear, with Thy righteousness on,my person and off’ring to bring.The terrors of law and of Godwith me can have nothing to do;My Savior’s obedience and blood hide all my transgressions from view.The work which His goodness began, the arm of His strength will complete;His promise is Yea and Amen, and never was forfeited yet.Things future, nor things that are now, nor all things below or above,Can make Him His purpose forgo, or sever my soul from His love.My name from the palms of His hands eternity will not erase;Impressed on His heart it remains, in marks of indelible grace.Yes, I to the end shall endure, as sure as the earnest is giv’n;More happy, but not more secure, the glorified spirits in Heav’n.
Martin Luther - 1529
Description:A safe stronghold our God is still,A trusty shield and weapon;He’ll help us clear from all the illThat hath us now o’ertaken.The ancient prince of hellHath risen with purpose fell;Strong mail of craft and powerHe weareth in this hour;On earth is not his fellow.With force of arms we nothing can,Full soon were we down-ridden;But for us fights the proper Man,Whom God Himself hath bidden.Ask ye, who is this same?Christ Jesus is His name,The Lord Sabaoth’s Son;He, and no other one,Shall conquer in the battle.And were this world all devils o’er,And watching to devour us,We lay it not to heart so sore;Not they can overpower us.And let the prince of illLook grim as e’er he will,He harms us not a whit;For why? — his doom is writ;A word shall quickly slay him.God’s Word, for all their craft and force,One moment will not linger,But, spite of hell, shall have its course;’Tis written by His finger.And though they take our life,Goods, honor, children, wife,Yet is their profit small;These things shall vanish all:The City of God remaineth!
Charles Wesley - 1745
Description:All Glory be to God on high,And peace on earth descend;Lo! God comes down, He bows the sky,And shows Himself our Friend!God th’invisible appears,God the Blest, the Great I AM,Sojourns He in this vale of tears,And Jesus is His Name!Him the angels all adored,Their Maker and their King;Tidings of their humbled LordThey now to mortals bring;Emptied of His majesty,Of His dazzling glories shorn,Being’s Source begins to be,And God Himself is born!See th’eternal Son of GodA mortal Son of Man,Dwelling in an earthly clodWhom Heaven cannot contain!Stand amazed, ye heav’ns, at this!See the Lord of earth and skiesHumbled to the dust He is,And in a manger lies!We, the sons of men, rejoice,The Prince of Peace proclaim,With heaven's host lift up our voice,And shout Immanuel’s Name;Knees and hearts to Him we bow;Of our flesh, and of our bone,Jesus is our Brother now,And God is all our own!
Edward Perronet - 1779
Description:All hail the power of Jesus’ Name! Let angels prostrate fall;Bring forth the royal diadem, and crown Him Lord of all.Bring forth the royal diadem, and crown Him Lord of all.Crown Him, ye martyrs of your God, who from His altar call;Extol the Stem of Jesse’s Rod, and crown Him Lord of all.Extol the Stem of Jesse’s Rod, and crown Him Lord of all.Ye seed of Israel’s chosen race, ye ransomed from the fall,Hail Him Who saves you by His grace, and crown Him Lord of all.Hail Him Who saves you by His grace, and crown Him Lord of all.Sinners, whose love can ne’er forget the wormwood and the gall,Go spread your trophies at His feet, and crown Him Lord of all.Go spread your trophies at His feet, and crown Him Lord of all.Let every tribe and every tongue before Him prostrate fallAnd shout in universal song the crownèd Lord of all.And shout in universal song the crownèd Lord of all.O that, with yonder sacred throng, we at His feet may fall,Join in the everlasting song, and crown Him Lord of all,Join in the everlasting song, and crown Him Lord of all!
Johann Schutz - 1675
Description:All praise to God Who reigns aboveThe God of all creation,The God of wonders, power, and love,The God of our salvation!With healing balm my soul He fills,The God who every sorrow stills,--To God all praise and glory!I cried to Him in time of need:Lord God, oh, hear my calling!For death He gave me life indeedAnd kept my feet from falling.For this my thanks shall endless be;Oh, thank Him, thank our God, with me,--To God all praise and glory!The Lord forsaketh not His flock,His chosen generation;He is their Refuge and their Rock,Their Peace and their Salvation.As with a mother's tender handHe leads His own, His chosen band,--To God all praise and glory!Ye who confess Christ's holy name,To God give praise and glory!Ye who the Father's power proclaim,To God give praise and glory!All idols under foot be trod,The Lord is God! The Lord is God!To God all praise and glory!
