Christ My Song - 920
Lord, what am I? I once for answer sought - As he is, so are we (James George Deck/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
As he is, so are we.
"As he is, so are we in this world." (1 John 4,17)
1. Lord, what am I? I once for answer sought
back to my birth of Adam's guilty race;
defiled by nature, every word and thought
and deed of mine but told of my disgrace.
Far better had I been a thing of nought,
than fill in this dark world the highest place. PDF - Midi
2. Now what am I? I turn my eyes away
from all the loathsomeness I feel within;
upon thy head my hands bay faith I lay,
the spotless Victim that hath born my sin:
oh, wondrous grace, that did the guiltless slay,
that the poor sinner might through thee be clean!
3. Lord, what am I? A sinner justified, –
the ransom of my soul thy precious blood;
a vessel to thy Father sanctified;
a king – a priest – a son – an heir of God!
In thee accepted, loved, and glorified –
I stagger at the thought: . . . it seems too good!
4. Lord, what am I? I look within the veil;
I am i n thee – " a s t h o u a r t , s o a m I " –
loved with a love that cannot tire or fail,
fruit of thy travail and soul's agony:
against thy counsels what can e'er prevail?
My rest, my home, are with thee in the sky.
James George Deck, Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1906, 85.