I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat.@Exodus 25:22
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John Newton (1725-1807)

An altered version of Approach, My Soul, the Mercy Seat, by John Newton, Olney Hymns (London: W. Oliver, 1779).

Burford Chetham’s Psalmody, 1718 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Lord, I approach, Thy mercy seat,
Where Thou dost answer prayer;
There humbly fall before Thy 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, my hiding place,
That, sheltered near Thy side,
I may my fierce accuser face,
And tell him Thou hast died.