Joseph Hart 1712-1768

Because thou sayest, I am rich” Rev 3:17

 

What makes mistaken men afraid

Of sovereign grace to preach!

The reason is, if truth be said,

Because they are so rich.

 

Why so offensive in their eyes

Does God’s election seem ?

Because they think themselves so wise

That they have chosen him.

 

Of perseverance why so loath

Are some to speak or hear ?

Because, as masters over sloth,

They vow to persevere.

 

Whence is imputed righteousness

A point so little known ?

Because men think they all possess

Some righteousness their own.

 

Not so the needy, helpless soul,

Prefers his humble prayer;

He looks to him that works the whole,

And seeks his treasure there.

 

His language is, Let me, my God,

On sovereign grace rely;

And own ’tis free, because bestowed

On one so vile as I.

 

Election ! tis a word divine;

For, Lord, I plainly see,

Had not thy choice preceded mine,

I ne’er had chosen thee.

 

For perseverance strength I’ve none,

But would on this depend…

That Jesus, having loved his own,

Will love them to the end.

 

Empty and bare, I come to thee

For righteousness divine :

0 may thy matchless merits be,

By imputation, mine.

 

Thus differ these; yet hoping each

To make salvation Sure.

Now most men will approve the rich,

But Christ has blessed the poor:

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Joseph Hart is the author of “Come Ye Sinners” and us buried in Bunhill Fields, the famous Puritan and Dissenter graveyard in London. This selection of “Because thou sayest, I am rich.”  is from A Selection of Hymns for Public Worship. by William Gadsby. The Gospel Standard Societies, 1977. 8 Roundwood Gardens, Harpenden, Herts. AL5 3AJ, England. Hymn 222. Pages 183-4.