Charles Spurgeon - 1866
Description:Amidst us our Belovèd stands,And bids us view His piercèd hands;Points to the wounded feet and side,Blest emblems of the Crucified.What food luxurious loads the board,When at His table sits the Lord!The wine how rich, the bread how sweet,When Jesus deigns the guests to meet!If now, with eyes defiled and dim,We see the signs, but see not Him;O may His love the scales displace,And bid us see Him face to face!Our former transports we recount,When with Him in the holy mount,These cause our souls to thirst anew,His marred but lovely face to view.Thou glorious Bridegroom of our hearts,Thy present smile a heav’n imparts!Oh lift the veil, if veil there be,Let every saint Thy beauties see!
Description:And can it be that I should gainAn interest in the Savior’s blood?Died He for me, who caused His pain—For me, who Him to death pursued?Amazing love! How can it be,That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?Amazing love! How can it be,That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?He left His Father’s throne aboveSo free, so infinite His grace—Emptied Himself of all but love,And bled for Adam’s helpless race:’Tis mercy all, immense and free,For O my God, it found out me!’Tis mercy all, immense and free,For O my God, it found out me!Long my imprisoned spirit lay,Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;Thine eye diffused a quickening ray—I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;My chains fell off, my heart was free,I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.My chains fell off, my heart was free,I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.No condemnation now I dread;Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;Alive in Him, my living Head,And clothed in righteousness divine,Bold I approach th’eternal throne,And claim the crown, through Christ my own.Bold I approach th’eternal throne,And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Duck - 1974
Description:Arise, your Light is come! The Spirit's call obey; Show forth the glory of your God, Which shines on you today! Arise, your Light is come! Fling wide the prison door; Proclaim the captives' liberty, Good tidings to the poor. Arise, your Light is come! Th’incarnate Deity Infant of Days, He here becameTo bear Immanuel’s name! Arise, your Light is come! Your grateful tribute bring The promised infant born today, Come adore the infant King! Arise, your Light is come! The Spirit's call obey; Show forth the glory of your God, Which shines on you today.
Katrina Von Schlegel - 1697
Description:Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.Leave to thy God to order and provide;In every change, He faithful will remain.Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly FriendThrough thorny ways leads to a joyful end.Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertakeTo guide the future, as He has the past.Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;All now mysterious shall be bright at last.Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still knowHis voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,And all is darkened in the vale of tears,Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repayFrom His own fullness all He takes away.Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening onWhen we shall be forever with the Lord.When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.Be still, my soul: when change and tears are pastAll safe and blessèd we shall meet at last.
Dallan Forgaill - 8th century
Description:Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.High King of Heaven, my victory won,May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all
John Fawcett - 1782
Description:“Blest be the tie that bindsOur hearts in Christian love;The fellowship of kindred mindsIs like to that above.Before our Fathers throneWe pour our ardent prayers;Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one,Our comforts and our cares.We share our mutual woesOur mutual burdens bear;And often for each other flowsThe sympathising tear.When for a while we part,This thought will sooth our pain,That we shall still be joined in heart,And hope to meet again.”
Lathbury - 1877
Description:Break Thou the bread of life, dear Lord, to me,As Thou didst break the loaves beside the sea;Beyond the sacred page I seek Thee, Lord;My spirit pants for Thee, O living Word!Bless Thou the truth, dear Lord, to me, to me,As Thou didst bless the bread by Galilee;Then shall all bondage cease, all fetters fall;And I shall find my peace, my all in all.Thou art the bread of life, O Lord, to me,Thy holy Word the truth that saveth me;Give me to eat and live with Thee above;Teach me to love Thy truth, for Thou art love.O send Thy Spirit, Lord, now unto me,That He may touch my eyes, and make me see:Show me the truth concealed within Thy Word,And in Thy Book revealed I see the Lord.
