God Be Merciful to Me

Congregational singing
Metropolitan Tabernacle, London
God be merciful to me,
On Thy grace I rest my plea;
Plenteous in compassion Thou,
Blot out my transgression now;
Wash me, make me pure within;
Cleanse, O cleanse me from my sin.
My transgressions I confess,
Grief and guilt my soul oppress;
I have sinned against Thy grace,
Long provoked Thee to Thy face;
I confess my judgement just,
Only in Thy mercy trust.
I am evil, born in sin,
Thou desirest truth within;
Thou alone my Saviour art,
Teach, restore and take my heart;
Make me pure, Thy grace bestow,
Wash me whiter than the snow.
Broken, humbled to the dust
By Thy wrath and judgement just,
Make this contrite heart rejoice,
And in gladness hear Thy voice;
From my sins, O hide Thy face,
Blot them out in boundless grace.
(Psalm 51)