369 Hear Gracious God


369 Hear Gracious God.mp3

The words of this hymn were written by Samuel Medley. He was born June 23, 1738, at Cheshunt, Herts, where his father kept a school. He received a good education; but not liking the business to which he was apprenticed, he entered the Royal Navy. Having been severely wounded in a battle with the French fleet off Port Lagos, in 1759, he was obliged to retire from active service. A sermon by Isaac Watts was read to him about this time, and this led to his conversion. He joined the Baptist Church in Eagle Street, London, then under the care of Dr. Gifford. He opened a school, which for several years was conducted with great success. After this, he began to preach, and later, in 1767, he received a call to become pastor of the Baptist church at Watford. This hymn expresses his own hearts cry for the need of grace and mercy. We are pleased to use Grace Hymns in our church, and I hope, by writing new music to this hymn, it will inspire others to take them up again.
G Em Am D
1. Hear, gracious God, a sinner’s cry
G Bm Em D
For I have nowhere else to fly
Am D
My hope, my only hope’s in Thee
G Em
O God, be merciful to me
Am D G
O God, be merciful to me

2. To Thee I come, a sinner poor
And wait for mercy at Thy door
Indeed, I’ve nowhere else to flee
O God, be merciful to me

3. To Thee I come, a sinner weak
And scarce know how to pray or speak
From fear and weakness set me free
O God, be merciful to me!

4. To Thee I come, a sinner vile
Upon me, Lord, vouchsafe to smile;
Mercy, through blood, I make my plea
O God, be merciful to me

5. To Thee I come, a sinner great
And well Thou knowest all my state
Yet full forgiveness is with Thee
O God, be merciful to me

6. To Thee I come, a sinner lost
Nor have I aught wherein to trust
But where Thou art, Lord, I would be
O God be merciful to me