Another of Newton’s Precious Hymns

What consolation in knowing how God’s grace is sufficient for us.

II CORINTHIANS My Grace is sufficient for thee. Chap. 12:9

1 Oppress’d with unbelief and sin,

Fightings without, and fears within;

While earth and hell, with force combin’d,

Assault and terrify my mind:

2 What strength have I against such foes,

Such hosts and legions to oppose?

Alas! I tremble, faint, and fall;

Lord, save me, or I give up all.

3 Thus sorely prest, I sought the Lord,

To give me some sweet, cheering word;

Again I sought, and yet again;

I waited long, but not in vain.

4 Oh! ’twas a cheering word indeed!

Exactly suited to my need;

“Sufficient for thee is my grace,

Thy weakness my great pow’r displays.”

5 Now I despond and mourn no more,

I welcome all I fear’d before;

Though weak, I’m strong; though troubled, blest;

For Christ’s own pow’r shall on me rest.

6 My grace would soon exhausted be,

But his is boundless as the sea;

Then let me boast with holy Paul,

That I am nothing, Christ is all.

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About Reid Ferguson

Reid serves as the pastor for preaching and vision at Evangelical Church of Fairport in Fairport New York. A native of Rochester, N.Y., he has served in various ministry areas during his life, including: a founding member of the former Mark IV Quartet, Youth Pastor at ECF, former board member of the Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals (F.I.R.E.), and author of The Little Book of Things You Should Know About Ministry (Christian Focus Publications, 2002). Pastor Reid blogs regularly at Responsive Reiding.