Chosen in Him before creation’s dawn,
Holy and blameless in His sight to live.
Predestined for adoption as His son,
To praise the grace He gloriously did give.
In Christ we have redemption through His blood.
Forgiveness lavished on us through God's grace.
We know this myst'ry of the will of God,
His pleasure purposed, through His Son we trace.
Once, we were dead in trespasses and sin.
Slaves to the nature of this fallen world.
Waiting the Spirit's pow'r to work within
And see the marvel of God's grace unfurled.
God, who is rich in mercy, in great love
Made us alive in Christ, our souls to save.
Raised us to live in heavenly realms above,
Far from the darkness of an awful grave.
We cannot boast in works that we have done.
All good in us is gifted from above.
May our lives echo praises to the Son,
And serve our God, to thank Him for His love.
James Hughes (February 2015)
Tune - Ellers - Edward John Hopkins (1818 - 1901)