James Montgomery - 1822
Description:Call Jehovah thy salvation, rest beneath th’Almighty’s shade.In His secret habitation dwell, and never be dismayed.There no tumult shall alarm thee, thou shalt dread no hidden snare.Guile nor violence can harm thee, in eternal safeguard there.From the sword at noonday wasting, from the noisome pestilence,In the depth of midnight blasting, God shall be thy sure defense.He shall charge His angel legions watch and ward over thee to keep.Though thou walk through hostile regions, though in desert wilds thou sleep.Since, with pure and firm affection, thou on God hast set thy love,With the wings of His protection, He will shield thee from above.Thou shalt call on Him in trouble, He will hearken, He will save.Here for grief reward thee double, crown with life beyond the grave
Description:Christ is risen! Hallelujah!Risen our victorious Head!Sing His praises! Hallelujah!Christ is risen from the dead!Gratefully our hearts adore Him,As His light once more appears,Bowing down in joy before Him,Rising up from grief and tears.Christ is risen! Hallelujah!Risen our victorious Head!Sing His praises! Hallelujah!Christ is risen from the dead!Christ is risen! all the sadnessOf His earthly life is o’er,Through the open gates of gladnessHe returns to life once more;Death and hell before Him bending,He doth rise, the Victor now,Angels on His steps attending,Glory round His wounded brow.(Refrain):Christ is risen! Hallelujah!Risen our victorious Head!Sing His praises! Hallelujah!Christ is risen from the dead!Christ is risen! henceforth neverDeath or hell shall us enthrall;We are Christ’s, in Him foreverWe have triumphed over all;All the doubting and dejectionOf our trembling hearts have ceased,’Tis His day of resurrection!Let us rise and keep the feast.”(Refrain):Christ is risen! Hallelujah!Risen our victorious Head!Sing His praises! Hallelujah!Christ is risen from the dead!
Isaac Watts - 1707
Description:Come, dearest Lord, descend and dwellBy faith and love in every breast;Then shall we know, and taste, and feelThe joys that cannot be expressed.Come, fill our hearts with inward strength,Make our enlargèd souls possess,And learn the height, and breadth, and lengthOf Thine unmeasurable grace.Now to the God whose power can doMore than our thoughts or wishes know,Be everlasting honors doneBy all the Church, through Christ His Son.
Heinrich Held - 1664
Description:Come, O come, thou quick'ning Spirit,God from all eternity!May thy power never fail us;Dwell within us constantly.Then shall truth and life and lightBanish all the gloom of night.Grant our hearts in fullest measureWisdom, counsel, purity,That we ever may be seekingOnly that which pleaseth thee.Let thy knowledge spread and grow,Working error's overthrow.Show us, Lord, the path of blessing;When we trespass on our way,Cast, O Lord, our sins behind theeAnd be with us day by day.Should we stray, O Lord, recall;Work repentance when we fall.Holy Spirit, strong and mighty,Thou who makest all things new,Make thy work within us perfectAnd the evil foe subdue.Grant us weapons for the strifeAnd with vict'ry crown our life.
Robert Robertson - 1758
Description:Come thou fount of every blessingTune my heart to sing Thy graceStreams of mercy never ceasingCall for songs of loudest praiseTeach me some melodious sonnetSung by flaming tongues abovePraise the Mount I'm fixed upon itMount of Thy redeeming loveHere I raise my EbenezerHither by Thy help I comeAnd I hope by Thy good pleasureSafely to arrive at homeJesus, sought me when a strangerWandering from the fold of GodHe, to rescue me from dangerInterposed His precious bloodO' to grace, how great a debtorDaily I'm constrained to beLet Thy goodness like a fetterBind my wandering heart to TheeProne to wander, Lord, I feel itProne to leave the God I loveHere's my heart, Lord, take and seal itSeal it for Thy courts above
Johannes Olearius - 1671
Description:1. Comfort, comfort, ye My people,Speak ye peace, thus saith our God;Comfort those who sit in darkness,Mourning 'neath their sorrows' load.Speak ye to JerusalemOf the peace that waits for them;Tell her that her sins I coverAnd her warfare now is over.2. Yea, her sins our God will pardon,Blotting out each dark misdeed;All that well deserved His angerHe no more will see or heed.She hath suffered many a day,Now her griefs have passed away;God will change her pining sadnessInto ever-springing gladness.3. Hark, the Herald's voice is cryingIn the desert far and near,Bidding all men to repentanceSince the Kingdom now is here.Oh, that warning cry obey!Now prepare for God a way;Let the valleys rise to meet HimAnd the hills bow down to greet Him.4. Make ye straight what long was crooked,Make the rougher places plain;Let your hearts be true and humble,As befits His holy reign.For the glory of the LordNow o'er earth is shed abroad,And all flesh shall see the tokenThat His Word is never broken.
Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Description:Facing a task unfinishedThat drives us to our kneesA need that, undiminishedRebukes our slothful easeWe, who rejoice to know TheeRenew before Thy throneThe solemn pledge we owe TheeTo go and make Thee known.We bear the torch that flamingFell from the hands of thoseWho gave their lives proclaimingThat Jesus died and roseOurs is the same commissionThe same glad message oursFired by the same ambitionTo Thee we yield our powersO Father who sustained themO Spirit who inspiredSaviour, whose love constrained themTo toil with zeal untiredFrom cowardice defend usFrom lethargy awake!Forth on Thine errands send usTo labour for Thy sake.
John Monsell - 1868
Description:Fight the good fight with all thy might.Christ is thy strength and Christ thy right.Lay hold on life, and it shall bethy joy and crown eternally.Run the straight race through God's good grace;lift up thine eyes, and seek Christ's face.Life with its way before us lies;Christ is the path, and Christ the prize.Cast care aside; lean on thy guide.God's boundless mercy will provide.Trust, and thy trusting soul shall proveChrist is its life, and Christ its love.Faint not nor fear: God's arms are near.God changeth not, and thou art dear.Only believe, and thou shalt seethat Christ is all in all to thee.
Description:1 For a season called to part,Let us now ourselves commendTo the gracious eye and heartOf our ever present Friend.2 Jesus, hear our humble prayer,Tender Shepherd of Thy sheep,Let Thy mercy and Thy careAll our souls in safety keep.3 In Thy strength may we be strong,Sweeten every cross and pain;Give us, if we live, ere longHere to meet in peace again.
William Hammond - Approx. 1760
Description:Gracious Lord, incline Thy ear;My request permit to hear;Hear my never-ceasing cry:Give me Christ, else I die.Wealth and honor I disdain,Earthly comforts are vain;These can never satisfy;Give me Christ, else I die.Lord, I freely would confess,I am all unrighteousness.Broken at Thy feet I lie;Give me Christ, else I die.Scatter all my unbeliefPierce the pow’r of sin and griefOn Thy mercy I rely;Give me Christ, else I die.Lord whose glory fills the skiesThou the true and only LightTriumph o’er the shades of nightGive me Christ, or else I die.Lord who’s love is rich and freeAll my soul will cling to TheeRefuge sweet, and sure, and nighGive me Christ…..else I die.
Description:We give you, God, immortal praise!Pure truth and mercy are your ways;wonders of grace to you belong;we’ll tell your mercies in our song.Give to the Lord of lords renown,the King of kings wears glory’s crown;your mercies ever shall endure,when lords and kings are known no more.You built the earth, you spread the sky,and fixed the starry lights on high;wonders of grace to you belong;we’ll count your mercies in our song.You give the sun its morning light,you bid the moon direct the night;your mercies ever shall endure,when suns and moons shall shine no more.You sent your Son with power to savefrom guilt and darkness, and the grave;wonders of grace to you belong;we’ll tell your mercies in our song.Through this tired world Christ guides our feet, and leads us to your heavenly seat;your mercies ever shall endure,when this tired world shall be no more.
John Newton - 1779
Description:1 Glorious things of thee are spoken,Zion, city of our God.God, whose word cannot be broken,formed thee for his own abode.On the Rock of Ages founded,what can shake thy sure repose?With salvation's walls surrounded,thou may'st smile at all thy foes.2 See, the streams of living waters,springing from eternal love,well supply thy sons and daughtersand all fear of want remove.Who can faint while such a river ever flows their thirst to assuage?Grace, which like the Lord, the giver,never fails from age to age.3 Round each habitation hovering,see the cloud and fire appearfor a glory and a covering,showing that the Lord in near.Thus deriving from their bannerlight by night and shade by day,safe they feed upon the mannawhich God gives them when on their way.4 Savior, since of Zion's cityI through grace a member am,let the world deride or pity,I will glory in your name.Fading are the world's best pleasures,all its boasted pomp and show;solid joys and lasting treasuresnone but Zion's children know.
Description:Glory be to God the Father,Glory be to God the Son;Glory be to God the Spirit,Great Jehovah three in one,Glory, Glory, While eternal ages run. Glory be to Him that loved us,Washed us from each spot and stain;Glory be to Him who bought us,Made us kings with Him to reign;Glory, gloryTo the Lamb that once was slain. Glory to the King of angels,Glory to the church’s King,Glory to the King of nations,Heaven and earth your praises bring.Glory, gloryTo the King of Glory bring. Glory, blessing, praise eternal,Thus the choir of angels sings;Honour, riches, power, dominion,Thus its praise creation brings.Glory, gloryGlory to the King of Kings.
