“From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee”

Last Sunday, our offertory hymn was a hymn written by Martin Luther back in 1525. One thing I have always appreciated about Luther was how clearly he could see his sin, and in the midst of that darkness of sin, how clearly he could see the light of the Gospel of Christ. Below you will find the lyrics of Luther’s hymn and I would encourage you to focus especially on the last verse because, “though great our sins and sore our woes, His grace much more aboundeth.”

 “From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee”

 From depths of woe I cry to Thee,

Lord, hear me, I implore Thee.

Bend down Thy gracious ear to me,

My prayer let come before Thee.

If Thou rememberest each misdeed,

If each should have its rightful meed,

Who may abide Thy presence?

 

Thy love and grace alone avail

To blot out my transgression;

The best and holiest deeds must fail

To break sin’s dread oppression.

Before Thee none can boasting stand,

But all must fear Thy strict demand

And live alone by mercy.

 

Therefore my hope is in the Lord

And not in mine own merit;

It rests upon His faithful Word

To them of contrite spirit

That He is merciful and just;

This is my comfort and my trust.

His help I wait with patience.

 

And though it tarry till the night

And till the morning waken,

My heart shall never doubt His might

Nor count itself forsaken.

Do thus, O ye of Israel’s seed,

Ye of the Spirit born indeed;

Wait for your God’s appearing.

 

Though great our sins and sore our woes,

His grace much more aboundeth;

His helping love no limit knows,

Our utmost need it soundeth.

Our shepherd good and true is He,

Who will at last His Israel free

From all their sin and sorrow.

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