Forgiveness and Strength for a Hopeless Sinner

I close my eyes to try an focus on how I feel today, in the hope that some words will surface. The image that immediately springs to mind is of one of those escape artists, bound tight in straight jacket and chains and dangling upside down under the water.

Except the person bound inside the tank is me, and I don’t know how to get out. I see the panic in my eyes as I struggle and scream, but only bubbles escape. The realisation that I have done this to myself only deepens my desperation. No one knows I am here, and no one is coming to help me. I feel the horror of it rising in my chest. I am hopeless.

And this is what my sweet Lord sends me, in the words of the Rend Collective

By grace alone somehow I stand
Where even angels fear to tread
Invited by redeeming love
Before the throne of God above
He pulls me close with nail-scarred hands
Into His everlasting arms
When condemnation grips my heart
And satan tempts me to despair
I hear the voice that scatters fear
The Great I Am The Lord is here
Oh praise the One who fights for me
And shields my soul eternally
Boldly I approach your throne
Blameless now I’m running home
By your blood I come
Welcomed as your own
Into the arms of majesty
Behold the bright and risen Son
More beauty than this world has known
I”m face to face with love Himself
His perfect spotless righteousness
A thousand years, a thousand tongues
Are not enough to sing His praise
This is the art of celebration
Knowing were free from condemnation
Oh praise the One, praise the One
Who made an end to all my sin
This is the art of celebration
Knowing were free from condemnation
Oh praise the One, praise the One
Who made an end to all my sin
Thank you, Lord.
Thank you for your Grace.
Thank you for your Love.
Thank you for your Forgiveness.
Thank you.
How I love you.
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