Behold I Fall Before Thy Face...

One more gift to readers from the choir of Clearnote Church, Bloomington, and Phillip Moyer, one of our Sons of Asaph. This is Isaac Watts's "Behold I Fall Before Thy Face," set to Balloon.

Here are the words of Watts's hymn. (The choir sings only stanzas 4 and 5.)

1. Lord, I am vile, conceived in sin;
And born unholy and unclean;
Sprung from the man whose guilty fall
Corrupts the race, and taints us all. 

2. Soon as we draw our infant breath,
The seeds of sin grow up for death;
Thy law demands a perfect heart,
But we're defiled in every part. 

3. Great God, create my heart anew,
And form my spirit pure and true;
O make me wise betimes to spy
My danger and my remedy. 

4. Behold, I fall before thy face;
My only refuge is thy grace:
No outward forms can make me clean
The leprosy lies deep within. 

5. No bleeding bird, nor bleeding beast,
Nor hyssop branch, nor sprinkling priest,
Nor running brook, nor flood, nor sea,
Can wash the dismal stain away. 

6. Jesus, my God, thy blood alone
Hath power sufficient to atone;
Thy blood can make me white as snow
No Jewish types could cleanse me so. 

7. While guilt disturbs and breaks my peace,
Nor flesh nor soul hath rest or ease;
Lord, let me hear thy pard'ning voice,
And make my broken bones rejoice.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and fifteen grandchildren.

Comments

FYI. This text is from the 2nd part of Isaac Watts's setting of Psalm 51.

Sung in connection with that Sunday's Scripture Lesson, Hebrews 9.

Thank you Phil, and choir!

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