The Simple Word

3 Aug

Sin enslav’d me many years,
And led me bound and blind;
Till at length a thousand fears
Came swarming o’er my mind.
Where, said I, in deep distress,
Will these sinful pleasures end?
How shall I secure my peace,
And make the Lord my friend.

Friends and ministers said much,
The gospel to enforce;
But my blindness still was such,
I chose a legal course:
Much I fasted, watch’d, and strove,
Scarce would show my face abroad,
Fear’d almost to speak or move,
A stranger still to God.

Thus afraid to trust His grace,
Long time did I rebel;
Till despairing of my case,
Down at His feet I fell.
Then my stubborn heart he broke.
And subdued me to his sway,
By a simple word he spoke,
“Thy sins are done away.”

John Newton

Hymn LXIII: “The Heart Healed and Changed by Mercy,” The Works of the Rev. John Newton … to which are Prefixed Memoirs of His Life, Volume 2


3 Responses to “The Simple Word”

  1. Jonny. August 3, 2012 at 2:08 am #

    I remember that song from years past. Such amazing words. That and ‘Blessed Assurance’ (I still find myself singing it at random times). Jeez, that makes me sound really old. Thanks for all you daily posts.

    P.S. Didn’t think it was John Newton though!

  2. John Senior August 3, 2012 at 3:59 am #

    What a wonderful hymn. Thank you.

  3. Gratuitous Grace August 3, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    Beautiful 🙂 Thankyou so much for these, I love reading them in the morning and starting my day off with a dollop of fresh grace!

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