Jeremiah Rankin - 1880
Description:God be with you till we meet again;By His counsels guide, uphold you,With His sheep securely fold you;God be with you till we meet again.God be with you till we meet again;Neath His wings protecting hide you;Daily manna still provide you;God be with you till we meet again.God be with you till we meet again;When life’s perils thick confound you;Put His arms unfailing round you;God be with you till we meet again.God be with you till we meet again;Keep love’s banner floating o’er you,Strike death’s threatening wave before you;God be with you till we meet again.
George Briggs - 1953
Description:God has spoken by the prophets,Spoken the unchanging Word;Each from age to age proclaimingGod the One, the righteous Lord!’Mid the world’s despair and turmoilOne firm anchor holding fast:God eternal reigns forever,God the first and God the last.God has spoken by Christ Jesus,Christ, the everlasting Son,Brightness of the Father’s glory,With the Father ever one;Spoken by the Word incarnate,God of God ere time was born;Light of light, to earth descending,Christ as God in human form.God is speaking by the Spirit,Speaking to our hearts again,In the age-long word declaringGod’s own message, now as then.Through the rise and fall of nationsOne sure faith is standing fast:God abides, the Word unchanging,God the first and God the last.
Jessie Webb (Date unknown)
Description:God of the covenant, Triune Jehovah,Marvels of mercy adoring we see;Seekers of souls, in the counsels eternalBinding Thy lost ones for ever to Thee.Not now by words bringing death to transgressors,Grace unto life the new covenant brings,Jesus our Surety, our Kinsman Redeemer,Round us the robe of His righteousness flings.Blessings on blessings through age unending,Covenant fullness in glorious flood;Ours is a hope which no mortal can measure,Brought in by Jesus and sealed in His blood.God of the covenant-changeless, eternal,Father, Son, Spirit in blessing agree;Thine be the glory, our weakness confessing,Triune Jehovah, we rest upon Thee
Description:‘Grace! ‘Tis a Charming Sound’Grace! ’Tis a charming sound,Harmonious to the ear;Heav’n with the echo shall resound,And all the earth shall hear.Grace first contrived a wayTo save rebellious man,And all the steps that grace displayWhich drew the wondrous plan.Grace first inscribed my nameIn God’s eternal book;’Twas grace that gave me to the Lamb,Who all my sorrows took.Grace taught my soul to pray,And pardoning love to know;’Tis grace that keeps me to this day,And will not let me go.Free grace! Melodious sound!How it delights my ear!It cheers my soul, revives my hope,And drowns my every fear.Through grace I conquer hell,And break infernal chains;Thru grace my soul aspires to heav’n, Where the Redeemer reigns.From His abounding graceI daily draw supplies;Grace is the never-ceasing springOf all my swelling joys.And when we meet our Lord,In yon’ celestial throng,Grace shall inspire our souls to sing,And grace shall be our song!--------------------‘O’ The Power of Love Divine!’O’ the power of love divine!Who its heights and depths can tell –Tell Jehovah’s grand design,To redeem our souls from hell?Lord of all to Thee we raiseThis our Hymn of grateful praise!Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,One almighty God of love,Hymned by all the heavenly hostIn Thy shining courts above;Lord of all to Thee we raiseThis our Hymn of grateful praise!Lord of all to Thee we raiseThis our Hymn of grateful praise!
Thomas Chisolm - 1923
Description:Great is Thy faithfulness, oh God my Father;There is no shadow of turning with Thee;Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be.Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!Morning by morning new mercies I see.All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,Sun, moon, and stars in their courses aboveJoin with all nature in manifold witnessto Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!Morning by morning new mercies I see.All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!Pardon for sin and a peace that endurethThine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!Morning by morning new mercies I see.All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;Great is Thy faithfulness,Great is Thy faithfulness,Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
Sovereign Grace Ministries
Description:VERSE 1 Who is like You, Father, the Source of life and love? An overflowing fountain in Spirit and the Son Abba! Our Father, hallowed be Your name Reigning high in heaven, receive our grateful praise VERSE 2 Who is like You, Jesus, the Son most glorious? The fullness of the Godhead Who came in flesh for us Savior, Lord Jesus, hallowed be Your name Risen now in power, the Lamb for sinners slain VERSE 3 Who is like You, Spirit, our Comfort from above? You draw us to the Savior, reveal the Father’s love Spirit, O Spirit, hallowed be Your name Fount of living water, come, fill our hearts again VERSE 4God, there’s no one like You; for who can bear the sight? Clothed in glorious splendor, in holy, burning light O God, our God, Who was and is to come Father, Son, and Spirit, most holy Three-in-One Music and words by Doug Plank © 2015 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
Percy Dearmer - 1906
Description:He who would valiant be ’gainst all disaster,Let him in constancy follow the Master.There’s no discouragement shall make him once relentHis first avowed intent to be a pilgrim.Who so beset him round with dismal storiesDo but themselves confound—his strength the more is.No foes shall stay his might; though he with giants fight,He will make good his right to be a pilgrim.Since, Lord, Thou dost defend us with Thy Spirit,We know we at the end, shall life inherit.Then fancies flee away! I’ll fear not what men say,I’ll labor night and day to be a pilgrim.
