Scripture Verse

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence. Hebrews 4:16

Introduction

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John Newton
1725–1807

Words: John New­ton, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­iv­er, 1779), Book 1, num­ber 33.

Music: St. Tho­mas (Will­iams) Aar­on Will­iams, The New Uni­vers­al Psal­mo­dist 1770 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Will­iams (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Lyrics

Behold the throne of grace!
The pro­mise calls us near;
There Je­sus shows a smil­ing face
And waits to an­swer pray­er.

That rich aton­ing blood,
Which sprin­kled round I see;
Provides for those who come to God,
An all pre­vail­ing plea.

My soul ask what thou wilt,
Thou canst not be too bold;
Since His own blood for thee He spilt,
What else can He with­hold?

Beyond thy ut­most wants
His love and pow­er can bless;
To pray­ing souls He al­ways grants,
More than they can ex­press.

Since ’tis the Lord’s com­mand,
My mouth I op­en wide;
Lord op­en Thou Thy boun­teous hand,
That I may be sup­plied.

Thine im­age, Lord, be­stow,
Thy pre­sence and Thy love;
I ask to serve Thee here be­low,
And reign with Thee above.

Teach me to live by faith,
Conform my will to Thine;
Let me vic­to­ri­ous be in death,
And then in glo­ry shine.

If Thou these bless­ings give,
And wilt my por­tion be;
Cheerful the world’s poor toys I leave,
To them who know not Thee.