Last week, I mentioned my discovery of Indelible Grace Music and their wealth of re-worked hymns. There is a Presbyterian Church in Alabama, Red Mountain Church, which has done the same. I came across their version of Charles Wesley’s song Depth of Mercy a year or more ago via a YouTube search. I was not familiar with the song since it is not printed in the Baptist Hymnal, but I love the lyrics and its focus on the fallenness of man and the redemption and mercy that God so freely offers.
I had the opportunity to sing this past Sunday at church and chose this song with Red Mountain Music’s tune. I hope you enjoy it as well.
Depth of Mercy
Charles Wesley, 1740
Depth of mercy! Can there be
Mercy still reserved for me?
Can my God His wrath forbear,
Me, the chief of sinners, spare?
I have long withstood His grace,
Long provoked Him to His face,
Would not hearken to His calls,
Grieved Him by a thousand falls.
I have spilt His precious blood,
Trampled on the Son of God,
Filled with pangs unspeakable,
I, who yet am not in hell!
I my Master have denied,
I afresh have crucified,
And profaned His hallowed Name,
Put Him to an open shame.
Jesus speaks, and pleads His blood!
He disarms the wrath of God;
Now my Father’s mercies move,
Justice lingers into love.
There for me the Savior stands,
Shows His wounds and spreads His hands.
God is love! I know, I feel;
Jesus weeps and loves me still.
Pity from Thine eye let fall,
By a look my soul recall;
Now the stone to flesh convert,
Cast a look, and break my heart.
Now incline me to repent,
Let me now my sins lament,
Now my foul revolt deplore,
Weep, believe, and sin no more.