I bless you that I know you!
I once lived in the world, but was ignorant of its Creator,
Was partaker of your good will, but did not know the Provider.
I was blind while enjoying such light,
was deaf to the spiritual, with voices all around me,
I understood many things, but had no knowledge of your ways,
I saw the world, but I did not see Jesus.
O happy day! When in your love's sovereignty you did look on me, and called me by grace!
Then did my dead heart begin to beat,
My darkened eye glimmer with light,
My dull ear catch the echo of your voice,
And I turned to you and I found you...
A God ready to hear and willing to save!
Before, I did find my heart at war with you, cursing my own spirit,
Then did I fall at your feet and hear the thunder of your law,
'The soul who sins must die',
But when grace made me to know you,
And to admire a God who hated sin,
Your terrible justice held my will submissive.
My thoughts were as knives cutting my mind...
But then you came to me in silken robes of love,
And I saw the Son dying that I might live!
In that death I found my all!
My soul does sing at the remembrance of that peace;
The gospel melody brought a sound unknown to me before...it reached my heart...and I lived...
Now never to lose hold on Christ or his hold on me.
Grant that I may always weep at the glory of mercy found,
and to tell others as long as I live,
That you are a sin pardoning God,
Taking up the irreverent and the ungodly, and washing them from their deepest stain of sin.
O glorious God; Father, Son and Spirit, thank you for in me giving freely your salvation! I owe all to you. Amen.