Scripture Verse

Whom have I in Heaven but Thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee. Psalm 73:25

Introduction

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Richard W. Adams
1952–

Words: Chris­tian Gre­gor (1723–1801) (Ach, mein Herr Je­su, wenn ich dich nicht hät­te). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Brad­ley Mc­Ken­zie, 2017; ver­si­fied by Ri­chard W. Ad­ams, Ju­ly 4, 2017 (pub­lic do­main).

Music: Flem­ming Fried­rich F. Flem­ming, 1811 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Friedrich F. Flemming
1778–1813

Lyrics

Oh, my Lord Je­sus, if I did not have You,
Or if Your blood did not for sin­ners speak,
Where would my soul, least, and last, and lost,
Peace and for­give­ness seek?

Where would my tears and sor­row find relief?
What oth­er heart like Yours so full of love?
You are my con­fi­dence, You and You alone,
None oth­er reigns above.

Had You not loved me first, be­fore cre­ation,
My stub­born heart would not have sought Your grace;
You searched me out, and in Your mer­cy took me
Into Your fond emb­race.

Now, from the bot­tom of my soul I thank You,
For the eter­nal plan to give me rest,
Fellowship, life for­ev­er through the cross;
Your child is tru­ly blessed.