Christ My Song - 185
Saved by blood, I live to tell - Hear what he has done for my soul
(John Newton/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
Hear what he has done for my soul.
1. Saved by blood, I live to tell
what the love of Christ hath done;
he redeemed my soul from hell,
of a rebel made a son:
oh I tremble still, to think
how secure I lived in sin;
sporting on destruction's brink,
yet preserved from falling in.
2. In his own appointed hour,
to my heart the Saviour spoke;
touched me by his Spirit's power,
and my dangerous slumber broke;
then I saw and owned my guilt,
soon my gracious Lord replied,
"Fear not, I my blood have spilt –
'twas for such as thee I died."
3. Shame and wonder, joy and love,
all at once possessed my heart;
can I hope thy grace to prove
after acting such a part?
"Thou hast greatly sinned," he said,
"but I freely all forgive;
I myself thy debt have paid,
now I bid thee rise and live."
4. Come, my fellow-sinners, try,
Jesus' heart is full of love!
O that you, as well as I,
may his wondrous mercy prove:
he has sent me to declare
all is ready, all is free:
why should any soul despair,
when he saved a wretch like me?
John Newton, Olney Hymns III, Hymn 54.