Thursday, April 09, 2009

By Grace Alone

Out of the depths I cry to You,
Lord, hear my voice of pleading;
Bend down your gracious ear, I pray,
Your humble servant heeding.
If you remember each misdeed,
And of each thought and word take heed,
Who can remain before You:

Only by grace, by grace alone!!

Your pardon is a gift of love,
Your grace alone must save us.
Our works will not remove our guilt;
The strictest life would fail us.
Let none in their own merits boast,
But let us own the Holy Ghost
For He alone can change us:

Only by grace, by grace alone!!

Though great our sin and sore our woes
His grace much more aboundeth:
His helping love no limit knows;
Our utmost need it soundeth.
Our kind and faithful Shepherd He,
Who will set all His people free
From all their sin and sorrow:

Only by grace, by grace alone!!

Martin Luther

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