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Thy Mercy, Lord, Is What I Need
- Thy mercy, Lord, is what I need
to save my sinful soul.
My earnest plea I pray thee heed,
and make my spirit whole.
Lord, turn away thy righteous wrath,
please spare my soul’s deserved death:
be merciful to me.
- Thy peace, for which my conscience longs,
gives respite from my woes:
thy peace to quiet former wrongs
and silence sland’rous foes.
Lord, calm from thee would soon displace
my guilty fears, so please now place
this peace within my soul.
- Thy grace is what I truly yearn
to change my ways within.
For grace alone can make me turn
to thee and far from sin.
Thy grace is all-sufficient, yes,
my heart to change, my soul to bless:
Lord give this grace to me.
- Thy love shall surely watch me now,
and guard my heart and mind.
For all-compassionate art thou,
benevolent and kind.
Lord, what repayment can I give?
There’s nothing, save this life I live,
so let me live for thee.
© Jonathan Landry Cruse, 2014