Out of the depths to Thee I raise… the voice of lamentation; Lord, turn a gracious ear to me, and hear my supplication. If thou should count our every sin, each evil deed or thought within, O who could stand before thee?
From a hymn by Martin Luther
O God, tonight I seek for You
out of a heart full of guilt
and a mind full of bewilderment and frustration.
You have heard me before
and responded with grace and mercy.
Now I seek you again.
I know I am guilty, O God;
but if You kept account of man’s failings and fallings,
no one could ever face You again.
I reach for You because You look with loving mercy
upon my wretched soul. You will accept me
and forgive me and reinstate me in Your purpose.
Thus I plead with you to focus your faith on God.
You will find love there—and salvation.
And He will cleanse you of your sin and restore you to His loving heart.
Just as I am, though tossed about with many a conflict, many a doubt,
Just as I am, thou wilt receive, wilt welcome pardon, and relieve;
O Lamb of God, I come, I come. (Presbyterian Hymnal #370, V. 2, Charlotte Elliott)