379. I Do Not Come Because My Soul

1 I do not come because my soul
Is free from sin and pure and whole
And worthy of Thy grace;
I do not speak to Thee because
I’ve ever justly kept Thy laws
And dare to meet Thy face.

2 I know that sin and guilt combine
To reign o’er ev'ry tho't of mine
And turn from good to ill;
I know that, when I try to be
Upright and just and true to Thee,
I am a sinner still.

3 I know that often when I strive
To keep a spark of love alive
For Thee, the pow'rs within
Leap up in unsubmissive might
And oft benumb my sense of right
And pull me back to sin.

4 I know that, though in doing good
I spend my life, I never could
Atone for all I’ve done;
But though my sins are black as night,
I dare to come before Thy sight
Because I trust Thy Son.

5 In Him alone my trust I place,
Come boldly to Thy throne of grace,
And there commune with Thee.
Salvation sure, O Lord, is mine,
And, all unworthy, I am Thine,
For Jesus died for me.


Text Information
First Line: I do not come because my soul
Title: I Do Not Come Because My Soul
Author: Frank B. St. John (1878)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1941
Topic: Faith and Justification
Tune Information
Key: f minor
Source: German melody, c. 1400

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