In Hopelessness & Near Despair

In hopelessness and near despair

Author: Jaroslav J. Vajda
Tune: NEWHOPE
Published in 1 hymnal

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1 In hopelessness and near despair, I cry to you, my Savior!
My guilt is more than I can bear. I have not earned your favor.
You know me as I really am: How much is truth, how much is sham;
Why should you heed my pleading?

2 I see my heart’s condition now, My heart’s diverse affections.
Why do I love the things you loathe; I’m torn in two directions:
Now prodigal, now Pharisee. O God, be merciful to me;
Who else but you can help me?

3 I tremble as I feel your hand, Expecting retribution,
Yet hear no curse or reprimand, But grace and absolution:
With you there is forgiveness, Lord, You speak the sweet, consoling Word,
And I am sure you love me!

4 Forgiven, free of guilt and shame, Grant me some time to render
A gift to glorify your name, Love to reflect your splendor:
This world must know what I have learned, That you bestow what none has earned: The joy of full forgiveness!

Author: Jaroslav J. Vajda

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Text Information

First Line: In hopelessness and near despair
Title: In Hopelessness & Near Despair
Author: Jaroslav J. Vajda
Meter: 8.7.8.7.8.8.7
Copyright: © 1987 Concordia Publishing House.



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