A Psalm Of Grace -- By: Anonymous
JOTGES 3:2 (Autumn 90) p. 93
A Psalm Of Grace
1 God be merciful to me
On Thy grace I rest my plea;
Plenteous in compassion Thou,
Blot out my transgressions now;
Wash me, make me pure within,
Cleanse, O cleanse me from my sin.
2 My transgressions I confess,
Grief and guilt my soul oppress;
I have sinned against Thy grace
And provoked Thee to Thy face; I confess
Thy judgment just, Speechless,
I Thy mercy trust.
3 I am evil, born in sin;
Thou desirest truth within.
Thou alone my Saviour art,
Teach Thy wisdom to my heart;
Make me pure, Thy grace bestow
Wash me whiter than the snow.
4 Broken, humbled to the dust
By Thy wrath and judgment just,
Let my contrite heart rejoice
And in gladness hear Thy voice;
From my sins O hide Thy face,
Blot them out in boundless grace.2
Psalter, Tune: Ajalon
JOTGES 3:2 (Autumn 90) p. 94
In the first four issues of our journal we presented four “Hymns of Grace.” But the Holy Spirit, speaking through the Apostle Paul, wants us to be built up in the faith in hymns (hymn oi)-compositions addressed directly to God, spiritual songs (ōdai pneumatikai)—songs about our spiritual walk with God and our problems, and psalms (psalmoi). (See Eph 5:19 and Col 3:16.) The last category is generally believed to refer to the same psalms that we have in our OT, which were sung by the early Christians.’
There was a time when psalms were sung nearly exclusively in Protestant churches. Isaac Watts’s first compositions were largely paraphrases of the Psalms, and only later do we find completely fresh hymns not based on the Psalter. (There were, however, many hymns used from the earlier days of Christianity, and the NT itself probably contains fragments of these compositions (such as Phil 2:5ff).
So popular was the Psalter during the great period of Huguenot history that when a Roman Catholic was converted to the Reformation, he or she was said to “have gone to singing psalms.” In the shops, fields, and everywhere, the air was filled with the psalms-in French, Dutch, and English.
Today the opposite is true. The psalms have been crowded out by hymns, hymns by spiritual songs, and in many circles, the latter have been replaced by choruses, many of them devoid of doctrine or the beauty o...
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