Approach, My Soul, the Mercy Seat
Part of my normal devotional time includes reading, singing, and/or meditating on hymn texts that I have not read before. This morning, I came across a text by John Newton, famed 18th century author of "Amazing Grace," but who also wrote a tremendous amount of other enriching hymn texts. The following is a text about prayer that I commend for your meditation today.
Approach, my soul, the mercy seat,
Where Jesus answers pray'r;
There humbly fall before His feet,
For none can perish there.
Thy promise is my only plea,
With this I venture nigh;
Thou callest burdened souls to Thee,
And such, O Lord, am I.
Bowed down beneath a load of sin,
By Satan sorely pressed,
By wars without, and fears within,
I come to Thee for rest.
Be Thou my shield and hiding place,
That, sheltered near thy side,
I may my fierce accuser face,
And tell him, "Thou hast died."
O wondrous love, to bleed and die,
To bear the cross and shame,
That guilty sinners such as I,
Might plead Thy gracious name.
"Poor tempest-tossed soul, be still,
My promised grace receive;"
'Tis Jesus speaks; I must, I will,
I can, I do believe.