No list of sins I have not one,
no list of virtues I pursue,
no list of those I am not like
can earn myself a place with You.
O God! be merciful to me--
I am a sinner through and through!
My only hope of righteousness
is not in me, but only You.
No humble dress, no fervent prayer,
no lifted hands, no tearful song,
no recitation of the truth
can justify a single wrong.
My righteousness is Jesus' life,
my debt was paid by Jesus' death,
my weary load was borne by Him
and he alone can give me rest.
No separation from the world,
no work I do, no gift I give,
can cleanse my conscience, cleanse my hands;
I cannot cause my soul to live.
But Jesus died and rose again--
the power of death is overthrown!
My God is merciful to me
and merciful in Christ alone!