611. Chief of Sinners Though I Be

1 Chief of sinners though I be,
Jesus shed His blood for me;
Died that I might live on high,
Lived that I might never die.
As the branch is to the vine,
I am His and He is mine.

2 Oh, the height of Jesus' love,
Higher than the heav'ns above,
Deeper than the depths of sea,
Lasting as eternity!
Love that found me--wondrous thought!
Found me when I sought Him not.

3 Only Jesus can impart
Balm to heal the wounded heart,
Peace that flows from sin forgiv'n,
Joy that lifts the soul to heav'n;
Faith and hope to walk with God
In the way that Enoch trod.

4 Chief of sinners though I be,
Christ is all in all to me;
All my wants to Him are known,
All my sorrows are His own.
He sustains the hidden life
Safe with Him from earthly strife.

5 O my Savior, help afford
By Your Spirit and Your Word!
When my wayward heart would stray,
Keep me in the narrow way;
Grace in time of need supply
While I live and when I die.

Text Information
First Line: Chief of sinners though I be
Title: Chief of Sinners Though I Be
Author: William McComb, 1793-1873
Publication Date: 2006
Meter: 77 77 77
Scripture: Romans 5:8-11; 1 John 4:10; Hebrews 4:15-16; Ephesians 3:17-18
Topic: Confession and Absolution
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: GETHSEMANE
Composer: Richard Redhead, 1820-1901
Meter: 77 77 77
Key: E♭ Major
Source: The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941 (Setting)



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