Fanny Crosby - 1876
Description:Here from the world we turn, Jesus to seek; Here may his loving voice Tenderly speak! Jesus, our dearest Friend, While at thy feet we bend, O let thy smile descend! 'Tis thee we seek. Come, Holy Comforter, Presence Divine, Now in our longing hearts Graciously shine; O for thy mighty pow'r!O for a blessed show'r, Filling this hallowed hour With joy divine! Saviour, thy work revive: Here may we see Those who are dead in sin Quickened by thee; Come to our hearts’ delight Make ev'ry burden light; Cheer thou our waiting sight; We long for thee.
Horatius Bonar - 1855
Description:1. Here, O my Lord I see Thee face to face,Here would I touch and handle things unseen,Here grasp with firmer hand the eternal grace,And all my weariness upon Thee lean.2. Here would I feed upon the bread of God,Here drink with Thee the royal wine of heaven,Here would I lay aside each earthly load,Here taste afresh the calm of sin forgiv’n.3. Mine is the sin, but Thine the righteousness,Mine is the guilt, but Thine the cleansing blood,Here is my robe, my refuge and my peace-Thy blood, Thy righteousness, O Lord my God.4. This is the hour of banquet and of song;This is the heav’nly table spread for me,Here let me feast, and feasting still prolongThe brief bright hour of fellowship with Thee.
John Burton - 1803
Description:1Holy Bible, Book divine,Precious treasure, thou art mine:Mine to tell me whence I came;Mine to teach me what I am.2 Mine to chide me when I rove,Mine to show a Savior's love;Mine thou art to guide and guard;Mine to punish or reward.3 Mine to comfort in distress,Suffering in this wilderness;Mine to show by living faith,We can triumph over death.4 Mine to tell of joys to come,And the rebel sinner's doom:O thou holy book divine,Precious treasure thou art mine.
Description:How dearly God must love us,And this poor world of ours,To spread blue skies above us,And deck the earth with flowers!There's not a weed so lowly,Nor bird that cleaves the air,But tells, in accents holy,His kindness and His care.He bids the sun to warm us,And light the path we tread;At night, lest aught should harm us,He guards our welcome bed:He gives our needful clothing,And sends our daily food;His love denies us nothingHis wisdom deemeth good.The Bible, too, He sends us,That tells how Jesus came,Whose word can save and cleanse usFrom guilt and sin and shame.O may God's mercies move usTo serve Him with our powers,For O how He must love us,And this poor world of ours!
Description:“How pleased and blessed was ITo hear the people cry,Come let us seek our God today!Yes with a cheerful zealWe haste to Zion’s hill,And there our vows and honours pay.Zion thrice happy placeAdorned with wondrous grace,And walls of strength embrace the round;To thee our tribes appear,To pray, and praise, and hearThe sacred gospel’s joyful sound.There David’s greater SonHas fixed His royal throne,He sits for grace and judgment there;He bids the saints be glad,He makes the sinner sad,And humble souls rejoice with fear.May peace attend thy gate,And joy within thee wait,To bless the soul of every guest!The man that seeks thy peace,And wishes thine increase,A thousand blessings on him rest.My tongue repeats her vows,Peace to this sacred house!For there my friends and kindred dwell;And since my glorious God,Makes thee his blessed abode,My soul shall ever love thee well.”
