Sunday, June 6, 2021

Look Upon Me With Eyes of Mercy

 


O most gracious God and loving Father,
Who knows when I lay down and when I rise
I beseech you Lord as you behold my heart  
To look upon me now with mercy’s eyes.
So, Lord I pray, sanctify  unto me  
The peace that passes understanding’s bounds
That I may have the grace to walk before thee,
To do Your work wherever it is found

Oh look upon me with eyes of mercy, 
This wretched sinner make into a saint
You are near to all who call upon Thee
Strengthen me lest my faith shall faint.

Hasten, Father, the coming of your namesake  
Make me mindful of my final end, 
And of the reckoning that I am then to make
Of how on grace alone  I did depend
And in the meanwhile help me to be careful  
to follow Christ  and walk within His light
So in the regeneration I’ll be prayerful
To walk be faith alone and not by sight
 
Oh look upon me with eyes of mercy, 
This wretched sinner make into a saint
You are near to all who call upon Thee
Strengthen me lest my faith shall faint.

Oh that with Christ, that I may have a portion  
In the resurrection of the just, 
When this mortal life is ended  
To meet the mercy in which I place my trust
All that’s required and necessary for me,  
I humbly beg and crave now from thy hand
These graces, and all other blessings,  
now by your mercy I can rise and stand .
Oh look upon me with eyes of mercy, 
This wretched sinner make into a saint
You are near to all who call upon Thee
Strengthen me lest my faith shall faint.

Anthony Foster
based on a Puritan prayer by Lewis Bayly
June 6, 2021


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