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Hymn Wednesday: Thy Mercy, My God


Years ago, Sandra McCracken discovered “Thy Mercy, My God” written by John Stocker in 1776. She writes, “I wrote a new melody to his four stanzas that afternoon, and these words have been an arresting companion for me in many changing seasons since that day.” [1]

McCracken’s moving rendition of “Thy Mercy, My God” appeared on her record, The Architect and the Builder, as well as Pilgrim Days: Indelible Grace II.

Hymn Text

1. Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song,
The joy of my heart, and the boast of my tongue;
Thy free grace alone, from the first to the last,
Hath won my affections, and bound my soul fast.

2. Without Thy sweet mercy I could not live here;
Sin would reduce me to utter despair;
But, through Thy free goodness, my spirits revive,
And He that first made me still keeps me alive.

3. Thy mercy is more than a match for my heart,
Which wonders to feel its own hardness depart;
Dissolved by Thy goodness, I fall to the ground,
And weep to the praise of the mercy I

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