John Mason - 1680
Description:How shall I sing that MajestyWhich angels do admire?Let dust in dust and silence lie;Sing, sing, ye heavenly choir.Thousands of thousands stand aroundThy throne, O God most high;Ten thousand times ten thousand soundThy praise; but who am I?Thy brightness unto them appears,Whilst I Thy footsteps trace;A sound of God comes to my ears,But they behold Thy face.They sing because Thou art their Sun;Lord, send a beam on me;For where heaven is but once begunThere alleluias be.Enlighten with faith’s light my heart,Inflame it with love’s fire;Then shall I sing and bear a partWith that celestial choir.I shall, I fear, be dark and cold,With all my fire and light;Yet when Thou dost accept their gold,Lord, treasure up my mite.How great a being, Lord, is Thine,Which doth all beings keep!Thy knowledge is the only lineTo sound so vast a deep.Thou art a sea without a shore,A sun without a sphere;Thy time is now and evermore,Thy place is everywhere.
Isaac Watts - 1707
Description:How sweet and awful is the placeWith Christ within the doorsWhile everlasting love displaysThe choicest of her stores.While all our hearts and all our songsJoin to admire the feastEach of us cry with thankful tongues,“Lord, why was I a guest?”“Why was I made to hear thy voiceand enter while there’s room,When thousands make a wretched choiceAnd rather starve than come?”‘Twas the same love that spread the feastthat sweetly drew us in;Else we had still refused to tasteand perished in our sinPity the nations, O our God,Constrain the earth to come;Send thy victorious Word abroadand bring the strangers home.We long to see thy churches full,that all the chosen racemay with one voice and heart and soulsing thy redeeming grace.
Augustus Toplady - 1774
Description:How vast the benefits divine Which we in Christ possess!We are redeemed from guilt and shame And called to holiness.But not for works which we have done,Or shall hereafter do,Hath God decreed on sinful men,Salvation to bestow.The glory, Lord, from first to last,Is due to Thee alone;Aught to ourselves we dare not take, Or rob Thee of Thy crown.Our glorious Surety undertookTo satisfy for man,And grace was given us in Him, Before the world began.This is Thy will, that in Thy love, We ever should abide;That earth and hell should not prevailTo turn Thy Word aside.Not one of all the chosen race But shall to Heav’n attain,Partake on earth the purposed graceAnd then with Jesus reign!
Description:1. How vast the benefits divine,Which we in Christ possess!We're saved from guilt and ev'ry sin,And called to holiness.‘Tis not for works which we have done,Or shall here-after do;But He, of His electing love,Salvation doth bestow.2.The glory, Lord, from first to last,Is due to Thee alone;Aught to ourselves we dare not take,Or rob Thee of Thy crown.Our glorious Surety undertookRedemption's wondrous plan;And grace was given us in Him,Before the world began.3. Safe in the arms of sov'reign loveWe ever shall remain;Nor shall the rage of earth or hellMake Thy dear councils vain.Not one of all the chosen raceBut shall to heav'n attain,Partake on earth the purposed grace,And then with Jesus reign.
Description:I have not seen Thy face, O Lord, Yet with my heart I love Thee; For Thou hast plucked each tender cord With pleasing touch of mercy. O Saviour, Lord, my King and Friend, I worship Thee with gladness; And by Thy grace I will defend The Name that brought me kindness. I have not known Thee here on earth, Yet with my soul I trust Thee; For Thou hast stirred my thought to birth Of God and heaven and glory. O precious Saviour, hear my praise With songs of joy and wonder; For Thou hast taught my lips to raise A theme of words so tender. Now I have seen Thy glorious face, With eyes of faith unveiling The splendour of the theme of grace, All to my mind revealing. Such bliss and happiness is mine To know the God of glory; For who could call the Lord divine But for Thy grace and mercy?
Sovereign Grace Music
Description:I once was lost in darkest night,Yet thought I knew the way;The sin that promised joy and life,Had led me to the grave.I had no hope that You would own,A rebel to Your will;And if You had not loved me first.I would refuse You stillBut as I ran my hell-bound race,Indifferent to the cost;You looked upon my helpless state,And led me to the cross;And I beheld God’s love displayed,You suffered in my place;You bore the wrath reserved for me,Now all I know is grace.Now, Lord, I would be Yours alone;And live so all might see,The strength to follow Your commands,Could never come from me.O’ Father, use my ransomed life,In any way You choose;And let my song forever be,My only boast is You!
