Sovereign Mercy and Electing Love for Publican Sinners

Ephesians 2:4 KJV

Tis Not That I Did Choose Thee (Josiah Condor, 1789-1855)

1 ‘Tis not that I did choose thee,
for, Lord, that could not be;
this heart would still refuse thee,
hadst thou not chosen me.
Thou from the sin that stained me
hast cleansed and set me free;
of old thou hast ordained me,
that I should live to thee.

2 ‘Twas sov’reign mercy called me
and taught my op’ning mind;
the world had else enthralled me,
to heav’nly glories blind.
My heart owns none before thee,
for thy rich grace I thirst;
this knowing, if I love thee,
thou must have loved me first.

Lord, Like the Publican I Stand (Thomas Raffles, 1788-1863)

1. Lord, like the publican I stand,
And lift my heart to Thee;
Thy pardoning grace, O God, command,
Be merciful to me.

2. I smite upon my anxious breast,
O’erwhelmed with agony;
O save my soul by sin oppressed,
Be merciful to me.

3. My guilt, my shame, I all confess,
I have no hope nor plea
But Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
Be merciful to me.

4. Here at Thy cross I still would wait,
Nor from its shelter flee,
But Thou, O God, in mercy great,
Art merciful to me.

Thursday night at Heritage Christian School’s all-school program the 7th & 8th-grade choirs sang a medley of these two songs (only stanzas 1 and 3 of the second. The tunes are familiar, as both are found in the 1912 Psalter (the links given above will also take you to the music). Because they struck me as profoundly biblical and expressive of our convictions on God’s sovereign grace to unworthy sinners, I thought it good to post them here. May they help us prepare for worship of the God of sovereign mercy and electing love on the morrow.

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  1. Well put and timely

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