385. Chief of Sinners Though I Be

1 Chief of sinners though I be,
Jesus shed his blood for me,
Died that I might live on high,
Lives that I might never die.
As the branch is to the vine,
I am his and he is mine!

2 Oh, the height of Jesus' love,
Higher than the heav'ns above,
Deeper than the depths of sea,
Lasting as eternity,
Love that found me -- wondrous thought!--
Found me when I sought him not.

3 Only Jesus can impart
Comfort to a wounded heart:
Peace that flows from sin forgiv'n,
Joy that lifts the soul to heav'n,
Faith and hope to walk with God
In the way that Enoch trod.

4 Chief of sinners though I be,
Christ is all in all to me.
All my wants to him are known;
All my sorrows are his own.
Safe with him in earthly strife,
I await the heav'nly life.

5 Strengthen me, O gracious Lord,
By your Spirit and your word.
When my wayward heart would stray,
Keep me in the narrow way;
Grace in time of need supply
While I live and when I die.

Text Information
First Line: Chief of sinners though I be
Title: Chief of Sinners Though I Be
Author: William McComb, 1793-c. 1870 (alt.)
Meter: 77 77 77
Language: English
Publication Date: 1993
Topic: Justification
Tune Information
Name: GETHSEMANE
Composer: Richard Redhead, 1820-1901
Meter: 77 77 77
Key: E♭ Major
Copyright: Setting: © 1993 Kermit G. Moldenhauer. Used by permission.
Notes: Alternate setting: 104



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