I was exposed to this hymn written by John Newton on the Challies blog.
Though I grew up in a tradition where hymns were theÂ dominantÂ form of congregational signing, I don’t think I had heard this one before.
Having read the words I wasÂ intriguerÂ to hear it song.
I found it on the iGrace music online hymnal (for those who want the music they have the piano and guitar music available to print).
And aÂ renditionÂ on YouTube (below).
Before watching the video, ponder the words.
Approach, My Soul, the Mercy Seat
words by John Newton
based on Ps. 32:5-7
Chorus: Approach, my soul, the mercy seat,
Where Jesus answers prayer;Â
There humbly fall before His feet,Â
For none can perish there.
1. Thy promise is my only plea,Â
With this I venture nigh;Â
Thou callest burdened souls to TheeÂ
And such, O Lord, am I.
2. Bowed down beneath a load of sin,Â
By Satan sorely pressed,Â
By wars without and fears within,
I come to Thee for rest.
3. Be Thou my shield and hiding place,Â
That, sheltered near Thy side,
I may my fierce accuser face,Â
And tell him Thou hast died!
4. O wondrous love! To bleed and die,Â
To bear the cross and shame,
That guilty sinners, such as I,Â
Might plead Thy gracious name!
Â©1998 Kevin Twit Music.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.
courtesy of Michael Lyman
5. “Poor tempest-toss-ed soul, be still;
My promised grace receive;
I’ll work in thee both power and will;
Thou shalt in me believe.”