Come Ye Sinners

June 28, 2011

One of the songs that Ora, Dan and gang use to tune our hearts on Sunday mornings is the 18th century song, Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy.  First, here are the words:

Come, ye sinners, poor and needy,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
Full of pity, love and power.


I will arise and go to Jesus,
He will embrace me in His arms;
In the arms of my dear Savior,
O there are ten thousand charms.

Come, ye thirsty, come, and welcome,
God’s free bounty glorify;
True belief and true repentance,
Every grace that brings you nigh.

Come, ye weary, heavy laden,
Lost and ruined by the fall;
If you tarry till you’re better,
You will never come at all.

View Him prostrate in the garden;
On the ground your Maker lies.
On the bloody tree behold Him;
Sinner, will this not suffice?

Lo! th’incarnate God ascended,
Pleads the merit of His blood:
Venture on Him, venture wholly,
Let no other trust intrude.

Let not conscience make you linger,
Not of fitness fondly dream;
All the fitness He requireth
Is to feel your need of Him.

I like this song for a number of reasons. First, I love that the song is about Jesus. Specifically, I appreciate that the song reminds us that in the arms of Jesus there are ten thousand charms. This is truth that my spiritually adulterous heart needs to hear. I need to be reminded that the “charms” I’m looking for are found in Jesus. He is the One who can give me the desires of my heart.

Second, I so appreciate the call in the song to not wait until we’re “cleaned up” before we run to Jesus. Notice the song says, “Let not conscience make you linger, not of fitness fondly dream, all the fitness He requireth is to feel your need of him.”  We don’t clean up our lives before we come to Jesus. That happens after we come (to varying degrees). All we have to do is realize our need and go to him. In an earlier verse the song says, “If you tarry tell your better you will never come at all.” This is a powerful warning. If we try to clean up first, well never come. The reason for this, of course, is that we can’t clean ourselves up.

By the way, the second verse of Just As I Am says the same thing:

Just as I am, and waiting not to rid my soul of one dark blot, to thee whose blood can cleanse each spot, O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

I will arise and go to Jesus. He will embrace me in his arms. Hallelujah!


2 Responses to “Come Ye Sinners”

  1. denise Says:

    I Love that Song!! Such Truth, it almost brings me to tears everytime we sing it.

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