By Fred Zaspel–

Sing to the tune of “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”

Lost was I and helpless, damnation deserved,
Yet in my proud mind, thought ‘twould never be served.
No cares for my God, no concerns for my pride,
My sin I would keep — knew no reason to hide!

But God, rich in mercy and grace all divine,
Had chosen to save me, despite my designs.
He said he would love me and make me His son,
For reasons unknown — explanations I’ve none.

To save me He paid such an infinite cost —
His dear Son from glory He sent to my cross!
Laid all my sin on Him and punished Him there,
For me, who for Him would not ever have cared!

Then to me He came, and with o’erwhelming grace
He drew me to Him Who had taken my place.
I saw then in Him the great Savior alone,
Went running to take Him and make Him my own.

He took me, and oh, with what gladness I find —
He loves me and leads me with gentleness kind!
What mercy, what love, and what grace oh, so free!
My God, unto Thee shall my praise ever be!

Copyright 2005. Permission to copy these words for non-commercial uses is granted.

Fred Zaspel holds a Ph.D. in historical theology from the Free University of Amsterdam. He is currently a pastor at the Reformed Baptist Church of Franconia, PA. He is also the interim Senior Pastor at New Hyde Park Baptist Church on New York’s Long Island, and Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology at Calvary Baptist Seminary in Lansdale, PA. He is also the author of The Continuing Relevance of Divine Law (1991); The Theology of Fulfillment (1994); Jews, Gentiles, & the Goal of Redemptive History (1996); New Covenant Theology with Tom Wells (New Covenant Media); The Theology of B.B. Warfield: A Systematic Summary (Crossway, 2010). Fred is married to Kimberly and they have two grown children, Gina and Jim.

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