Isaac Watts - 1719
Description:I sing the mighty power of God, That made the mountains rise,That spread the flowing seas abroad, And built the lofty skies.I sing the wisdom that ordained The sun to rule the day;The moon shines full at God’s command, And all the stars obey.I sing the goodness of the Lord, Who filled the earth with food,Who formed the creatures through the Word, And then pronounced them good.Lord, how Thy wonders are displayed, Where’er I turn my eye,If I survey the ground I tread, Or gaze upon the sky.There’s not a plant or flow’r below, But makes Thy glories known,And clouds arise, and tempests blow, By order from Thy throne;While all that borrows life from Thee Is ever in Thy care;And everywhere that we can be, Thou, God art present there!
William Gadsby - 1814
Description:Immortal honors rest on Jesus’ head;My God, my portion, and my Living Bread;In Him I live, upon Him cast my care;He saves from death, destruction, and despair.He is my Refuge in each deep distress;The Lord my strength and glorious righteousness;Through floods and flames He leads me safely on,And daily makes His sovereign goodness known.My every need He richly will supply;Nor will His mercy ever let me die;In Him there dwells a treasure all divine,And matchless grace has made that treasure mine.O that my soul could love and praise Him more,His beauties trace, His majesty adore;Live near His heart, upon His bosom lean;Obey His voice, and all His will esteem.
Walter Smith - 1876
Description:Immortal, invisible, God only wise,In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,Most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,Almighty, victorious, Thy great Name we praise!Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring aboveThy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love!To all, life Thou givest, to both great and small;In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,And wither and perish—but naught changeth The!.Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;All laud we would render; O help us to see’Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee!
Augustus Toplady - 1775
Description:Immovable our hope remains,Within the veil our anchor lies;Jesus, who washed us from our stains,Shall bear us safely to the skies.Strong in His strength, we boldly say:“For us, IMMANUEL shed His blood;Who then shall tear our shield away,Or part us from the love of God?Or part us from the love of God?”Can tribulation or distress,Or persecution’s fiery sword?Can Satan rob us of our peace,Or prove too mighty for the LORD?Founded on CHRIST, secure we stand,Sealed with His Spirit’s inward seal;We soon shall gain the Promised Land,Triumphant o’er the pow’rs of Hell.Triumphant o’er the pow’rs of Hell.The winds may roar, the floods may beat;And rain, impetuous, descend;Yet He will not His own forget,But love and save them to the end.Our God acquits, and who condemns?Cease, Satan, from thy fruitless strife:Thy malice cannot reach our namesTo blot them from the Book of Life.To blot us from the Book of Life.This is eternal life to knowGod and the Lamb for sinners giv’n:Ne’er will our Savior let us go --His ransomed candidates for heav’n.To Him who washed us in His blood,And lifts apostate man to heav’n,And reconciles His sheep to God,Be everlasting glory giv’n!Be everlasting glory giv’n!
Thomas Kelly - 1815
Description:In Thy Name, O Lord, assembling,We, Thy people, now draw near;Teach us to rejoice with trembling,Speak, and let Thy servants hear—Hear with meekness,Hear Thy Word with godly fear.While our days on earth are lengthened,May we give them, Lord, to Thee;Cheered by hope, and daily strengthened,May we run, nor weary be,Till Thy gloryWithout clouds in Heav’n we see.There in worship purer, sweeter,Thee Thy people shall adore;Tasting of enjoyment greaterFar than thought conceived before—Full enjoyment,Full, unmixed, and evermore.
Christian Gellert - 1757
Description:Jesus lives, and so shall I.Death! thy sting is gone forever!He who deigned for me to die,Lives, the bands of death to sever.He shall raise me from the dust:Jesus is my Hope and Trust.Jesus lives, and reigns supreme,And, his kingdom still remaining,I shall also be with him,Ever living, ever reigning.God has promised: be it must:Jesus is my Hope and Trust.Jesus lives, I know full wellNought from him my heart can sever,Life nor death nor powers of hell,Joy nor grief, hence forth forever.None of all his saints is lost;Jesus is my Hope and Trust.Jesus lives, and death is nowBut my entrance into glory.Courage, then, my soul, for thouHast a crown of life before thee;Thou shalt find thy hopes were just;Jesus is the Christian's Trust.
Isaac Watts - 1719
Description:Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, And heav’n and nature sing, And heav’n and nature sing, And heav’n, and heav’n and nature sing. Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns! Let men their songs employ; While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat, repeat the sounding joy. He rules the world with truth and grace,And makes the nations prove; The glories of His righteousness, And wonders of His love, And wonders of His love, And wonders, wonders of His love.