Approach My Soul, the Mercy Seat


Approach, my soul, the mercy seat,
Where Jesus answers prayer;
There humbly fall before His feet,
For none can perish there.
Thy promise is my only plea,
With this I venture nigh;
Thou callest burdened souls to Thee,
And such, O Lord, am I.

Bowed down beneath a load of sin,
By Satan sorely pressed,
By war without and fears within,
I come to Thee for rest.
Be Thou my Shield and hiding Place,
That, sheltered by Thy side,
I may my fierce accuser face,
And tell him Thou hast died!

O, wondrous love! to bleed and die,
To bear the cross and shame,
That guilty sinners, such as I,
Might plead Thy gracious Name.
“Poor tempest-tossèd soul, be still;
My promised grace receive”
’Tis Jesus speaks—I must, I will,
I can, I do believe.

’Tis Jesus speaks—I must, I will,
I can, I do believe.

Words by John Newton, Music by Gary Brumley.
© 2016 New Moniker Music. CCLI Song Number: 7064716



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Best known for the hymn Amazing Grace, the English hymn-writer John Newton penned also the lyrics for Approach My Soul, the Mercy Seat. In this hymn, Newton describes himself, a guilty sinner, approaching Jesus in prayer. Moving from the minor key to the relative major on each verse gives this arrangement a sense of musical tension and release—painting the lyrics as they depict the mercy and forgiveness that trembling sinners may find at God’s throne of grace.

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

(Hebrews 4:16 ESV)

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