Scripture Verse

A new heart…will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26

Introduction

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Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Hymns and Sac­red Po­ems (HSP) (Bris­tol, Eng­land: Fe­lix Far­ley, 1742), pag­es 261–64, alt. Note: There is a dif­fer­ent hymn by Wes­ley, with the same first line, in the 1749 edi­tion of HSP.

Music: Vom Him­mel hoch from Geist­liche Lied­er, by Val­en­tin Schu­mann (Leip­zig, Ger­ma­ny: 1539). Har­mo­ny by Jo­hann S. Bach (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Johann S. Bach (1685–1750)

Lyrics

God of all power, and truth, and grace,
Which shall from age to age endure,
Whose word, when Hea­ven and earth shall pass.
Remains, and stands for ever sure.

Calmly to Thee my soul looks up,
And waits Thy promises to prove,
The object of my steadfast hope,
The seal of Thine eter­nal love.

That I Thy mercy may pro­claim,
That all mankind Thy truth may see:
So hallow Thy great, glo­ri­ous name,
And perfect holiness in me.

Chose from the world if now I stand
Adorned in right­eous­ness divine;
If brought unto the promised land,
I justly call the Sav­ior mine.

Perform the work Thou hast begun
My inmost soul to Thee, convert;
Love me, for ever love Thine own,
And sprinkle with Thy blood my heart.

Thy sanctifying Spi­rit pour
To quench my thirst, and wash me clean:
Now, Fa­ther, let the gracious shower
Descend, and make me pure from sin.

Purge me from every sinful blot,
My idols all be cast aside,
Cleanse me from every evil thought,
From all the filth of self and pride.

Give me a new, a perfect heart,
From doubt, and fear, and sorrow free,
The mind which was in Christ impart,
And let my spirit cleave to Thee.

O take this heart of stone away!
Thy sway it doth not, cannot own;
In me no longer let it stay;
O take away this heart of stone.

The hatred of the carnal mind
Out of my flesh at once remove;
Give me a tender heart, resigned
And pure, and full of faith and love.

Within me Thy good Spi­rit place,
Spirit of health, and love, and power;
Plant in me Thy vic­to­ri­ous grace,
And sin shall ne­ver enter more.

Cause me to walk in Christ my way;
And I Thy statutes shall fulfill,
In every point Thy law obey,
And perfectly perform Thy will.

Hast Thou not said, who cannot lie,
That I Thy law shall keep and do?
Lord, I believe; though men deny:
They are all false, but Thou art true.

O that I now, from sin released,
Thy Word may to the utmost prove!
Enter into the promised rest,
The Canaan of Thy perfect love.

There let me ever, ever dwell,
Be Thou my God, and I will be
Thy servant; O set to Thy seal,
Give me eter­nal life in Thee.

From all remaining filth within,
Let me in Thee sal­va­tion have,
From actual, and from inbred sin,
My ransomed soul persist to save.

Wash out my deep original stain,
Tell me no more, it cannot be,
Demons, or men! The Lamb was slain,
His blood was all poured out for me.

Sprinkle it, Je­su, on my heart!
One drop of Thy all cleansing blood
Shall make my sinfulness depart,
And fill me with the life of God.

Father, supply my every need;
Sustain the life Thy­self has giv’n:
Call for the ne­ver failing Bread,
The Manna that comes down from Heav’n.

The gracious fruits of right­eous­ness,
Thy blessings’ unexhausted store
In me abundantly increase
Nor let me ever hunger more.

Let me no more in deep complaint
My leanness, O my leanness, cry,
Alone consumed with pining want
Of all my Fa­ther’s children I!

The painful thirst, the fond desire,
Thy joyous presence shall remove,
While my full soul doth still require
Thy whole eternity of love.

Holy, and true, and righteous Lord,
I wait to prove Thy perfect will,
Be mindful of Thy gracious word,
And stamp me with Thy Spi­rit’s seal.

Thy faithful mercies let me find,
In which Thou causest me to trust;
Give me the meek and lowly mind,
And lay my spirit in the dust.

Show me how foul my heart hath been,
When all renewed by grace I am,
When Thou hast emptied me of sin,
Show me the fullness of my shame.

Open my faith’s interior eye:
Display Thy glo­ry from above,
And all I am shall sink, and die,
Lost in astonishment and love.

Confound, o’erpower me with Thy grace!
I would be by myself abhorred;
All might, all majesty, all praise,
All glo­ry be to Christ my Lord!

Now let me gain perfection’s height;
Now let me into nothing fall!
Be less than nothing in Thy sight,
And feel that Christ is all in all.