609. 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
balm to heal the 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.
He sustains the hidden life
safe with him from earthly strife.

5 O my Savior, help afford
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, 1793-1870
Meter: 7 7 7 7 7 7
Language: English
Publication Date: 2006
Topic: Confession, Forgiveness
Tune Information
Composer: Richard Redhead, 1820-1901
Meter: 7 7 7 7 7 7
Key: E♭ Major

Audio recording: MP3
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