Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I Cannot Cause My Soul To Live

Songs for the Book of Luke cover art



No list of sins I have not done, 
No list of virtues I pursue, 
No list of those I am not like, 
Can earn myself a place with You. 
O God! Be merciful to me— 
I am a sinner through and through! 
My only hope of righteousness 
Is not in me, but only You. 

No humble dress, no fervent prayer, 
No lifted hands, no tearful song, 
No recitation of the truth 
Can justify a single wrong. 
My righteousness is Jesus' life, 
My debt was paid by Jesus' death, 
My weary load was borne by Him 
And he alone can give me rest. 

No separation from the world, 
No work I do, no gift I give, 
Can cleanse my conscience, cleanse my hands; 
I cannot cause my soul to live. 
But Jesus died and rose again— 
The pow'r of death is overthrown! 
My God is merciful to me 
And merciful in Christ alone. 

Ending: 
My righteousness is Jesus' life, 
My debt was paid by Jesus' death, 
My weary load was borne by Him 
And he alone can give me rest.

By Eric Schumacher & David L. Ward
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