Chosen in eternity,
Not because of anything I've done.
But the Father set His love on me
And in His mercy saved me through His Son.
There's no reason I can show
Why the Spirit worked within my soul.
But the dreadful debt that I did owe
Has all been cleared, and I have been made whole.
Now in freedom I can live
Through the cross, the final victory.
Help me Lord, while on this earth, to give
My life to thank the One who died for me.
When this world distracts my mind
With its wealth, it's pleasures and its sin,
Help me firmly put these things behind
And press ahead, a greater prize to win.
There's a longing in my heart
For much more than what I have today.
In this life we only know in part,
Help me to read Your word and strive to pray.
Father, please to me reveal
Through the Spirit given from above,
As Christ dwells within me let me feel
The depth, width, height of His surpassing love.
Let this love within me shine
Lighting up this dark world with such force,
That they long to have this faith of mine,
And seek it from the one and only source.
In your mercy, Lord, look down,
Send Your Spirit out to every part
Of each city, village and each town
And let Your grace be known in ev'ry heart.
James Hughes (June 2015)
Metre: 7. 9. 9. 10. D
Tune - "Lucy" by James Hughes