What love, what grace, what mercy
Shown to a wretch like me
Grace that reaches the heavens
Oh how beautiful and lovely is He.
Innocent and declared righteous I must be
To enter your heavenly land
But what an impossibility
Guilty, vile, and unclean I stand.
Perfect obedience to your law
Is what you require
My heart so cold could never
Only to sin is its desire.
But what I could not produce
You provided through Your Son,
Jesus Christ is my only hope
To His righteousness alone do I run.
Jesus Christ absorbed the wrath of God
The cup of my punishment He bore
He has also given me His righteousness
My heart sings of this grace and will forever more!
Jesus Christ became sin for me,
The retribution I deserve He took
God the Father killed Him in my place
His only begotten Son He forsook
You have covered my lawless deeds
With your beauty and righteousness alone
For the best that I could offer you is filth
And never for sin could I atone.
My choice or free will, never will I claim
For in your presence no flesh shall glory
Salvation is of the Lord, His Work alone
That shall be my never ending story.
Vile, depraved, undone
Deserving of Your fury am I
But You, O Lord, are holy and pure
So only on your mercy I rely.
In order to enter into the joy of the Lord
Like the tax collector I must be
Knowing He was unworthy shouted out
“I am a sinner, have mercy on me.”
You have said one blemish to your law
Will cause me to be cursed
Sentence has been passed, I am guilty as charged.
But thanks to your Son, I in love am immersed
As the leopard can not change his spots
Or the Ethiopian his skin
I too have no ability to reverse what’s been done
Because of my crimes and dreadful sin.
I was spiritually dead with no life in me
Like Lazarus in the tomb
But now of His doing I am in Christ
And have escaped the coming doom.
I have no righteousness to bring you
No goodness at all
Only Jesus Christ I boast of
Who obeyed perfectly your Righteous Law
Taking out my stony, God hating, sin loving heart
What power you have shown
Replacing it with a thirst
To know you and make you known.
By nature a child of wrath
With God’s judgment I deserve
But now because of Your Spirit
I desire to glorify and You alone serve.
Since I did rebel and sinned against You,
Your just anger did abide
But thanks to the Mediator between man and God
I call you Father and rest by Your loving side.
You could have left me to face my wrath
And to that I could have never complained.
Because I was brought forth in iniquity
And your holiness I have profaned.
Had you left salvation up to me,
I would never have been saved
For I would have never sought you
My evil heart, so depraved.
I made my choice against you
And my own way to embrace
I have faith only because You have given it
Imparted to me as a gift of grace.
God who is rich in mercy chose me
Though I deserved it not
And because of Christ my sins are gone
There is not one guilty spot.
In my own power and strength
I could have never chosen Your great love
This gift of salvation has only been granted
By a gracious gift from above.
This gift of love I do not deserve
As though I had any merit to claim
You are a God who justifies the ungodly
Praise, Honor and glory are due to Your name.
You did not owe it to me
To forgive my wicked ways
It was only Your free sovereign grace
At which I humbly stand amazed.
My entrance into heaven
Has nothing to do with me
It is only because of the righteousness of another –
Jesus Christ, how beautiful is He.
It’s not just hell that I have escaped
But from me, Your fierce anger has been turned
And that only by Jesus Christ the propitiation
Great joy this brought to me once I learned.
Understanding that you could have left me in my sins
And to do so You would have been just,
But knowing You have shown mercy,
To that I shall praise You, I have to. I must.
How could I not sing praises to Your Holy name?
As long as I have breath.
Knowing You have died in my place
And raised me from spiritual death.
What is the reason you show this great love?
To demonstrate Your kindness and the riches of grace
And one day because of Your mercy
I’ll behold Your loving, beautiful face.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
What love, what grace, what mercy