I'm using Tim and Kathy Keller's daily devotional that goes through the Psalms in a year, The Songs of JESUS. In today's prayer they quote a stanza from a hymn I had never heard of, Approach, My Soul, The Mercy Seat written by John Newton.
Here's the full hymn. The Keller's quoted verse five as a response to the prophetic Psalm 5 which depicts the agony of our Lord on the cross.
1 Approach, my soul, the mercy-seat,
Where Jesus answers prayer;
There humbly fall before his feet,
For none can perish there.
2 Thy promise is my only plea,
With this I venture nigh;
Thou callest burdened souls to thee,
And such, O Lord, am I.
3 Bowed down beneath a load of sin,
By Satan sorely pressed,
By wars without, and fears within,
I come to thee for rest.
4 Be thou my shield and hiding place!
That, sheltered near thy side,
I may my fierce accuser face,
And tell him, "thou hast died."
5 O wondrous love! to bleed and die,
To bear the cross and shame;
That guilty sinners such as I,
Might plead thy gracious name.
6 "Poor tempest-tossed soul be still,
My promised grace receive;"
'Tis Jesus speaks, I must, I will,
I can, I do believe.
Thanks to Hymnary.org for these lyrics. They supply a tune to go with it (Ballerma, by François Hippolyte Barthélémon - 1741-1808) in the form of sheet music, but the poem itself is in common meter, so many familiar hymn tunes will work including New Britain, the traditional tune for John Newtons famous hymn, Amazing Grace.
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